...all are signs pointing hubby & I to do what we needs to be done, now! When you throw a few big projects into the mix of daily life, it can really wreak havoc w/ your normal routine!
The past few weeks we've:
- Torn down & rebuilt a retaining wall
- Installed a new storm door in effort to batton down the hatches before the long winter.
- Painted the shed & fence
- Canned peaches
- Rearranged the downstairs & purchased (still need to hang) thermal curtains to section off of the living room portion and make it cozier /more efficient to heat
- Painted both entryway doors & sanded years worth (& layer upon layer!) of old paint off our front stair railings before giving them a fresh coat of black
- This weekend we opened our front windows for the first time ever since we've lived here. They were sealed shut by the previous owners. It took some work - but it was nice to be able to let some fresh air in that way.
Playmaker started dual enrollment at the local university. Big adjustment. She's doing fine - but it's no doubt challenging for her. She's learned her way around campus & made some new friends. Spends a lot less time in school - but a lot of time studying these days. ... & playing soccer. She made Varsity at the high school & has three hour practices most every school day!
Strike's adjusting to her new school too. So new/different - but now that she's getting used to the routine & is making new friends, she's doing well & enjoying it. She hasn't had much homework & I gather that as a rule, they don't assign too much.
And me? I'm adjusting too. I try to get most of my stuff done around the house before school is out bc when the girls are home, I really want to be all there -- for them. They always have so much to talk about now. The other day, Playmaker called me between classes just to talk. Her head was spinning after a heated debatein her opinion oriented Writing class. - Guess that's to be expected when the textbook title is "For Argument's Sake". Anyhow - she just wanted someone to talk about "the great debate" with & I can't tell you how pleased I was that of all people....she chose me! :)
Soon I should be able to find some time to work on the quilt I started last year...
Yesterday ... turned the kitchen upside down canning pears & apples & making vanilla extract & homemade pumpkin yeast bread. Spokes stopped in & ended up staying the night. So good to see him. He & his dad did some work on his car before we finally sat down to a potroast dinner complete w/ mashed potatos & green bean casserole (family favorites!), homemade bread & hot apple cider. By the the time we cleaned up the kitchen that last (umpteenth!) time my husband I were both about ready to pass out. It was fun tho' & as you can see, even Mak didn't want to miss out.