Monday, July 13, 2009

Oh dear, what can the matter be????

Wow. We had an unexpected whirwind of a weekend. The kids' garage sale went okay on Friday--we had a lot of fun with our friends who came to help. The kids played hard and maintained their excitement despite the glaring lack of "customers"; my father-in-law observed that it was an ingenious way to keep the kids busy while the moms visited. . . .he is always good at seeing the profit in an endeavor.

The day ended well, though we were all quite tired from the heat, and around five p.m. J began complaining that her tummy was sore. I, being the non-compassionate mother I am, thought it was just the result of her many wheelies on the bike and scooter during the day, but MY mother, being the wise woman that SHE is, said "It sounds just like appendicitis to me."(Hers ruptured when she was J's age.) I am glad Mom was here to say that to me, or it might not have turned out quite so well.

Short story: it WAS appendicitis. J went into surgery at 9:30 Saturday night and came home from the hospital yesterday around 5:00. She is resting well and eating well, and will probably be asking to ride the scooter again by the end of the week. . . .

So I suppose all's well that ends well.
It was apparent through the weekend at the hospital just how blessed we are. First, my Mom was here to help with kids, and my in-laws were available too, so we didn't have to worry about "what to do?" with the other three while we took J to the emergency room. We had six friends from church, two sets of other friends, and my mother who were all there during the surgery--at ten o'clock on a Saturday evening. I was amazed. The nurses who served us were also just all top-notch--cheerful, helpful, friendly. Wow.

We are thankful it is well, and that J will BE well, or as my brother says, "It's all good."
God is good. Life is precious.
Go hug those you love. And be thankful.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Controlled Chaos

The girls are having a garage sale, Friday.
They have been preparing for it ALL WEEK. Their mother(oh wait, that's ME!) is tired and totally bewildered by the clutter that has spilled out of their rooms and our cabinets and closets to be put on display early in the morning for total strangers to come by and toss pennies into a hat over, as it were. Not that the clutter is worth anything, but there is something so pathetic over having so much STUFF that one is willing to sell something for a price that almost pays the buyer to take it away.

But, they are excited about making some pocket cash. I hope they're successful. Their ownership of the project this week has been quite amazing. C has been a real trooper this week, working hard on sorting and making signs; the Redhead has been telling everyone what to do when C lets up, and poor J has been right in the thick of it, making peace where possible and doing probably more work than the other two combined--I told them this is THEIR deal, not mine. I swore two years ago "never again" and intend to keep that promise!

I think it was likely worth the downstairs clutter for a week to get them to willingly part with some things from their rooms. They have all inherited my love of objects, unfortunately(except for J who is so much like her father in temperament), which makes getting rid of anything a nearly painful process. We just want to be sure stuff goes to "good homes", you know? ;-)

All that said, it has been nearly too hot to function lately. We have stayed in as much as possible, venturing out only on necessity or by cover of dusk. The dog and cat spend their days sprawled in some shady spot, sleeping. Lethargy has set in everywhere. Tomorrow will be hot too. I am wondering how that will affect the kids' morale.

I'll let you know how the sale goes, then I want to get some decent pictures of my newly rearranged downstairs to post--I think we may have finally found the "flow" that works in this house--MUCH to my husband's relief. Not to say I'll never move furniture again; such a vow would be ridiculous. . . however, one can hope it won't be so PRESSING a desire as I've been experiencing with it in the past several months. We have moved SOMETHING heavy nearly every weekend since before Easter! At this point I am excited about relocating wall art and doing some slight "redecorating" that way--and I want to work on my "dollhouse".

See ya later!


Monday, July 6, 2009

More things yummy:

I am glad to report that my posting the menu last week WAS successful in luring my parents down here for the 4th of July. ;-)We had a really fun day, received some pretty neat news from my brother whose BIRTHDAY is the 4th, and just enjoyed being together. That said, here's the menu for THIS week:

Monday: Barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, and cucumber/tomato salad
Tuesday: jambalaya, green salad, bread
Wednesday: spaghetti, bread, some sort of veggie salad
Thursday: Salmon, sliced tomatoes, veggie sticks, pilaf
Friday: Lima beans, Ham, rice and cornbread
Saturday:Baked potato bar
Sunday: hmmmmm. . .time for pizza again?