With some planning and a little grace, I got through a very busy week last week. DD had ballet rehearsals and a recital. We narrowly escaped a deluge of rain on the way in to rehearsals (tulle costume/make-up + rain=bad!), and while she practiced i was rewarded with a double rainbow. Moms who aren’t looking at their phone all the time are rewarded!
I spent 5 minutes with a microfiber cloth moistened with my favorite Dr Bronner’s soap and wiped down some of our baseboards, which have just enough 1940s detail to catch the dust that doesn’t want to be vacuumed up. I was surprised how fresh it looked afterward.
Today we are recovering from recital Saturday. I made a loaf of Irish soda bread and we are relaxing in our sunroom with some Celtic music and views of the garden.
I bought myself a new weeding tool so I can work in the flower beds in the morning before it gets too hot. I used reward points at the garden center which covered most of the cost.
I have been washing sweaters and other delicates on the hand-wash cycle in my washer and putting the items outside to dry. It is so nice to have this done — dripping sweaters in the basement is not my favorite thing!
Spent zero time this week at CVS/Walgreen’s. We kept a basic menu with meals like crock pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs, veggie burgers, and a take and bake pizza. We closed out our weekly budget with leftover money as a result.
I did remember to grab my free Friday download, which is for Gummy Bears, of all things!
This week I read the graphic novel “Real Friends” by middle-grade author Shannon Hale.
The memoir chronicles Shannon’s journey negotiating friendships during her childhood in the 70s. If you played “Charlie’s Angels” as a kid, you will relate to her story!
If you have a tween/teen in your life, this is a must-read. This story also touches on anxiety and living with a family member with undiagnosed differences.
My women’s Bible group finished our study of Beth Moore’s 2 Timothy and we had a dinner party at a member’s spacious home. Had I known 5 years ago that I would be in a women’s Bible group I would never have believed it, but it is powerful to talk about God with other women. I am the youngest in the group (most have grown children) and I am learning a lot from that as well.
DD and I have been taking bike rides around our pretty village. We saw three wild turkeys on someone’s lawn and I have admired all the varieties of iris currently blooming. Biking is also a great way to teach your young person the rules of the road. Those who have been long-time readers of my blog will be glad to know we are getting good use out of the bike I wrote about in “From Prudent to Extravagant”!