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The most important thing about this month is that E turned 13. At my brother’s birthday party, just a day before Elisa’s birthday, they shared cakes from my favorite bakery, Ceci cela.

IMG_2348There are two important things in this photo: the tiny yellow buds on the trees and the paved (mud less) walkway. Processed with VSCOcam with g1 presetElisa has become a giant recently.
IMG_2343This photo I took for Mary Ann, though it is probably soft ball. I love the colors.IMG_2357

What a girl!

For her real birthday we stayed in the city. At the end of winter I feel restless  and this winter has been endless. Elisa was a good sport and walked with me for hours through Central Park, including past the Sheep Meadow. The name made us feel more at home. Just when she was getting tired enough to complain we  found soft pretzel cart at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the Natural History Museum. Louie was with us, snug in a stroller and stayed awake until we got on the subway to head back.


The other important thing about going to NYC for Elisa was seeing Louie.

IMG_2386It was hard to leave him but the next day it was time to head home for party #3 with Billy and Harriet. Harriet’s beautiful cake was very tall and completely cover in swirling icing the color of lilacs.  Also, delicious. We ate the whole thing in a week and we are kind of caked-out now. There was a scavenger hunt too, designed by Harriet which led to Elisa’s gift. I was tired from the drive and sat on the couch feeling like Louie in his stroller and wasn’t any  help. IMG_2419I hadn’t been sleeping well for too many days in a row and then the weather got warm last weekend. We left the bedroom windows open at night and it was glorious. I dug up perennials one morning to divide while the girls did their school work and on our run up on top of the hill I found ramps in the woods.DSC_0010DSC_0011DSC_0004DSC_0016DSC_0029And then it snowed again. No one was in a mood to see that but it melted fairly quickly. Most of it has. At least the dogs are cleaner. DSC_0034DSC_0036
DSC_0125DSC_0117April is not over of course.


4 thoughts on “April

  1. I have been waiting at least six years for this post. Elisa is just beautiful. And Harriet’s cake is out of this world. A wonderful time had by all including me. (Love all the photos.)

  2. What a girl is right! And what glorious photos and beautiful words and thank you for the baseball picture. I so love this post and NYC and your dogs, cat, nephew, daughters two and even the snow. Wonderful, totally, dear Anna.

  3. BON ANNIVERSAIRE, lovely Elisa! Gorgeous photos of the birthday girl AND delicious cakes and landscape……and a vicarious trip to NEW YORK CITY. Who could wish for anything more?

  4. Happy birthday, one and all. Including the cat and the dogs. Would love to meet up with you in NYC if we can’t make it to Tully. –Wendy, who needs some parties, or at least more cake.

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