I can't sit still when people are sick. I baked Magic Bars yesterday. I've been crocheting at an alarming clip (I got a weird second wind when I realized I was going to be trapped at home; Hensfoot is now within inches of being finished). I even did some more stitching on my kitchen sampler. Oh, and let's not forget the six loads of laundry, the bathroom-cleaning, the vacuuming and the patio-sweeping. I managed to finish a library book. I'm not sleeping much, what with all the coughing from their rooms down the hall, but hey, the house is spotless.
You should have seen me in the hospital with the LB last summer. He slept a lot (was often quite drugged, actually), so I had lots of time to putter around the room. I had my own bed, which I made to Army-like standards. I cleared the LB's bed table every couple of hours, removing opened saltine packets and straw wrappers, wiping up spills and organizing his books and games. Plus, I had real jobs to do, assigned by the nurses - round-the-clock catheter-draining, incision-checking, symptom-spotting, time-keeping. I barely sat down while we were there. I was exhausted, but as usual, keeping busy got me through. I would have felt like a caged tiger otherwise.
Now, we push through. They probably won't be back to school tomorrow, but the Bear will be home sometime in the afternoon and I will try to get out of the house for a bit once he has arrived. I'd like to do a few errands, and I wouldn't mind a walk. I've been getting out to the backyard every day, at least. It's beautiful outside right now! Unbelievably, somewhat eerily beautiful. The trees are budding and the tulips are pushing up. I'm hoping to plant some wildflower seeds in a few weeks. I don't think it's quite time yet. These warm days are really deceptive - it still gets quite cold at night (we're having close to 40-degree spreads between highs and lows right now), and I'm sure there will be cool days to come as well, maybe even snow.
Inside, I've been marveling at my amaryllis bulb, which has sent up a new shoot. I'd read about preserving amaryllis bulbs for future growth, and was skeptical, but decided to try it. I pruned the old leaves and left the bulb in its pot on the buffet in the dining room, where it gets decent light most of the day. About a week ago, I noticed that it's growing again! I really hope I can keep it going through another bloom.
I'm also enjoying the GB's fixed-up bedroom, certainly more than she is at the moment. I did some small things in there over the weekend, just to spruce it up a bit. We hadn't done anything in there since she turned three, when she left her crib. She had toddler-ish bedding, pictures and decorations, featuring owls, hedgehogs and birds. It was cute, but too young for her (and the bedding was wearing out). I bought some things on a visit to IKEA in Phoenix last winter, a duvet and cover set, and a cushion and cover, which she's using now. I also changed the pictures, to botanical prints from Gnosis Picture Archive, an Etsy shop. These small changes made a big difference, I think, and her Flowers in the Snow blanket looks very ladylike with her new bedding.
I'm far behind on blogs, and my Bloglovin' feed has been loading sporadically lately anyway, so I hope all is well in your corners of the world. I'm thinking about taking a book out to the patio for a little while before preparing a lunch of Lipton noodle soup and jelly crackers. They can knock on a window if they need me.
Take care and enjoy your weekend, friends.