Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Getting back to normal

Faith and David with Mommy

Last night I curled up on the sofa with a cup of peppermint tea and a John Denver special being rerun on PBS. Sasha was finally convinced the little people were no longer in the house so she left the security of our bedroom to take her place as queen of the sofa again, curled up next to me. I sat there thanking God for such a blessed time.

However, it was strangely quiet with only two people in the house. Christopher was out with friends and our remaining family were most likely at their friend's house in Ohio where they would be spending the night on their way back East. I'm thinking it is the quiet that has Sasha smiling while she was snoozing.

Today I must take advantage of a rare sunny day to do some weeding and other outside duties. We will assemble the gift my son-in-law picked out for us... a gas grill! I can hardly wait to try it out since I've wanted one since we moved here (we had no idea they planned such a gift). This will be such a blessing as my old stove has two burners no longer working and it will provide an easy and healthy way to cook... especially on those hot summer days!

We had hoped to use it before they left but those nine days flew by as if they were nine hours. Elisabeth and I didn't get a chance to bake together or have a tea party. We did get to do a lot of fun "stuff" and Grammie feels seriously spoiled.

We'll be working on getting the garage more organized this week... as with all the household and garden duties... I do a little at a time and it all adds up. I started getting my coupons and recipes organized before garden duties took over and they are once again pulled out, ready to return to when the rains also return.

Then there is the "summer of all things lovely" which will mean reading another book on my list and perhaps baking something yummy for when my sister visits later this week. Jean will be staying with Bonnie this time and Bonnie's husband is now home from the hospital but bedridden. I'm certain Jean's return "home" for a short vacation has a lot to do with her first year as a widow. A basket of goodies will cheer them all up.

Tomorrow I plan to write a little more about deepening the pantry... God willing and the weeds aren't taking over the garden. I'm learning so much about what works and what doesn't while we are living out of the pantry and freezer for awhile.

Debra, I received the bowl! Thank you so much. It now has a place of honor in my kitchen and it reminds my husband of his mother. I am touched and honored by your remembering me when you saw it on e-bay! :)


scrappy quilter said...

What a blessing to receive a gas grill. I'm so happy for you. I look forward to tomorrow's post...you always have such wisdom to say when it comes to stocking the pantry.

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I, too, look forward to reading more about stocking the pantry. Your visit just sounds so nice. The picture is adorable. You have some beautiful grandchildren. I'll bet Christopher enjoyed seeing them too. I pray he's feeling stronger and good since his surgery.

Anonymous said...

At this moment anyway our garden is not in need of weeding. I have been weeding things in the house though! Too many weeds! Books do dads etc. I realized I have too much of a good thing to take care of. I was finding I did not have time for reading, mending or prettying up things around the house and yards. So I am plucking this and that here and there and giving them away. Feels good! What fun to get a gas grill. They really found the right gift didn't they. Perfect for this season and this season in your lifes. Jody

Mrs. Rabe said...

Oh we love our grill - we received it from a friend who was getting a new one!

We use it all the time in the summer - so easy to cook healthy food -and not heat up the house!