Yesterday was a perfect day for me. We did all of my favorite things: cooking, eating, gardening, and art. First we baked the rhubarb pie using this recipe (I make my crusts from The Best Recipe) which started the day off on the right note. Nothing like warm rhubarb pie! It probably should've had a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with it, but we didn't have any. Thanks for all your rhubarb recipe suggestions by the way! I'm going to try some more rhubarb cooking this weekend, including the rhubarb/strawberry combo which I've never tried. Gotta start more days off on the right note...
Maia and I also spent some time in the garden. She helped me thin out the mizuna and other greens, replanting the thinnings in a bare area. Maia said she wanted to help me "the WHOLE time" (rare) and planted her little seedlings mostly completely under the dirt.
Later in the day, we got out the paints and Maia mixed colors for a while then painted an airplane. She asked to do some painting outside, too, so I might set up the easel in the backyard today.
Here's the end of the painting session. You could say it deteriorated but I was glad to see her not afraid to get messy. She dislikes stuff on her hands more and more these days which makes an artful parent a little sad. I'm hoping it's a phase, although I suppose art doesn't always have to be messy. I'm just getting nostalgic for this and this.
Anyway, all in all, a very good day.