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May. 5th, 2016

Gnomes at HomeTuesday, I declared myself officially done with home disruptions.  Of course, the bathroom is not done and plans had to change and it will definitely go into tomorrow, but I am done.  The roofing, the painting, the out-of-town guests--it has all done me in.  I don't know how we fell into this sort of home remodel, but enough!  These were things that had been put off awhile, things that were issues when we bought this house ten years ago (except the paint), so it was time.  It has been worth it and there is a snug feeling about the new roof and wonderful satisfaction about the paint.  The colors are just perfect.  It gives me to joy see them.

We have mostly kept up our routines.  Quiet time is considerably easier with a plumber than roofers.  School hasn't officially happened this week, but there have been bits and pieces, plenty of reading aloud from Willow and me.  Play has been disjointed.  I get really worked up about good play--real, immersive, involved play.  It did seem that things were a little more comfortable yesterday.  It's close quarters in this little house with one bathroom.  I have a feeling there will be unanimous relief when the bathroom is done.  For now, the children have moved everything to the backporch and set up a house back there.  I think we'll listen to Sparkle Stories there this afternoon.

I took the children hiking in the cold today.  I think it is truly cold for this time of year--mid-forties and overcast and breezy.  Spring is still out there and the woods are really greening up.  The hot tea I put in a thermos was very welcome when we got back to the car.  While I was gone, the plumbers were trying to reach me to ask a question about the shower wall.  Having no phone of my own, I think try called everyone in my family.  My grandmother told them I had run away.  I think I might like that. ;-)  Well, time to tidy up the lunch dishes and move toward quiet time.  I hope this afternoon is a productive one!


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May. 6th, 2016 09:53 am (UTC)
It looks like it is supposed to warm up here this weekend. It was eighty here, earlier in the week, so I think warm weather is winning out.
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

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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.

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