Just a quick intermission from answering the remaining questions in the most recent Q&A to share some random, disjointed thoughts.
- Either I am getting used to the heat, or the summers here get cooler each year, or both. The weather has been balmy, and that in spite of the fact that we are in mid-May. Usually, May through October are the months with the hellish temperatures. We have been keeping the front door and back windows open all day long for a nice breeze, and leave the A/C off most days. Anna LOVES sitting in her bouncy chair by the front door and listening to the birds chirping.
- The kids officially drove me insane this week. Not that they were being bad - they were just being kids, and I am not the most patient of people. This morning, I felt my measure of patience for the day having expired before the clock struck 9 am. I thought it couldn't possibly get more challenging. Then someone threw up. A lot. I know my homemade banana waffles are awesome, but next time please don't scarf them down so fast that they turn right back around for a second (and much less appealing) viewing.
- Why do so many people give Camping's prediction of the end of the world even a single thought? I have green bananas on the counter, and yes, I fully intend on seeing them turn ripe.
- The local news ran a story on homebirths being on the rise. I don't think there is any way they could have made the clip any more stupid than they did. Conventional maternity care is so sub-standard, all they can resort to is playing the fear card.
- Hm, ask me how much I want to get up at 6:30 tomorrow morning to pick up our produce basket. Like, not at all? But yes, I love the produce. Except for the bananas that are always green.
- I found an old wood and metal trunk at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago. It looks like the quintessential, stereotypical dress up trunk that kids find in the attic. It is huge, and an antique. It even has an ancient tag on the front with someone's name and address from long ago. I should probably try to sell it. Instead, I put it in the school room and filled it with the kids' costumes so the girls can play dress-up while the boys have to slave over their school books. Yes, I do play favorites, why do you ask? Being girls, they of course love the high heels even though I never wear any myself.
Doesn't that picture just make you smile?
- Becky also loves this ballerina outfit. She is such a ham. Reminds me of how I must have been as a child. Not that I remember any details, I just know I was trouble, and so is she. In a lovable way, of course. I love how all of our kids smile a lot.
- We were sent a wonderful package of goodies all the way from Maine! Included in it was a bottle of maple syrup that I think was harvested by friends of the sender of the package. The syrup had been bottled just a couple of weeks before we enjoyed it on some buttermilk pancakes for breakfast two days in a row. Without exaggeration, I can say that this was the best syrup I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. If there is a place to buy it, I want to know about it, and also tell the world. Sadly, we used the last of the maple syrup today on those awesome banana waffles I mentioned. No wonder the kids were scarfing them down.
- Speaking of which, I am super hungry right now, but unless I quit eating hours before going to bed I never manage to shed any post-baby weight, no matter how little I eat during the day. I LOVE eating late at night when everyone else is asleep - it is the only way not to be interrupted. Of course, if the apocalypse really were to start tomorrow, I would be having bacon cheeseburgers, onion rings, Coke, and homemade fries right now. But it's not, so I have to go to bed hungry. Waaah!
- Our church's Ladies' Tea Party was last Saturday. It was lovely. I tremendously enjoyed our special speaker, a pastor friend of my husband. The girls tremendously enjoyed eating as many sugar cubes as they wanted. Later that night, Solomon surprised me with a bouquet of flowers he had bought with his own money.
- Anna is continuing to be a perfect angel. In fact, she is so perfect, I am beginning to doubt that she is even human. Here she is, asleep in her bouncy chair after watching the chaos in the house this morning and listening to the birdies outside. I love how her little hand is still holding on to the toy. Seriously, I do not understand why people jump through all these hoops to NOT have babies. They are such a priceless treasure.
- Anna is still 100% breastfed, but she is SO eager to eat "real" food. She tries to lunge and rip food out of our hands a lot. When she watches us eating, she chomps her cute toothless gums. My midwife doesn't think she is old enough for solids quite yet, but yesterday I finally gave in and let her suck on a piece of apple - too hard for her to eat, she just got to taste the flavor of it.
- Well, I'm off to bed now. Busy day ahead. Enjoy your weekend!