Red Rose

Okay, so I’ve not exactly kept to my commitment to get outside and play, nor have I gotten any interior painting done. My son has played video games since he got out of school for the summer last Wednesday — his last summer before high school!

I’ve taken advantage of his laziness and have fallen in step, or rather maintained my own lazy lifestyle at my computer as he is at his. We are pathetic! At first he played his computer games in the family room. Now he has moved his base of operations back into his room. He goes through phases. Wonder when or if I’ll see him again this summer. Just joking.

Our huge accomplishment yesterday was readying the gas barbecue for my husband. We tag teamed it. Much of the interior elements had simply disintegrated, so I removed the dregs and we replaced them with lava rock from our landscaping. My son selected, cleaned, and artfully arranged the lava rock in the barbecue. The resulting evenly distributed heat made for delicious steaks grilled by my husband.

Okay, my son just came down for a visit, turns out he is researching for our mountain biking trip this summer. He loves studying videos of other bikers, and of the trails he plans on riding. Actually, he’s also been researching all sorts of interesting scientific facts which he rattles off: “Did you know…?” No, I did not know… Fact of the day is…

Son: “Guess what the most surprising dominant gene is?”

Me: “I don’t know.”

Son: “Guess.”

Me: “Blue eyes, brown eyes, height…”

Son: “Six fingers. The dominant gene is for six fingers, not five. But nearly no one has the dominant gene in their gene pool.”

So far today I have learned nifty new scientific facts, watched a re-enactment of Star Wars IV using only text characters thanks to my son’s prodding, sat at my computer reading and writing, ran errands, went to a couple of doctors’ appointments, and dead-headed my roses. Figured the least I could do was share a picture of one of my roses. Enjoy!