Friday, May 13, 2011

Dear Kids,
      Yay! Two days of sunshine! Yesterday I went for a long bike ride along the Jordan River, checking out the families of ducks and geese, dodging bumps on the trail, and dodging pedestrians. Mostly I can get them to dodge me if I jingle my bell, but old men never hear me! Old men with ear buds especially! Anyways, it was a beautiful ride. The river is getting high, but not as high as it’s going to be! Last time I checked on the KSL snowpack page, the Provo River drainage had 250% of normal snowpack! If we start having hot days, that water’s all going to come down!
      Last Saturday was another gorgeous day, a perfect day for Paul’s graduation. After the ceremony, I wanted to walk across campus, from the Fine Arts building to Old Main. As many times as Dad and I have been there, we’ve always been on the edges. And I figured with our last kid graduating from USU, I wanted to see what the middle of the campus looked like. So Paul and I trotted down the lane with pine trees on both sides–in fact, you nearly have to run to keep up with Paul. Nora and Donna and their strollers came along after us. We took pictures in front of Old Main, and then we walked to Paul’s apartment and had a picnic out on his lawn. It wasn’t too hot or too cold, and there’s a great view of the valley from his front yard.
      My two piano classes are still going really well, along with chess club. On Wednesday, our chess club had to meet in the lunch room of the Harman Center, because they were cleaning carpets in the game room. We had three new people, who were just wandering through, and stopped to play. I don’t know if they’ll stick, but on an average day, we sometimes have 10 or 12 people. They like it that we’re so low key, and with more people, everybody has a chance to win. Dad has been doing especially well. He’s a veteran of four or five months now.
      On Sunday, the day after tomorrow, I’m cooking Sunday dinner. We’ll eat about 4:30, or whenever people can get there. Let me know if you’re coming!
      Lots of love, Mom