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Mother's Day

I'm still sick. You'd think that I'd be well after a week or more but I'm not. My third son, who got sick a week before me is also still sick and now the rest of the family is dropping with it. Not fun.

We had a good Mother's Day, however. At least I think it was. I had some black tea Saturday, early evening, and so it was late before I could get to sleep (I'm very sensitive to caffeine and sometimes forget this because tea is my favourite drink) and my sleep was very broken after that because of all the coughing and nose-blowing. As a result, I missed church and slept all morning. When I got up, about noon, I was going to drive to a favourite bakery to buy my favourite lunch-to-go and then pick up Son Three so he could come home to play games but Son Four generously offered to go instead, which was very nice. Son Three needed more sleep so I sat here, at my computer, enjoying my lunch (eating dessert first, of course).

When Son Three arrived later on his bicycle, the boys and I set up a game by National Geographic that I love but haven't played for years, "On Assignment." You are given picture cards and, from looking at the photo, guess what country it is from. Some are easy, like two I got, one with the flag of Israel and the other with many flags of the USA. But others are more difficult, such as an aerial shot of a city being overtaken by the desert. The border around each photo at least tells you what continent it's in. If you guess the country wrong, you are given a clue in the form of a photo-journalist's assignment. Sometimes they're helpful and sometimes they're not. If you can't guess with that, there are three more clues that progressively give more information about the country until finally, you are given the coordinates. The game board is a map with the latitudes and longditudes marked so this last clue means that even if you've never heard of the country in question, you can find it and give its name. There are also general information questions ("Name the four largest islands of Japan," or "On what Hawaiian island is such and such a volcano?") for extra points. It was fun and very educational and the boys enjoyed it so much we played it twice.

My husband, after hosting a yard sale all weekend, prepared a lovely dinner. The day was warm and sunny (about 10ºC/60ºF) so the boys put a red gingham cloth on the table outside and we ate on the patio--the first time this year. I didn't have the energy but they all played a funny clapping game, shifting chairs when one of them goofed up.

I love our family times together and our sons are a lot of fun and a great delight to me. Too bad the eldest is roaming in Europe and couldn't join us. I miss him.

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