And so life goes on…
I know you must have been waiting with bated breath for my return. Where exactly is it that I have been you ask? All over and back more than a few times. Things have been pretty crazy for the last, let’s say, three weeks, and just as I am starting to recover, I am about to begin yet another journey into the unknown.
Going back to the end of June, just after my last post, I headed up north for a week of relaxation with some family friends. We planted ourselves in a cabin on a lake and lived happily without the every day luxuries most of us consider to be necessities (no running water:translates into showering out of a 5 gallon bucket and washing dishes with boiled lake water; no electricity: translates into no TV, no cable, no radio, no video games, no electric switches; no traditional phone, and very limited cell phone service). We entertained ourselves with a few trips down to visit friends at the lodge, camp fires, card games, coloring, puzzles, and lots and lots of needed sleep. We did return a day early due to uncooperative weather and allergy issues, but overall, it was a much needed and thoroughly enjoyed vacation.
Only a day and a half after my return, I headed right back out for an overnight visit with my BFF. That trip was extended because much to my dismay, just as I was about to get on the highway and head home, I was abruptly rearended. The Manchild started to complain that his head hurt, and of course then I was worried about the babies too, so we headed to the ER just to be sure everyone was OK. That we were, and we enjoyed one more night with a delicious breakfast the next morning. Oh how I love to visit that house!
I recently had an appointment with the director of the nursing program I was accepted into, only to find that really, they are not taking much for transfer credits at all, and now I plan to finish my nursing education abroad. I’m still working on the details, so we will leave this new development here until there is more, definite news to report.
The straw bale garden is doing well overall, but I seem to have lost all of the canteloupe plants and a tomato plant (Cherokee). It seems like overnight I had a visit from the garden fairy, and the plants are really beginning to produce now. For a while it seemed like I was never going to see any fuit for all of the labor! My Dr. Bronner’s concoction seems to have done the trick in shooing off the unwelcome visitors that we had on our plants.
The Manchild has started swimming on a summer league in a neighboring town. He seems to be enjoying that, and while he has practice I am able to take the babies over to the playground next to the pool and watch them exlpore and wander. Popo has learned how to turn the sprinkler in the park on by pressing the red button, and every day when I pick her up after work now she tells me she wants to go to the sprknkler… the only thing is that it took a few days to figure out what she was saying because sprinkler sounds like ‘spanking’!
Summer seems to be slipping away before my eyes, but this last month especially I have been trying to make the time to enjoy the little things. Some of the chores have been pushed off for fun, and I’ve been making sure to enjoy the littles. Last night The Baby seemed to be ready for bed as soon as we got home. Since she seemed extra cranky and extra extra clingy, I snuggled with her for a little bit and then rocked her to sleep.
I’ve been trying to get back on track with my domestic duties; sticking to my laundry schedule, staying on top of little pick-ups around the house, and finally working on a meal plan. Of course that meal plan I have been working on was supposed to be ready for this week, but hey, life happens… so hopefully we will be eating somewhat planned starting next week.
Nothing else new and exciting to report on for the day, so that’s it for now!