Hello friends ~ sorry it's been awhile since I last posted. Life has been busy
and I haven't been online as much as usual - which can be a good thing.
I recently read Jen of the Cottage Nest's post on "stopping to smell the flowers".
What she said in her last paragraph about not being so frantic about your to-do
list and being easier on yourself really hit me. I am a doer. A list-maker. A
perfectionist firstborn. I like to get everything on my list done in one day and if
I don't, I sometimes feel like a failure. Nevermind that I'm away from the house almost
every day because of physical therapy twice/week, doctor appointments, yoga class,
and errands. I also do a lot of physical therapy exercises every day at home.
And then I have the battle with spending too much time online. I'm really working on
that one, especially with the weather being nicer now. I have a lot of yard work to do.
And walks to take. Exercise is important!
Anyway, here's some of what I've been up to lately:
Clearing out all the dead leaves, twigs, and other winter "yuckies" from the
butterfly garden and cutting back the perennials...
It's a start!
Bought starts of buttercrunch lettuce, a mesculan mix and spinach...
and today will plant in this pot that hubby kindly filled up with a mixture of potting
soil and our own compost.
Hostas are starting to come up on the south side of the house. We will need
to re-mulch, as we do every spring. So much outdoor work to do!
Indoors, I made a huge pan of mostacolli and a pan of blondies for friends
who lost their 27-year old son/grandson last week.
In the downstairs family room, I moved the black IKEA cube from under the
Chicago print and put the sofa table there instead.
I put an unused coffee table in back of the sofa to use as sort of a sofa table.
The black IKEA cube moved upstairs into Tim's room. We're still working on this
room and got some things done recently, but still have a lot more to go. We also
made an IKEA run and got this chair. And I found gray and white pinstripe curtain
panels that will have to be hemmed and put up.
We moved the TV and TV stand from my office into Tim's room
Still need to put the closet doors back on.
This is just temporary bedding. I'm looking for a masculine bed cover or comforter
using the colors of black, gray, and white. I will then fold this red and white checked
quilt at the end of the bed. The white nightstand (turned around since the drawers
aren't in it - I still have to paint them) is not staying and neither is the lamp or the
teddy bear. Clementine definitely is a keeper! I think she's waiting for her boy to
come home. He'll be done with finals today and will be coming home for awhile on
Friday. I'm not even going to start hanging things on the walls until everything else
is done in this room.
Speaking of cats, this boy is 15 years old today! He and his two brothers, whom
a friend adopted, showed up on our property when they were about three months
old. We think someone dumped them, as they were healthy and friendly. Zippo is my
faithful fur companion ~ one of those overly-sweet, cuddly cats who is always by
my side and sleeps with me every night. For being an elderly cat, he still has lots
of energy and can jump up on the bed and even the kitchen counter. He's starting
to lose his muscle mass though, so looks a lot thinner through the hind quarters.
As with humans, I believe in feeding my pets a healthy diet too, and I believe that's
what keeps him in such good health. Sure, the food costs more, but I feel my pet's
health is worth it - and it saves on vet bills!
I went to a meeting the other night to join the planning committee for
Overdose Awareness Day. Some of you who've been with my blog for a long
time know that my oldest son, Philip passed away 4-1/2 years ago at the age
of 21 from a heroin OD. I have always felt like I wanted to do something to spread
awareness and information about this epidemic that is sweeping our nation and
killing so many of our young people. Did you know there are 100 overdose deaths
in the US every single day? I mentioned the death of my friend's son/grandson (the
mom and the grandmother are both friends of mine) above. He also passed away
of a heroin OD. Seems everyone I talk to knows someone who is either an addict
or that has passed away from drugs. I don't have any answers - but I can at least
work on education and awareness. If something like this can happen to me and
my family, it can happen to anyone. No one is immune. And I have met many parents
who have said the same thing. "We would have never dreamed this could happen
to us." So, with that all said, the meeting was emotionally draining, but this group
is planning a week-long awareness campaign here in the suburbs of Chicago in
August. The actually OD Awareness Day will be August 31st.
Thanks for visiting and for listening to some of the things that have been going
on around here. Please leave a comment and let me know what you've been up
to as well ~ and if you feel some of the same struggles as me with getting everything
done. Do you feel like you're merely spinning your wheels most days?