Thankyou for the condolences that were left for our family. It was really nice to read through them all. It has been a week of adjustments for us.
I haven’t been writing much lately, but would like to get back at it, so I am borrowing some prompts from A Simple Woman’s Daybook to get myself started again (though I don’t particularly like to think of myself as simple). I may use them once a week or just a couple of times a month, but it is a good way to get started with recording family life around here.
Outside my window:
It’s sunny and around 16°C, a friend’s son is helping rake out the gardens, the tall hormonal kid is cleaning the tack room, the small kid is getting ready to ride and the dad is ripping up part of the interlocking brick floor in the porch and (hopefully) fixing it.
I am thinking:
That I should be making my way into town soon to pick up some groceries for the week.
I am thankful:
For friends and neighbours. They’ve been very kind lately.
In the kitchen:
There is a pot of soup bubbling away, made with leftover pork roast and fixings that neighbours brought to feed the entire family on Friday night. The neighbours stayed for dinner as well and we had a nice evening filled with food, wine and reminiscences of my father-in-law. There is leftover pasta for lunch – also kindly provided by friends (thanks Dr.s K&J).
I am wearing:
A t-shirt and fleece pants, but will change before I go into town. We have an agreement around here – my husband has promised to point out my lack of appropriate clothing if I should ever attempt to leave the house in sweat pants. So far, so good.
I am creating:
I’ve been knitting myself a sweater, but I haven’t picked it up in over a week.
I am going:
To finish setting up the porch furniture once the dad is finished fixing the floor. It’s a great room and we’ve been looking forward to the weather warming up enough for us to use it.
I am wondering:
If we will have the house and grounds looking ok for all of the company that will be arriving next weekend for my father-in-law’s wake/Celebration of Life.
I am reading:
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews.
I am hoping:
That there might be time for a nap this afternoon.
I am looking forward to:
Feeling like I know what I am doing in my new job. I’m not there yet.
I am learning:
A new job. I think I will really enjoy it.
Around the house:
I’ve ironed some linens in anticipation of company, changed beds, washed the cushions for the furniture in the porch and am making my way up Mount Laundrymore.
I am pondering:
Why nobody in the family will close doors/cupboard doors/drawers (or the garage door). I think they are trying to drive me insane.
A favorite quote for today:
Dust is just a country accent. ~Author Unknown
One of my favorite things:
Some rose linen spray that my husband’s aunt gave me – it smells so pretty.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Finish the laundry, plant the apple tree that friends gave us to plant in our father-in-law’s memory, get ready for a mid-week overnight guests and more again on the weekend. It will be another busy week, but after that life should settle down again into a spring and summer routine.