Odd Bits

If I were superstitious person I might have thought that attempting to make coffee with whole beans in the French press was an omen for a rather lumpy day. But as it was I just told myself to get my head in the game and then I made my coffee properly and sat on the deck with Gregory to make a plan for the day. We decided to eat all our biggest frogs first which included cleaning out the grodiness under the appliances, sorting out our junk drawers, and deciding which weird bits under the sinks are worth keeping and which should be mercifully dumped. If you’re curious, the bag for drenching a calf went into the trash as did the little nipples for bottle feeding goats. The space under the basement sink thanks me.

I was astonished at the zeal the children showed in clearing out these areas, and Olivia showed her zeal by taking over an enormous pile of laundry. It was so hot and dry today that we actually filled the lines twice for drying the big stuff like denims and towels.

Another happy event was waking up my sourdough starter from the refrigerator. Sometimes it takes a few days for it to get happy again, but today it was so bubbly that I mixed up a batch of soft sourdough for my mom to bake at her house.

The children and I went over for a few hours and it was so nice to see both mom and dad there at the house. He came home on Friday with a walker and a wheelchair to help him with mobility. Mom had gotten him a lift recliner with money that people had kindly donated to them, but he is actually not using the lift very much because he’s trying to strengthen his core muscles when he stands. The dumbbells he ordered on Amazon came today and he’s been doing his therapy with Mom, including walking as much as possible in the house. He gets very winded with exercise, but his strength is slowly returning and Mom is expending a lot of energy in feeding him nutritious food.

We had to go pick up our lawn mower at the repair shop, which fortuitously took us right past the best soft ice cream in the area and I got the kids cones to celebrate having eaten all those frogs. I read one time that you’re not supposed to treat yourself with food when you have achieved a a difficult goal, but there are just times when you need to get the taste of frog out of your mouth.

Now I am having hummus and corn chips for supper. Also it’s too warm to cook, and we’re not very hungry after ice cream.

Our northwestern house is currently in the stage where we wait for the plumber and the drywaller to do their bit. Supposedly they were both working there today which is wonderful news. I have been longing to get the painting done for a few weeks, and primed as manyย  walls as I could. Last week I also painted the doors and frames that we are reusing, as well as the trim we salvaged.

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This is me, literally cross-eyed with boredom in the electrical aisle. I finally upended a bucket and sat down.
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He knows a great many things that I am totally ignorant about.

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When genius burns, one uses any canvas available. Sometimes when paper is scarce, an arm works, although I wondered if he would have to peel skin away to remove the sharpie marks before church. In other news, one of the children said, “Mom, there’s paint on your elbow!” when we were walking in to church.

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It’s kind of astonishing when your first baby is suddenly grown up and capable of helping his dad build things, lift heavy stuff, install bathtubs, etc.

Then there’s the last baby with a tender servant’s heart, who saw that I was whooped one evening and brought me a tray of refreshments to enjoy while she treated my feet. The drinks umbrella was something she found in the flowerbed and I sipped the ice water with sweet peas poking my face. ๐Ÿ˜Œ It was lovely.

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This is how the attics are situated, and this is what the girls suggest we do with them.

 

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My daylilies are the happiest thing in the garden

That’s the odd bits today. How’s your summer going?

 

6 thoughts on “Odd Bits

  1. Interesting!! I wasn’t done yet when the last of the blog post showed up. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    We’ve had to do a lot of watering the last while, the flowers and our garden. I’m thankful for boys who can do that. We are thoroughly enjoying school vacation. One highlight has been going to the river to play in the water and/or fish.
    It’s been a different and somewhat difficult (in minor ways really) summer with the stress of coronavirus.
    But God is good!

  2. Iโ€™m just curious what the best ice cream place in the area is. Iโ€™ve tried other places but I always go back to the Meadows. Is there a better?

  3. Iโ€™m new to following your blog. I read your article in DOP and looked you up. So I have some catching up to do. Glad your father is recovering. And Iโ€™ve lived with a carpenter building a house around me….Iโ€™ve gone to church with paint on my arm….๐Ÿ˜Š

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