We had pancakes for supper last night. Two of my daughters helped me mix them up from scratch. (We always make them from scratch. (This recipe is good and easy. And we make our own syrup, too.) The six year old had a blast learning to crack eggs. The four year old whisked like a whirling dervish. It was fun. It was bonding time. It was a Kodak moment (except I didn't take any pictures because I was too busy enjoying my kids to take pictures).
Later - time to do the dishes. My helpers washed everything themselves (including much of themselves). Except for my big glass mixing bowl. They know I love that bowl and they didn't want to risk breaking it. So I put it into the dishwater to soak and we all ran off to play.
Before going to bed I thought "I'll just wipe this bowl down so it's done." I know you see what's coming. Of course the washing water had gone cold so I tipped the dishpan to drain it ... CRASH. The soapy bowl slipped into the side of the sink:
So sad. I thought I would have to say goodbye. Poor, poor 'Glasbake made for Sunbeam'. You outlasted your yellow stand mixer companion and survived four of our household moves only to meet a bubbly death by Dawn. You leave behind a bereft smaller mixing bowl with no one to nest inside of now. You were the only bowl I could use with my super-powerful Bosch hand mixer to make brownies without too much spattering. Thank you for this last lesson you have taught me: Never wash dishes when I'm tired. I'm hoping that will save the lives of your Pyrex fellows.
I didn't actually cry (though the six year old cried for me - so sweet) but I couldn't bring myself to deal with the pieces right then, so I left everything in the dishpan until morning. While contemplating sending my near-antique to the landfill, it occured to me. I could fill it with land myself.
Meet our new toad abode/fairy amphitheater/garden ornament:
I think the other animals are a little afraid of the Giant Tortise, but he's really very friendly. Now it just has to withstand any hailstorms the summer may send its way. Eventually the creeping sedum I started this year should surround it.
And the flowers? If you know what they are, could you please tell me? They were part of a packet of mixed seeds, and didn't bloom the first year. Also, they are very tall, two feet at least. I tried to Google "purple wildflower" and actually found two pictures of them. But when I clicked through to each site, both photos were captioned, - you guessed it - "purple wildflower". Very helpful. I'd like to know if they're going to die back or last all summer, and if they will grow again next season.