Thursday, April 26, 2012

They still need me!

Stephen had a hernia repair done two days ago, and is staying here with us to recuperate.  I am so glad I am able to be here for him, and so glad that he is willing to let us take care of him.  It is sort of good to feel needed again.  Even if it means running up and down the stairs numerous times a day -  our house is NOT set up for people with physical disabilities!  (The rest of us with mental problems are quite comfortable here!!!  Dysfunction, anyone??)  I had been slacking off on the cooking department a bit, as it is just Clem and Derek and I, and often Derek is in town at some activity or another.  Plus there are hockey playoffs going on, so a sandwich in front of the TV has been the mainstay.  However, my mother's intuition tells me Stephen needs lots of good nourishing food to get well (and to get moving, if you know what I mean), so there have been actual meals showing up around here again!  Adam has been coming out to help with the seeding, and he usually brings his appetite with him, so there is little in the way of leftovers.  That is good.  So good.  I love having all my boys around.   Then Derek tells me he wants to go on the next school Europe trip, and he wants me to come with him.  My heart swells!  Well, until the next call from the school.  That loving feeling fades pretty fast then.

Seeding has not gotten off to a great start.  We had two nice warm days, with little wind, and Clem spent most of them trying to get the packers to work on the drill.  Some peas are in the ground, though, and will take advantage of the precipitation (snow, they say, although I really didn't want to have to say that) supposedly coming our way.  I'm guessing it's coming with the rather strong east wind we are currently experiencing.  Oh, I think I just saw a patio chair fly by the front window!  Ya, that kind of strong wind.

Well, I'm off to put some clothes in the washer and chicken in the slowcooker - I do hope I can keep that straight this morning - before heading off to entertain the wonderful people at the Buena Vista along with my favourite group of singers, the Luseland Community Choir.   Lots of Luseland folks at the BV, too, so it is nice to catch up with them and hear Flo Bell's stories of doing headstands at parties years ago.  What a gal.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

The heat is ... off.

I am amazed at what I accomplished last week.  Of course, there was a serious deadline - Easter - and just to add a bit more pressure, I decided to paint my kitchen cabinets and have our friend, who built us new cupboard doors, come out and install them.   That was when I thought we were having a small, intimate gathering for a laid-back Easter supper.  You know, before everyone's plans changed and they called to say that, yes, they would join us for the holiday meal.  And before we discovered that we were sent the wrong door handles.  And before choir members started calling to say that they would be gone for Easter. Oh, what a week.  However, I persevered and conquered.  Sort of.  We improvised a bit with the music at church,  installed the doors sans handles, and invited a couple more people for supper, because, what the heck, I was cooking anyway.  And it all turned out.  Well, most of it, and what didn't just wasn't meant to be.  The main thing is that we were surrounded by friends and family and love (and food).  And my boys were here.  And the cutest little niece and nephew, too.  What more could a woman want?

We didn't get many pictures, and what we did take didn't turn out so well, but here's a peek at supper, anyway!

And now I'm stalled.  It seems like I get nothing done if I don't have some deadline looming over me.   Cupboards to finish, farm books to do, yard work to start, oh so many things on my list.   Quick - someone schedule something!!

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