What a beautiful day it is today! I had planned to get out in the garden early, to sow more spinach and chard, and cucumbers. The cucumber plants have been eaten by some varmint and I managed to only save two, which are now protected in wire cages, from the beast. So I need to plant more, and am thankful it’s not too late.
However, it’s 1:15 pm and I haven’t done it yet! Why not, you may well ask? I keep scratching my head at the answer – it feels like I have done nothing today, but in reality, I’ve done a fair amount. Just to help myself feel better, I’m going to list what I can remember of the things I’ve done today, and maybe it will look like a lot and I’ll feel redeemed.
I stripped the sheets off our bed and gathered the clothing strewn around the boys’ room and took it all to the basement to wash. I then found a load of clean, wrinkled clothes in the dryer. Apparently Scott did a small load of laundry while I was gone to CT on Sunday. Took that upstairs and put it with the unfolded laundry still sitting in my room from the end of last week.
Inexplicably, I found that this would be a good time to clean off the table in the guest room (which has been holding huge piles of wool scraps for a winter quilt) to photograph the table. I’m thinking of trying to sell it. It’s a beautiful solid maple table I made years ago with a VT woodworker, with breadboard ends and tapered legs, 8 feet long, in case any of you would like to buy it, hahaha). Of course I haven’t yet photographed it, but the piles have moved.
I made our morning oatmeal (different preparation for each of us!) and sat down to eat with the boys. Then I washed a big load of dishes, since I did not do them last night.
I folded the two clean loads of laundry, and washed the sheets and hung them out to dry and started another load! I had to make up a quick batch of laundry soap before starting that second load, but that doesn’t take very long.
I picked up a bunch of toys in the kids’ room, and sat down to read 5 or 6 Magic School Bus books and one Star Wars comics to the boys.
I washed and refilled the hummingbird feeder and bird bath.
I called our neighbor to see if he’d come over with his truck on Saturday and haul a ton of construction debris (from last year, yes!) to the dump on Saturday.
I played with legos with the boys for a few minutes and helped them clean up their marble run pieces.
I cleaned up some cat puke (you’re welcome).
I cut up a dozen or so boxes from the basement to pieces that were a suitable size to fit in our recycling bin, which gets picked up on Thursday. Phew, now I can walk through part of the basement. I also hauled an old, falling apart dresser to the curb in hopes that someone will stop and take it away. This is surprisingly effective most of the time, so I hope it works today.
I picked a bucket full of lettuce and brought it in to put in a sink full of water to make the bugs fall off!
I made a picnic lunch and took it outside to eat with the boys in the sunshine. We had a really nice picnic!
I put away a bunch of containers that had held my vegetable starts, back they go to the basement shelf until next winter!
I tossed a bunch of rotting garlic that I dug up last night onto the compost pile. I emptied and washed our compost bucket from the kitchen and sat it on the lawn in the sun to deodorize it!
I responded to my husband’s email about car woes and his upcoming business trip.
I chatted with my neighbor while Alec brought her her wrapped coins that he had counted and wrapped for her as a “job”. He has been asking her for work to do in his quest to earn money for Legos and other toys. She is so gracious about finding useful things to do that she is willing to pay a small sum for. We have the best neighbors.
And that’s brought us to now. I have a small person standing next to me requesting food again, so I better wrap this up! I’ll have to publish and read to see whether I think I’ve accomplished more than I thought I had. Next I am hoping Scott will come home to work here while I go out for a bike ride. We’ll see.
How’s your day shaping up?