I am tired. It was a somewhat emotional day for me for all sorts of silly reasons. As most everybody knows, my husband and I babysit Bean on the days she is not in school -- three days last year and two this year. On the days she was in school we picked her up. Her last day for Pre-K 4 was last Friday but my daughter was still in school all this week so we had Bean all week. I am not used to having her all day for five days and I knew I would be tired but I really enjoyed it knowing that next year she will be in school five days a week. We will be picking her up from school but that is so little time together after having had the privilege of having these two years with her. It hit me at lunch today -- this would be the last lunch I would be making for her -- the last lunch we would be sharing -- the last intense conversation over lunch. Oh, I know there will be the odd days I will have her, when she is sick or there are school holidays that don't coincide with her mother's days off but it won't be the same. Oh, the sadness hit like a ton of bricks. I now have to adjust to my new reality. I am sure I will be fine but I will miss her and her antics, the long talks, the reading lessons, surgery on the stuffed animals -- all those things. She is growing up too fast for me.
After I get done with my pity party I have to play catch up. I have an email to answer (Bonnie!) and a snail mail letter to answer (Mary!). I am thankful these two friends are patient because I wanted to wait until I could give these correspondences proper attention -- I don't like to try to answer important letters in a rushed manner and these letters are important. So, that will be the first on my list of things to do starting tomorrow morning.
Next thing is helping Hubs do a little yard work. We still haven't replaced the tree that fell down and after looking at the whole of the area, we have decided a complete re-do is in order. Neither one of us is "into" yard work so we are going to make things easier. Actually, when we had the landscaping done in the back garden it was in an effort to make things easier but the reality of it is, it just became an over abundance of work that neither one of us wants to undertake. It has become bigger than the two of us together.
There is some sewing to be done and definitely some de-cluttering. I have done a lot of reading about minimalism and living with what we really need -- not everything we have collected and I am sure this summer will mean a good look at everything that is stuffed in obscure drawers and closet corners. Some of that will be started tomorrow as well.
I have plans to do some stitching -- hopefully finishing something and then there is the ever ongoing effort to read through my personal library. I have enough unread books to keep me busy for years -- absolutely years. So what do I do? I go to the library. I have no more room for books so I was thinking an e-reader would be a great idea and it is but I am finding the books to be a little more expensive than I would like to pay. I do frequent Half Price Books which is great on price but still doesn't solve the problem of too many books. Yes, I could sell them back but they give you nothing and I would just as soon donate my excess bookage to the library. There will be some culling of books and more reading -- always reading.
So, anyway (as Ellen says) that is what I have been up to for the last couple of weeks and what my foreseeable future looks like. Hopefully my energy will bounce back after a good nights sleep and I will get back into some sort of a routine. After two years of spending the majority of my time at somebody else's house I am going to have to reacquaint myself with my own and try to make it meaningful. I guess I will just have to take it one day at a time and make it work.
Oh, and by the way, I think the new Col. Sanders of KFC fame is creepy! I don't like it!
Have a wonderful Friday and I will see you on the flip side.