Sunday, May 21, 2017

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This time of year, I love to spend time in the yard in early evening. I do my watering and weeding then because it's cooler and also because I just really like being outside in the evening. It's quiet. The crazy after-dinner portion of the day is over. It's a nice time to recharge a bit. The hens are usually with me; the babies are almost as big as Betty now and that's saying something. They all appear to be female, which is a relief after last time around with Ginger I. I think we could have eggs again by the end of summer, which I'm very excited about. Good eggs are so expensive in the store. I can't wait to have my own "free" (well...) ones right in the backyard again.

My plants are doing well. My barrel of geraniums has done great so far. They're growing quickly and putting on a lot of flower heads. But the celosias I planted in my Talavera planter didn't make it. I did my best to give them plenty of sun, since they want a lot - 6+ hours per day of full exposure - but I ran into a different problem with them, an unforeseen one. The planter has poor drainage - just one big hole in the bottom - and I actually managed to drown plants for the first time ever. I love that planter so much, but I just can't win with it. My plants either scorch in the sun or, shockingly, languish in wetness. Maybe I could put an established potted plant inside the planter and see how that does. Last-ditch, I know, but I really love this planted and I need something to survive in it.

Our week was so hard, oh my goodness. The small Bears got over their cold from last weekend just in time to go back to school and perform in their class plays. They both did such a good job. Everyone did; I was so impressed with these children. Every kid did great. We went back to school two evenings in a row for each of their plays, making the days pretty hectic, and we were all exhausted by the end of the week. Then the latest axe fell and the GB was sick again, much worse than last time. There was some kind of virus tearing through her class all week and kids were falling fast. One poor little guy vomited all over the reading circle rug. I heard the gruesome tale from about six different goggle-eyed children at pick-up.

I wasn't surprised when the GB came down with the illness everyone else has, but it's been a rough one. I've been back in the house all weekend with her, while she rests on the couch. It's not all bad: I've been crocheting a lot (my Maybelle squares are coming along really fast lately). I've been organizing closets and storage bins now that I've switched winter clothes for summer ones. I even did a little baking. The main thing is to keep her resting so she can be well for her super-mega-major dance recital this coming Friday. There's also a dress rehearsal on Wednesday night. Oh, and this is the last week of school; there's a talent show, a games day, a pizza party and a classroom-cleaning day. Get well, little lady!

I've also been keeping busy planning the summer's activities. Our summer break is sooooo flippin' long and it just drags on if we don't keep busy. The LB will continue his private guitar lessons through the summer, and the GB will take summer ballet. They'll both take swimming lessons and we'll swim during open times too. I've signed the LB up for numerous "tween" events at the library (the GB isn't quite old enough to participate officially, but the librarians almost always allow anyone to join in who wants to, which is very nice). We'll also attend movie showings at the library and as many all-ages activities as we can fit in. There's always something interesting going on. I've booked two camping weekends as well, one in June and one in July. Meanwhile, we have plotted our summer math and reading homeschool, and each child has chosen some recipes for mostly-independent cooking. There will be plenty of downtime, of course. I don't want to overschedule them (or me!), but we do need to keep some structure. It's more fun, and the days fly by. Future-me will want to take now-me out for a congratulatory beverage. Now I'm just hoping for a good monsoon this year! Perfect summer.

I hope life is going swimmingly for you these days! Thank you for your lovely comments lately. I'm sorry to have been so absent from blogland recently. It's been hard to find time for blogging but that should improve, what with all the free time I'll soon be enjoying. Have a good week, my friends.

17 comments:

  1. There is always lots of crochet done here when we have sick children. Hope she picks up for her busy week ahead. we have one more week at school and then we are going camping in the South of France - I am so looking forward to some warm weather. I like your thinking on the Summer hols. Ours are not as long but I always keep a work day once a week for a break! and then try and make the most of our family time together. Have a great week. Jo x

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  2. Oh no! I hate when kids get sick at school. It's embarrassing for them, and the whole class is exposed. :( Glad things are on the upswing.

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  3. I do hope Miss Bear gets better really quickly - she has so many important things going on this week! It sounds like you're well-prepared for your long summer. Enjoy it! :o)

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  4. So sorry GB has been so unwell, I do hope she's all better soon and able to enjoy this last week. There's always so much packed into the last week or so before the summer holidays isn't there. It sounds as though you've got some lovely things planned for the break. My littlest boy likes to continue his guitar lessons in the holidays if he can. Your library sounds excellent, librarians are lovely people aren't they. I hope it's a good week. CJ xx

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  5. Oh dear, poor GB. It sounds like she's ready for a break from all the rushing and racing. I really hope she's on the mend and all good for the big recital on Friday. The photos of your garden in the evening light are lovely. I like the idea of pottering about in the garden in the evening when it's all quiet. I tend to do that when I get home from work, about 4.30, if the weather is good. I love to take off my work shoes and walk bare feet around the garden with a cup of tea. :-)

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  6. Wishing good health for GB and all of you especially as you finish off the last week of school. I felt like our summers always were better when we had regular scheduled fun activities. Swimming, the library reading program, and camping were a part of our schedule, too. I am plotting camping for a week, and then a long trip back and forth across the USA with my sisters this summer...maybe even some stitching as well :) xx

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  7. Aw, hope your sweet GB recovers soon and is able to take part in everything. Your school holidays are much longer than ours, Imogen doesn't finish until the end of July for summer, but they do have a half term break after this week so I get her at home for a week xx

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  8. So nice to hear from you again! Hope she feels better soon! ♡♡♡ will say a prayer. ... hope your week goes well and peacefully! ♡

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  9. I do hope your little one heals up soon. and the whole being a little absent from the blogging world - i totally understand that one too :).. rest up, regroup - when you are ready to share we will all be here waiting for you :) xx

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  10. Oh goodness, I hope GB is better very soon and the rest of you stay well. It has to be so frustrating for you as you were all just ill. I will be praying for all of you.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. I am wishing GB a speedy recovery, it sounds like a nasty bug. I hope she has enough energy for her big performance. James was vomiting every 20 minutes for about 12 hours but then recovered real quick. Astoundingly so actually, considering.
    Gosh, you are busy! I hope all your plans are working out ok, a long summer break can feel endless. Camping in the summer is great, are you going somewhere nice? I don't look forward to our summer holidays, the kids have way more time off than I and it makes it difficult to keep them happy. Looking forward to our family holiday though, in a few weeks time.
    Wishing you a nice week with some time for reflection and crochet in between all the hustle and bustle that is the last week of school. xx

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  12. those are some beautiful pictures.
    I am trying my hand at planting something for the first time after I killed my peace lily many years ago..
    We have had success with our mint, cilantro and basil. We are still waiting for strawberries.. but we have had so much rain that I'm afraid the strawberries will drown. I have started to trap them to save them from getting too wet.. I hope it works and the sun comes out soon
    Hope all the bears feel better soon

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  13. I hope GB feels better soon. Being ill is no fun. Have you tried putting some gravel in the bottom of your planter to give it more drainage? I loved seeing your photos, your garden is gorgeous

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  14. Goodness, what a way to end the school year. Sorry to hear about all the illnesses. Hope that this last week is going well for everyone!

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  15. Sorry to hear your GB is unwell. I hope she recovers in good time for the dance recital. Your garden is looking lovely. Have you tried succulents in your planter? They don't mind being baked and don't need much watering. Sempervivums can survive extreme temperatures. And aeoniums. Your summer plans sound super-organised – cheers to future you! Sam x

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  16. oh no, poorly kids is not easy, hope everyone is ok now, and that you made it to the end of school and all is well xxx

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  17. Hope your wee girl is much better now. I had to pick up my youngest from school a couple of weeks ago with a virus, he got home just in time, started vomiting and didnt stop til next day. Awful. I am looking forward to reading about your summer holidays, I remember your weekly posts from under the big tree at the swimmimg pool last summer! One of the joys of reading lovely blogs like yours is the privelage of reading about these precious family routines X

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