March 31, 2015

Since Last We Met

Since last we met, I have done what seems like endless loads of dishes and laundry. I've started deep cleaning my house one room at a time, top to bottom. Light fixtures, woodwork, windows. I prefer this method to a marathon clean which I can't ever seem to find the time for.

My kitchen continues to get a workout but happily the grill is getting used more now that the weather is turning. We had our first dinner with friends on the back porch which is a sure sign of spring. I'm going to try to forget that it snowed days later. I made a new favorite cookie, Gooey Butter Cookies which are very similar to some that are sold at a bakery on Main Street. There is some argument about whether they should be eaten cold or room temperature. I say refrigerate them initially but then serve them room temp. My better half who likes his candy bars frozen, prefers them straight out of the fridge please!

I've been doing a little porch fluffing and I'm gearing up to finally paint the floor and then I think we're ready to sit back and enjoy spring and summer and all of last year's hard work. The emotional and physical scars are almost completely healed now. Our checking account has finally recovered as well. I'm sure there will be a few small projects in our future but I'm feeling pretty content with life just as it is.

Things are good here. I'm enjoying the quiet while I can and trying not to get overwhelmed when I look at the calendar for the next several months. I find it best just to focus on today as much as possible. I'm feeling very grateful these days. For my Sweet Man, my girls, this home, this town, our friends. I'm so excited that our little Village is warming up and coming back to life. I can't believe we've been in this house for 4 years already but at the same time it's hard to imagine myself any other place in the world. My guy gets recruited for new jobs on a regular basis but neither of us can imagine leaving this place. As he so eloquently put it, it's our death house. ;) I told you he was good with words!

 We are on spring break this week. We have no exciting travel plans as we are saving ourselves for a week at the beach this summer. We are instead staying close to home and finding adventure nearby, but then also, finding the quiet which suits my mood lately. I'm off to spend some quality time in the garden. Hope you find time for whatever gives you joy today.

March 16, 2015

Joy Full

My heart feels so full today. First of all, I wore linen pants and flip flops to do the school run. Then the sky went from dark to every conceivable shade of blue before I got back home. It was the kind of sunrise that makes you want to paint or write a song. At the very least you want to sear it into your memory for eternity. It was enough to make me not even worried about that check engine light that came on in my car. I don't know if you know this but Murphy hates a paid off car. ;)

This weekend was one of the best in recent memory. There was a date with my guy, some outside clean up, a cocktail on the back porch, dinner on the front porch and quality time with my big girl. We didn't even turn the television on all weekend. I don't think that has ever happened. I'm not sure why, but that feels like a tribute to the beauty that was our first real spring-ish weekend. I can't tell you how many times my Sweet Man looked at me with such deep love and told me he can't imagine any other life. I always want to remember when he says things like that. It is so heartfelt. That one is good with the words. And the feelings. So good.

The kitchen is clean, the house straightened and the laundry is almost finished and I have a gloriously beautiful day ahead of me. I'm going to fling open the windows and soon I will be listening to the birds singing at the top of their lungs. Everywhere I look today I'm seeing beauty even when maybe I should be seeing messes.

I better end this now as it was recently brought to my attention by a certain child of mine, that being this full of joy can be a bit much to take sometimes and I seem unable to contain it today! Happiest day to you! Go find the beauty that is all around you, dear people!