Tag: Day to Day

What Happened This Week–a list

  • Monday realized we were out of some things and hadn’t done our biweekly shopping run–so ran to get what was needed with Rachel.  Also ran to the library to pick up some more books for her voracious appetite.  Convinced her to try something a little meatier than the American Girls books she was getting.
  • Tuesday the kids found a nest of baby rabbits.  They ooed and ahed and wanted to help them but we decided to see if the mother came back.  Got the beginnings of the yard sale set up.
  • Wednesday lots of rain, all day.  Worked at the antique shop researching  jewelry then visited grandma in the afternoon.  Came back and found the baby bunnies obviously dehydrated and soaked through–decided to bring them in, feed them, and warm them. (I had dealt with orphaned ones before, though they had been slightly older.)  Warned kids they probably wouldn’t make it.
  • Thursday Bunnies lived through the night.  Set up what I could of the sale on my own (with the kids).  As I went to pick up my brother from the bus stop sop he could help me finish setting up a freak storm hit our utility pole (we think) and knocked out our router, hubbies network card, and the breaker in the kitchen.  Finished setting up sale–no more rain.
  • Friday–a real scorcher. 90 degrees and spent all day outside since I had no internet access anyway.  Bunnies made it through the night but were acting funny.   Worked on paintings while having the sale–lots of people took my business card, showing interest in commissioned work.  Sold some of the big stuff I have wanted rid of.  Later when I went to feed the bunnies found 3 dead–long story but had to do with not enough pooping.  Figured out what to do differently but other two had a hard time eating and were dehydrated.  We had to run to Target to get the new Router and a few other essentials.   Shamus set it up while Rachel and I worked hard to rehydrate the bunnies.  My dad stopped by and fixed the breaker so we could use the kitchen outlets again.
  • Saturday the other two bunnies didn’t make it.  They had been too dehydrated and sick when we realized the day before for us to really help them.  This was significant because my husband has severe animal allergies–they trigger his asthma in a dangerous way, so the kids have very little experience with animals.  I grew up with them and raised a Canadian goose as well as several bunnies, a cat, and several dogs.  They have never had the opportunity to pour themselves into an animals life before, nor to lose the pet.  I am impressed at how they are dealing with it. I made the kids pancakes with berry syrup to cushion the blow then went to set up.  We also had the rest of the yard sale, sold the rest of the big things, then went to the pond for a nice long swim (while I sat with my dad and painted and read.)  Kids are now playing Zelda while I type, all are hot and tired and ready for sleep.  I am waiting for a person from Freecycle to come get the remains of the yard sale.

All in all it was a greatly educational week.  Lots happened that the kids learned from, some nicer than others.  Ready to relax tomorrow.

I do have photos and may add them to this post later.

Daybook for June 2

Hosted by The Simple Woman
FOR TODAY Mon. June 2, 2008…
Outside My Window…is SUN!  Wonderful, sweet, happy sunshine.  Yes, I am SO sick of the constant RAIN.
I am thankful for..A few more finished paintings.  Coffee brewing, 10 and a half hours sleep (what is up with that?) time out with my husband yesterday, work to do, and that the kids are either still asleep (Rach) or playing quietly (the others), that the Wii has provided tons of entertainment and educational stuff but that the kids are still playing outside more than playing Wii.
From the kitchen…I smell my coffee–almost ready.
I am wearing…my long black Old Navy skirt with pockets (which is as common as jeans for me–it goes anywhere and has POCKETS), and a red t-shirt.
I am creating…Page 5 of the bunny book, the background of another book, a website for a friend, a less chaotic household–I hope.
I am going…to get some coffee–be right back.
I am reading…Romans, C.S. Lewis letters, the Dick-King Smith books the girls got out of the library.
I am hearing…whispers from upstairs, the air cleaner running, cars going by outside, myself typing.
One of my favorite things…A Chinese teacup full of paintbrushes and another full of inking pens and pencils.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:See if Rachel still needs a dentist appointment for the loose tooth that broke off instead of falling out–if it isn’t hurting and doesn’t look bad we need to wait because of her trouble with medication and her SJS.  If it is infected or hurting we need an appointment.  How come things like that ALWAYS happen on the weekend???  Otherwise cleaning, painting, and hopefully preparing for the yard sale and having it this weekend would be good.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…

A Day in the Life 29: You May Be Wondering

why I am not commenting or posting or doing my doodles and whatnot. I have been reading but am still low on words so have been keeping my mouth shut. And for the rest, well, I have been busy, busy, dreadfully busy, you have no idea what I’ve got to do…. Erm. Yeah. Anyway, instead of taking time and making several nice coherent posts I thought I would do one huge mishmash post so I can get back to what I have been doing.

It’s spring you see. I have spent months cooped up in the house and too cold and achy to do too much. Now I am making myself achy by doing too much. 🙂 Though I did discover that working with the shutters on the deep freeze instead of on the floor was much less painful and was able to finish them faster.

The house is finally relatively clean. The kids finished up stairs in record time yesterday and spent the rest of the day making messes and trying to remember to clean them up.

They also helped me make some bread for Rachel, then the bread makers started smoking and set off the fire alarm so we put it outside and made bread the old fashioned way.

I spent the afternoon finishing our raised gardens and watching “Father’s Little Dividend” with the girls. I had never seen it even though I had seen many such movies and it led to many interesting conversations which was cool.

Now all they need is dirt and we are good to go.

I also started exploring Twitter–which I am not sure I like though there is something to say for doing it via the Firefox plugin and making mini posts in the address window. It is good for one liners throughout the day–quick thoughts, short and concise. Concise I need to work on. I am considering adding it to my site but not sure–we shall see.

Today was the big half off of everything in the store day at our favorite thrift shop and my mom convinced me to join her so she could get the kids some gifts. (You see why we end up with too much.) The good news is that she got them things they needed and I got a few more things that were needed plus a new coffee maker for my poor husband who complained daily about his monstrosity of a coffee maker, a lamp for the bathroom our old one was driving me crazy and an IKEA coffee table I have been eyeing for over a month.

For some time now I have wanted two things–to take my husband to IKEA which wasn’t happening since it is an hour away and he hates traveling and to get a table that was big enough to do puzzles and play games on in the living room to replace our old trunk with the bumpy top. The poor trunk is a nice height for the couch but has seen better days and was not so good for doing useful things–like putting things on. Also, we are funny people–we sit on the floor as often as on the furniture. I wanted a coffee table that could be used as a coffee table but also as a floor table. This one has been at the thrift shop for a while since I was praying that it would go down to $25 from its $50 price tag. It was perfect. The perfect size, the perfect color, the perfect shape, with the perfect shelves and drawers at the perfect height. Today it was there, marked down to half price but I didn’t have the $25. Rachel, who has been saving for a big thing had gotten money for Easter and insisted that she get it. She also saw the value of having a table instead of a trunk in the center of the room. We talked and prayed about it and I let her purchase it.


Dragging three grumpy and stir crazy kids through the cold rain to several stores in search of boots–not fun.

We found a pair finally at Target–they cost more than I planned but I have been promised that this child who wants everything will not ask for anything else for months to make up for the $20 spent.:) We’ll see. I( could go on about all the learning that occurred today but my brain hurts.
I am tired and grumpy and instead of complaining about everything I am going off to curl up with a good book (I got a package of 4 in the mail from Amazon.com yesterday so have some reading to do) and sip some hot tea or coffee–I haven’t decided yet. The kids are off to test out Rachel’s black polka dot rain boots and get muddy and soaked. They will be in in an hour or so requiring clean clothes and a hot bath. After that they will curl up and watch Gorgeous for the third time today (once in English and once in Cantonese with English subtitles–which I prefer–you get a much better sense of the story that way and yes I prefer watching anime with subtitles than in English.) I am not just an anime fan but also a closet kung fu fan–I actually have a portrait of Bruce Lee over my desk with all my paintings. It was a gift from my brother in law. The kids have been enjoying seeing Jackie Chan at work–yes the movie has some other aspects that are less than suitable morally but which we have decided are okay in this instance and it is a great introduction to Chinese culture. We have had plenty of great discussions about various behaviors and aspects of the movie. Good stuff but I am too tired to make a whole post of it so it shall wait.

Braving the Storm for a Hoodie

Yesterday it stormed. Windy, rainy, lightening-y storm. It was also 60-something degrees out. More often in February that storm would be ice and snow, though occasionally it is rain, rain, and more rain–of the flood the basement sort.

I didn’t want to go out yesterday. Of course, knowing that the next day was going to be 30-something and snowing was a bit of an incentive to get what I had to do done. While I was till at home pondering whether I really wanted to go out my mom called and told me of a huge sale at JcPenneys. She started the conversation with: “I know you usually don’t by clothes at the regular store but….75% off everything that is on sale”. (She meant I shop thrift shop for everything, and she is right.) Of course the fact that my hubby has fallen in love with a hoodie he received for Christmas and has not worn any of his other sweat shirts since was a bit of an incentive to consider a trip to Pennys (It is a “No more Cowbell ” sweatshirt, referencing a Saturday Night Live skit–it looks good on him and has made him fall in love with hoodies).

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