Saturday, October 24, 2015
The heat is on
I've been having computer problems this week, where my laptop spontaneously shuts itself off and doesn't always start up again. This has made it very difficult to keep up with blogs (I'm sorry). The resident computer whiz tells me there's nothing wrong with my laptop, which is only a year old, but that maybe I should stop trying to watch full episodes of Teen Mom 2 on it. Apparently, it's overheating and shutting off to protect itself. I think this might happen with any long video, but maybe it's all the fighting, cheating and getting arrested that's doing it. My laptop just can't handle the drama.
It finally feels like fall here and I'm so happy! Oh, I can't even tell you. I'm doing all the fall things. I never really stop making soup in the summer but it feels so much nicer to do it now, to know that my crockpot is perking away all day with something hearty and warm inside for dinner. I've been baking a little more too, all the fall-ish things we like; a pumpkin pie is planned for tomorrow. You know me, all about the warm cozies. The furnace ran once this week, for the first time this season. We'd had a very cool, rainy couple of days and by the second one, the temperature never made it out of the forties. I had a feeling we might need the heat so I turned on the furnace during the day. It didn't come on until early the next morning but we really needed it by then. I always like to keep a mental note of when we start needing it each year. This year was a bit later than most, maybe a week or so. It seemed hotter than ever through September and the first half of October, and it probably really was, but I'm sure some of it was my own attitude. I was sick of it and that made it seem worse. In any case, we're in it now, full-on fall is definitely here.
We watched the movie Philomena last night, on Netflix. (The Bear and I, not the kids). Have you seen this movie? I thought it was such an interesting story. A sad and somewhat shocking one, but really good. I would recommend it highly, but be prepared to cry a little. Do you cry when you watch movies? I do, pretty often. Everything makes me emotional, even Teen Mom sometimes, if I'm honest. We also recently enjoyed watching a documentary about Bob Weir, of the Grateful Dead. It's called The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, and it's also on Netflix. I realize that the Grateful Dead and their music may be an acquired taste but I've always been a fan, since I was a little kid (my dad liked them), and it was a really interesting film.
I've been trying something new since August, with my "free time" while the small Bears are in school. They're in school four morning a week; the school day is short because we spend at least as many hours homeschooling, as part of their school's unique program. I used to use this time to run errands and generally race around town trying to find the world's greatest bargains. I've stopped doing this and I'm a lot happier. I just shop once now, on Saturday morning. I've cut back on my shopping in general, just because we really don't need so much stuff, and I'm doing almost all of my shopping in a well-stocked supermarket, instead of dividing it up between a smaller market and a big store like Target or Walmart. I was finding that I spent more money that way, because there was always something extra to buy, like clothes from the clearance rack or extra shampoo or a fun new makeup item. At the big supermarket, I might spend 50 cents more on shampoo, but I'm not also buying cheap shoes and backups for my backup pantry items, so I'm spending a lot less overall.
I'm using the school time differently, just staying home most mornings and doing housework, reading, crocheting, catching up on blogs, and enjoying the quiet before I have to pick up the kids. I feel much more at peace now, having quiet alone time in my days and having all the chores done early in the day. I'm fortunate to be able to stay home and I knew I needed to use my time more efficiently, but wasn't sure how to do that. I think I've found the right balance for me, and that feels good. I feel better and I can do better, which helps everyone.
I need to make lunch now, and then take the LB to his guitar lesson. The GB had hers earlier this morning. I think we might have a fire in the backyard pit later this afternoon. The Bear and I are having shrimp scampi for dinner, just an easy recipe I've been making for years. Tomorrow's an at-home day, to finish some yard work. I'll be doing the laundry too. I hope you're having a good weekend, whatever you're up to!