Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Also, Mamma Thrasher, who had constructed the coarse foundation on the day I took pictures, finished the inside of her nest the next two days afterward with much finer material. Today I peeked in and she was sitting on at least one egg. I didn't get a good look in there because I felt bad for scaring her away.
As I type this, I am looking out of the window and there are three Mourning Doves playing in the bird bath.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
How many times recently have you just. stopped. to enjoy the day? Stopped all the errand running. Paused all the kids' activities. Said "no" to everyone else except the beautiful family that the Lord blessed you with?
Our society is full of people with overly busy schedules, myself included. We complain about the days going by so fast! How many times have you said, "I swear the days are getting faster!" I remember as a child it would take for. freaking. ever. to get to my birthday or Christmas. But each year since I have had kids, the days get faster and faster. Weeks go by at the speed of light.
Just yesterday my kids were learning to sit up by themselves. Now the oldest is driving.
This Lenten season, however, I got a taste of that slow snail's pace we used to have as kids (at least those of us older than 40). You know, when you went out in the morning after breakfast on your bike and rode and rode and played with friends all day long until dusk when the mosquitos started stinging. I always knew it was time to go home and go inside when my legs got itchy.
Today, Easter Sunday, was the epitome of a day with a relaxed pace. We awoke at 6:30 a.m. and got ready for 7:30 Mass. After Mass we came home to have breakfast with friends. It was so nice the four of us adults sat outside on the front porch and talked for hours. Then we got the dishes cleaned up, spiffed up the house a bit to get ready for the week ahead, and then went over to the house of some other friends. Their kids are the same ages as nos. 1, 2, and 3.
The kids swam in their pool all afternoon. They got out to eat dinner and to play a game of bean bag toss, but pretty much the rest of the time they were like fish and were swimming and enjoying the water. The grown ups got to sit and chat and the clock ticked a little slower than normal. They made a bonfire and we roasted marshmallows and their son, the oldest, played the guitar. The kids sang songs that they knew and laughed and burned tons of marshmallows. YUM.
It was just the perfect day.
We all need days like that (more than we allow ourselves) to teach our children to relax. Our kids are learning how to juggle a thousand and one extra-curricular activities, but we are doing them a disservice if we never teach them how to relax.
That is my goal this year: build in as much time to be together as a family without distractions from totally enjoying the day that the Lord has made. Oh sure, a busy person will argue that they can enjoy the day the Lord has made for them while being busy at the same time. But that reminds me of Martha and Mary from the gospel. You know the story.
There is a difference between appreciating a day that the Lord has made versus really being out there and fully enjoying it.
Soaking it all up. Absorbing every molecule of the day.
It is the ultimate way to be thankful for a day.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
My friend who was taking no. 1 to dance pulled up in front of the house and I hobbled to the car. "Look." I said, showing her my hand. "Oh, you broke a little blood vessel," she calmly stated.
Friday, April 22, 2011
- 2 Beefsteak tomatoes
- 1 Better Boy tomato
- 1 Sweet 100 (grape tomato)
- 1 Buttercrunch lettuce
- 1 Broccoli
- 2 cucumber
- 2 yellow squash
- 1 zucchini
- 2 basil
- 1 parsley
- 1 cilantro
- 1 strawberry
- 8 bags potting soil
- 1 bag dolomite lime
- 1 bag 10-10-10 fertilizer
- and 1 gorgeous Saturday afternoon
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I found this on Lindsey Jo's pinterest page and immediately thought of a conversation I had recently with someone young who feels socially awkward. God bless her.
Lord have mercy I wouldn't go back to the teenage years for all the tea in China.
And speaking of "Lord have mercy," King and I must ask for mercy a lot around here (we sure need it), because the wee one today was lifting something heavy to bring to me because she thought I needed it and I heard her between grunts of struggling say "God have mercy!"
Probably wrong, but adorable nonetheless.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
MONDAY: Started my day at 6:00 am. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god-- with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!! Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines.. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring! Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!
TUESDAY: I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT! It's a whole new life for me.
WEDNESDAY: The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot. Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying. My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why in the name of all that is holy would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too.
THURSDAY: A-hole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl.. I couldn't help being a half an hour late-- it took me that long to tie my shoes. He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny wench to find me. Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine-- which I sank.
FRIDAY: I hate that bastard Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anaemic, anorexic, little aerobic instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it. Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the floor, don't hand me the dadgum barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich. The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
SATURDAY: Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel..
SUNDAY: I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year I will choose a gift that is more lighthearted and fun-- like a root canal or a hysterectomy. Besides, if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Then, when she made us lunch, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Tomato & basil paninis. Something similar to this.
Do you already know about Earth Boxes? If not, take about 30 minutes and Google it. Look at this You Tube video and see how normal people like you and me can successfully grow vegetables and fruits.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
- change sheets, flip mattress, air out pillows in sun
- clean kitchen walls, wipe down cabinet fronts, wash kitchen windows, "quick shine" kitchen floors
- admire shine
- hose off front porch
- spray perimeter of house for bugs
- trim tree branches on backyard young live oak
- hang. this. hammock.
- wonder why we didn't do it sooner
We now have seven places on our property to be out in nature and relax. The stupid thing is that we don't have many opportunities to get out there. Perhaps the next items on our list should be
9. look for every opportunity to relax
10. take it
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
No. 1 was given an application to fill out for the National Honor Society recently. On it were questions about where all the student volunteers on a regular basis, what activities the student is involved in, what organizations the student is involved in in which they held leadership positions both in and out of school, honors and awards the student has received.
I mean, can't she just put on the application,
"Regarding volunteering and leadership skills: I am the first born of five children."
Nuff said. N'est ce pas?