Hello there to all of you out there. I’m back to share yesterday’s activities…if I can remember it! Today is cold and rainy and I would love to be taking a nap, but am trying to remain productive!
Yesterday, I woke up to the sound of my son clomping in the door. He has his own place now, but his Jeep is down for repairs. He has been grabbing a ride with a friend, but this morning brought our car home…son got off at 7 A.M. and husband got to work at about the same time. They both work at The Home Depot.
We are all car sharing again since our truck is still in the shop and needs some relatively expensive repairs…somewhere around $700. Our Ford truck is a 2002 model with over 300,000 miles on it. We bought is used with very minimal mileage. As this is it’s first time in the shop since we’ve owned it, we have decided to try and keep it on the road. We do our own oil changes and any repairs that are within our capabilities. You Tube can be very helpful. Not having a car payment is a very important component of our financial plan…building and keeping an emergency fund, paying off debt, and maybe, hopefully starting a retirement plan sometime.
I walked the dogs and continued to try and improve the relationship between Speedy the new dog and Barret the dog. Outside, they get along fine. Inside, I don’t trust them together yet. Speedy is older and pretty laid back. Barret’s goal in life to to defend his home. He still sees Speedy as a threat.
A large portion of the land that our home sits on is uncleared and in a pretty wild state. We’ve gotten the front yard and one side under control. It’s mowed and sort of landscaped. The other side is rock, underbrush, thorny vines and cedar. We’ve been slowing trying to reclaim it. The chicken coop is over there and we’ve got a clear path to it. Now, with my renewed interest in working outside and increase my activity level, I’ve come up with a plan! I’ve been clearing off a small section at a time. Now, I’m building a sort of labyrinth over there. The center section will eventually feature a water fountain and some sort of plant. Because we have soooooo many rocks, I’m going to keep laying out concentric circles until I run out of room or it seems right…whichever comes first. It’s a really pretty area with beautiful huge oaks. Grass isn’t going to grow successfully because of the shade. There are some drainage issues because the land slopes downwards and there is a wet weather creek that runs behind our property. I think the rock walls will help prevent the erosion. It’s also really good exercise! I got over 10,000 steps again yesterday. I’ll share more about it and post pictures soon.
I got four loads of laundry completely done! Washed, dried, folded and put away. Only 10 or 12 more to go. Son brought “some” of his laundry home. He doesn’t have a washer and dryer in his apartment. He knows how to do his own laundry, but I sort of enjoy doing it for him. I miss them all being little and at home. I don’t miss those days enough to wish them back though. It’s better to remember the good stuff from back then and enjoy the time I am in right now.
I spent some time in my studio and cleared off my work table. Then moved in the rest of the stuff from the old studio space. That’s the space that will eventually become the small apartment. The table is covered again and there are some boxes to sort through. The studio is almost ready to get busy in again… That’s a good thing because I have a lot of ideas that I want to work on.
School was a mixture of reading and computer work. We’re trying to finish up a couple of textbooks that were purchased for our time at the private school. Also trying to keep up her progress in math. Still a ways to go, but doing ok.
Then, it was afternoon and time to go pick up my husband at work and take a kiddo to the doctor.
By the time that was all finished it was after 5:00 and time to go to work at the two offices that I clean on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Nothing much interesting to share there. With three of us working we got it done in time to head home and have dinner together.
Oldest daughter had arrived home by the time we got there. She just finished the season at the Texas Renaissance Festival. She’ll be home for a month or so until her job starts back up. A good friend kindly volunteered to pick up her and her trailer and haul it home since our truck is out of service.
It was pretty awesome to have most of the kiddos at home at one time. We were just missing second daughter, but she’ll be home tonight (Friday). We cooked a real meal with a couple of veggies and everything.
And that was Thursday…
A little bit different from other Thursdays and a little bit the same as other Thursdays. Reading over this, it sounds pretty boring. I still haven’t found time to declutter anything or make any progress on my organizational plans. The Christmas decorations aren’t out yet. The house looks well lived in, but just this side of a disaster.
I’m definitely in the “up” side of my mood cycles. Lots of ideas for projects that I want to work on and energy to work on them. I’m getting in my steps and making a little bit of progress in a lot of different areas. I’m optimistic about the things that are getting done. I’m also trying to be realistic and not start too many projects. I don’t want to get overwhelmed and stress myself out.
So, the plan…living in the needs of the day and having a little bit of fun. Not an exciting day, but a good one once again.