Today the little girls and I went to play with Ranger and Erika. First we accompanied them to Erika’s midwife appointment, where we chased Ranger up and down the stairs, with him giving us kisses through the railings now and then– what a charmer– and then hearing that sweet little baby swooshing around inside Erika– only 7 more weeks!
Then we were off for an adventure thrifting where we found a sweet slip-covered rocking chair for Erika ($20) and some great wicker shades for me that turned out to be too narrow for the windows I had in mind. (Hm…anyone have cool uses for wicker shades? I can’t stand the thought of not using them for something!) Later we did a bit of furniture-moving at Erika’s house, then some birthday shopping for my son who turns 19 Saturday (fun secrets) and a tiny bit of grocery shopping before heading home.
On the way home in the heat we were positively melting. Basically we’d spent most of the day in and out of a hot vehicle running errands, punctuated by furniture-moving at Erika’s house, not exactly a cooling endeavor. And a black van takes a LONG time to cool off in 100 degree weather, even with the A/C cranked. I had just hit my limit of heat. For a bit I was feeling sorry for myself, so tired and just wishing to be home lying in front of a cool vent. Then I started listening, really listening, to my little girls, and they were chattering about friends (how all of Emily’s are chatty and know interesting factoids) and tooth fairies (apparently ours forgot to show up last night) and what we will do in heaven someday (Emily thinks we won’t play games because in games someone always loses, and how could that be allowed in heaven??) And pretty soon the air was blowing colder and I was enjoying my time after all.
I saw the other day a meme on The Homemaking Cottage that looked like something I’d like to write about. And so I picked out a few questions from it to answer, and made up another question or two of my own. Feel free to play along in comments, or on your own blog if you wish.
Two recent meals: Shepherd’s Pie was Tuesday evening, and this evening we had barbecued chicken (BBQ’d by my son, since I was unable to bear the task in my semi-melted state) and cabbage slaw. Both meals were yummy.
A recipe I’d like to try: Jello Peach Pie or Easy Chickpea Curry with Coconut Rice
What I’m liking around my home: I’m adoring a big planter that Amanda (Eldest) and her husband Ben gave me for Mother’s Day. I put it on my back patio, in a shady location right in front of my kitchen window. You can see it above. It is blooming hugely and I enjoy it every single day. ALL the other years of living here, I put my flower pots on the front porch to be enjoyed by visitors, and gradually to wither away in the heat of August. This one I decided to place where I could see it from the kitchen sink and I am enjoying it SO much more. It is a revelation to me. (Also, guests, sorry about the no-flower thing on the front porch.) But really, why not put them where the people who live here can enjoy them?
What I’d like to improve: I need to help Em and Julianna sort out their room. It’s a clutter-bomb again. They just have too many things, and we need to do some weeding out so they can breathe in there. I read a post on Living Well, Spending Less about a mom who took away almost all of her kids’ toys. I don’t want to go quite to that extreme, but I can completely see her point about having space to breathe and think. I am toying with the idea of helping ALL the kids declutter during the next few weeks. We’ll see how far we get.
What I created this week: a new style of diaper cover that a friend says works well for her babies. Hoping it will work well for Erika’s new little one too. Isn’t it cute? It has double elastic at the leg, and the absorbency is provided by lay-in diaper liners, which means the cover itself (supposedly) does not get especially wet, and thus rarely leaks. We’ll see what Erika thinks.
Favorite job around the house: probably cooking dinner if it’s not too hot– I really do like cooking. (I know, I’m strange.)
What I’m reading: Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World. I’m going to blog more about it next week, but for now I’ll just say it is excellent and a great reminder to keep working on this task in a warm and nurturing way. Kids really need to learn this skill.
Quote of the week: “Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.”Augustine. So often as a human I can get caught up in doing, or in feeling like this or that project is the solution to problems that bother me. I am so comforted by the reminder of the source of all rest: Jesus.
I hope you have a blessed weekend. And if you’d like to answer some of the above questions in comments, below, I’d love to hear a bit about your week. I really do appreciate everyone who takes the time to read here.