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We came home from our nap drive to find Mike home at last.  Hungry, we immediately dove into the pecan pie I made for him.  I think it may be the prettiest pie I have ever made.  Perhaps it was the pure intentions that went into its construction.  I really wanted to celebrate Mike being home with us again.

Maple PecanIt has been a long four days, for certain.  Tuesday was the hardest of all.  It was all we could do to get to bedtime and I was completely spent.  Wednesday was better, getting to the root of Roan's mischief (missing Mike) and taking care to really be mindful of keeping things moving positively.  Today was better still, even though I felt like all I did was wash dishes, dirty dishes, wash dishes, wash laundry, fold laundry.  I have two loads waiting to be folded now, in fact.

It is challenging to stay strong and positive without breaks.  I think that has been the hardest part for me.  Becky came over for supper on Monday and came over yesterday so I could take a shower.  I am lucky most weeks to get two showers, honestly.  I know I will work all this out in time.  Laurel will not be little forever.  Willow is becoming more of a help, too, and looked after Laurel while all three played in the yard.  I kept tabs on them from inside while I made beds and folded laundry.  It was a nice break.

I experimented with doing our school work each day, excepting today, instead of our usual three-day week and I did not like it.  Our weekly rhythm has been set up around bigger chores on Tuesday and Thursday and I feel fairly certain it needs to stay that way.  I suppose if I have learned anything in these years of variable shift work, it is to keep things regular here, no matter what goes on.

Mike will travel less next week, in large part because of a short trip to Atlanta that has been planned for several months.  His parents bought him a ticket to see Paul McCartney with them.  The show was rescheduled for next week.  We'll stay here and it may be that he will do some work in Gainesville before driving home.  That would be great, if he could do it.  A travel-based job seems like the las thing we need right now, in many ways.  But, we are surely going to bloom where we are planted.  I am trusting that this is the path we need and that we will work it out. 


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Oct. 10th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
This is the schedule Jonathan had while doing the schooling, and while by the end of the four days we were more than ready to have him home, it was doable. The days start to go quickly after awhile. It is hard to do the bedtime routine all alone, but even that becomes part of the routine. It is hard to have no breaks whatsoever, but if friends can come and give a few moments here and there, it is indeed workable.
Oct. 11th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Mike missed many bedtimes when he worked at Walgreen's. I am learning a lot about keeping things going in a positive direction, for sure.
Oct. 10th, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
That is a gorgeous pie. Pecan pie is one of my favorites.

I'm so glad he's home and you survived. It will get easier. I'm glad you had a friend come and help, if only for a short while! (I don't shower that often, either, and for similar reasons!)
Oct. 11th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, glad it's over. And hey, it's the weekend. I'm due for another shower. ;-)
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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