Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Birthday wishes

For my birthday this year I asked for a few things but one was particularly dear to me.

We have a lot of projects to do around the house and it is not easy to pick which ones come first. But without a doubt linen closet shelves were always going to be on the bottom of the list because it affects no one and no one sees the inside of a closet....except me. Since we moved in I have been digging and piling and stuffing our towels and sheets into a closet with one sagging wire shelf and a few plastic baskets. This situation made me sad and grumbly every time I had to get or put away linens which was about twice a week.

Doing the math, approx 100 weeks x 2 grumbles per week + unknown number of years of weekly grumbles ahead due to low priority of shelves = one perfect birthday wish.

It really was quite a lot of work but after 3 or so weeks, my fabulous husband has finished the shelves. I now have an unknown number of years ahead with twice weekly smiles. This is a fabulous birthday gift for 33 year old me.

I am trying to beat back thoughts like "who knew I would be this boring at such a young age" and replace them with something slightly kinder like "how lucky is Andrew to have a wife who can be so easily pleased." It's not really working but that doesn't lessen my enjoyment of the closet.

Pictures below.

Before and After: Closet

Prior to the shelves, I had my linens and towels in these sad baskets stacked in the closet.
Shelves already looking better than I thought. The spacing was important to me.

Pepper approved of the entire project.
The great dream-closet builder himself. :) Note the half shelf at the top. It's by design.

And here are my linens, happily shelved and organized at last. I am so pleased.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Real summer

Summer arrived in earnest this week and I loved it. Normally when the heat climbs into the high 20s I don't like it. But this past week has been exactly what I needed. It feels like something has thawed inside me.

My mood has also been fantastic all week. Now this may be equally due to the point in my cycle. However, I give a lot of credit to the bright sun and the heat.

Right now I'm not thinking too much about the surgery in...wow, 2 weeks...no, I'm not spending time thinking or worrying over it. However it does sit in the back of my mind and I still hold out a faint hope that this month will be the month and I'll get a reprieve. Unlikely as that is, God can always work miracles. :)

Anyway prior to the surgery I want to enjoy summer as much as possible. With that in mind, yesterday I bought a bike! A real bike, not the $89 specials at Canadian Tire. And today we went on our first ride around town. I loved it. Next weekend we'll ride out to Thetis lake to laze around or go for a walk, depending on the heat.

We'll likely be sticking close to home though because we signed up for lawn slavery on Friday. The husband layed sod! YAY! and now we're watering our butts off in an attempt to keep it alive.
I'm posting the pictures separately because I couldn't make them appear below the text. :(

Before and After: Lawn







The before pictures remind me of the Grapes of Wrath, which is what I thought every time I stepped outside the door to the heat and dirt. Now the challenge is balancing the watering properly. I hope it still looks good in 2 weeks.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

DINK Weekend

There are many things that I look forward to about motherhood. There are also a lot of things to love about my life today. So I'm going to blog a bit about what I appreciate about today because it helps to focus on the good.

We took a 4 day weekend this week. We stayed home and had the perfect DINK (double income no kids) weekend. It was fab-u-lous!

Thursday I had a long, dress-up-in-a-skirt-and-do-it-right lunch out with a girlfriend. Since that was 4 days ago I only vaguely remember how A and I spent the rest of the day but some of it involved napping and a BBQ dinner and a late movie in the theatre instead of braving the crowds at the Canada day celebration. It was casual, it was relaxing, it was entirely indulgent.

Friday was epic. We slept till 11! Try doing that with kids! Ha, not on your life! Then we took off to home depot and picked up a rototiller and spent the next 5 hours breaking our backs out in the yard. The yard across the whole front of the house is now a dust wasteland. It makes me think of the great depression. We ate lunch at 4:30 when we were nearly falling over from hunger and so filthy we had to take our clothes off in the front entry way so we wouldn't cake the inside of the house in dirt the way we did the outside. It was awesome! We followed that with a bit more dirty work, a survey of the progress and then came inside to clean up.

After we washed the dirt off and out, we got dressed up and headed out for dinner at a pub. Not the local pub. Not even close to home. We headed to Fairfield because it's a cool little neighbourhood and it was a sunny lovely evening and we had no reason not to. And on the way home....yep, we picked up a movie! A lovely night on the couch with no interruptions.

Saturday was more work outside, a quick tidy inside and then I took off for a massage, and then a 2.5 hour hair appointment and came home to have a BBQ dinner with friends and a night of games. Today was church and then an afternoon of shopping including a fantastic lunch out...we got home at 4 and had a nap. Life is good people!

None of this would have happened if we had children. Well, I mean, some of it could have but there would have been 10,000 more steps and things to remember and I likely would have ended up feeling totally fried at the end instead of feeling like I just finished a mini-vacation.

We have to live in the now. It's all we really have. So I might as well drink in all the good there is about being DINKS. Today I am appreciating the following:
- We make our own schedule at our own whims and we can indulge in whatever we choose, whenever we choose it.
- We generally live in peace and quiet.
- We do not have to consider anyone but ourselves when we make plans or change plans or choose to go without a plan.
- When we get down to work on a project we make serious headway! And the results are incredibly rewarding. (Pictures soon)
- I do not have to have a fridge full of food and it is never a disaster when we run out of something. I can eat wherever, whenever, whatever I choose.
- It only takes a concerted 20 minutes of effort to clean up the house to casual friends standards.
- As far as logistics go, life does not get much easier.

Today I am very grateful!