It's Thursday afternoon and the smell of fresh basil drying in the oven fills the house. I harvested some soon after Amanda and the girls left.
Freshly Picked Basil
They arrived Tuesday evening after Amanda got off work. Soon after arrival we grabbed some blankets and headed out to watch the Perseids meteor shower..."my annual birthday party in the sky" ...as I call it.
The Crescent Moon and Venus in the Western Sky
The night sky was absolutely gorgeous! The crescent moon and Venus hung low in the western sky and soon disappeared below the horizon. Overhead we caught sight of several lovely meteors as they went streaking across the darkening nighttime sky; a few of them were quite brilliant. We observed again last night, but the meteor shower peaks tonight (the 12th into the wee hours of the morning on the 13th). If I can muster up the courage to go out by myself I might take one last stab at observation tonight on my own. 🌠
Amanda, her girls, and I went to Mary's for breakfast yesterday morning and Patrick and Amber invited us for supper last night. Tony and Nicole treated us to homemade banana splits for dessert.
A Favorite Birthday Treat
The rest of our visit was spent playing Splendor. It's a great strategy game in which the players are described as "...Renaissance merchants racing to grab gems, acquire property, and please nobility." I'm afraid that Amanda has got me quite hooked on it!
Now it's time to straighten the house a bit, do some laundry, and get ready for tomorrow. Amber is taking me home (Blue Springs) tomorrow for my birthday.
Until next time...
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