The least I could do is post, eh?
Okay, I'll do an update and sprinkle in a few of Emily's pictures. (Emily is my 14 year old daughter.) Maybe they'll give those of us still dwelling in cold weather a little hope that spring and summer will return.
What can I say? At heart I am a very constant person. My children eat three meals a day and the laundry is always done. (Not always finished....always done. At some point.) When it comes to *spare moments, however, I go in spurts. January and February were spent by reading, reading, reading and knitting, knitting, knitting. (*Spare moments? Ha Ha. Spare moments mean STILL doing 4 or 5 things at once. Spare moments really mean that I should be doing something else, but choose to do something more fun. That's just how life is, and I think it's good!)
As March approached, the books and the yarn fell by the wayside and I have been CONSUMED by my decluttering gene. (Apparently, it is a gene that only becomes dominant as Spring approaches. The decluttering gene is not to be confused with the cleaning gene. They are not one and the same. My house can be orderly yet still have spiderwebs on the ceilings.)
I've spent hours sorting through our bookshelves. I decided that no family needs 15 books on personal budgeting, particularly when 12 of those books were written in the 1980s. A few of my books will make it to a grand and gloriously new future on ebay, the rest are finding their destiny via Paperback Swap. Paperback Swap has proven profitable - for the people who want my books. I've mailed out a ton in just a few days. Now, I can't think of any books that I want to request in return. Help me out, here. What do I want to read? Too bad I already went through my reading kick. I need to coordinate myself better.
As I sort and list, I'm tentatively and mentally working out curriculum for my kids next year. My oldest son will have graduated, but I will have added a kindergartener. I'll still be at 5 school-aged children. I thought I had the entire high school curriculum figured out, then through trial and error realized that what worked for my oldest would not work (not even remotely) for the next kid in line. It is back to the drawing board for me, and at the high school level this feels daunting. I know what I want, and what I do not want - but locating it seems difficult. I don't really want to put together our own curriculum, but will if I must.
The lady that I was providing night time care for is now out of the hospital. She is in a nursing home for rehab and therapy, so that job has ended. I knew when I began that it was likely just for a time, and the time was right for it to be over. I believe that I have been a comfort for her. I am glad to be home again for all of my evenings. It was something that I needed to do to help out, and I'm grateful to have found a way to do so without compromising time with my children. I'm equally as grateful to be home and able to focus more fully while here. I'm a smidgen less tired than I was.
That's all, I think. Just wanted to say hello. No promises (as always) about regular blogging. When the blogging gene reasserts its dominance, I'll be back.
God bless you. If you stop by be sure and say hello!