Have you ever read an article about a big family? Did you read the comments? My goodness, I don't know why I did, so crass and disgusting. I know there are people out there who hide behind their keyboards and say awful things, but who are they? Do they look normal in the grocery store? Do they even give you the cart free at Aldi, and smile at your grandkids? What makes them so hateful? Are they seriously so mean just online, and nice in real life? Or are they horrible ogres who live somewhere far far away?
I went adventuring today with my friend Annetta. Ollies, where I bought chocolate covered almonds for Charlotte Claire, and Mallo Cups for Camille, and hot and spicy cashews for Paul, and Lily's sugar free chocolate chips for me. I bought some nice coloring books for Activity Club, and a nice tablecloth. Then to a bargain warehouse, which buys entire truckloads from Amazon, where I bought Mariel a birthday present....a HydroFlask cooler.
Then to Walmart, where I bought two $3 shirts, some sugar free whipped cream, and a few clothes for the grandkids.
We got some lunch, solved the world's problems, then headed home in the dark chilly rain.
Home...ah, home. I decided to call my sister, so with a nice big hot cup of coffee, I headed to the guest room to talk to her while the girls watched The Pirates of The Caribbean. Dinner: the girls had left early to do a cleaning job to earn money, so they ate random things as they went out the door, but weren't hungry because they must have had some good snacks earlier. So, I made some burgers...then decided I really wanted scrambled eggs, and sausages...so no burger for me. Then some Greek yogurt with a few fresh blueberries and some sugar free whipped cream.
The kitty cat did not wake me up last night, and Paul got up early to go to the gym. Somehow I fell back to sleep, and slept until 7:24! Char is on school break, so I don't have to get up before seven this week. A good night's sleep is delicious, isn't it? Elusive and rare, and amazing.
So to tell a story without telling a story, I recently had my feelings hurt. It was not a huge-0 deal, but I did not like it one little bit. Here's the thing, in THEORY, I do not care what people think of me, and I will NOT get offended. In REALITY, sometimes life sneaks up on you and someone says something, maybe someone else agrees with them, and mortally wounded. nobody likes me. No, it wasn't that bad. But later, the thoughts swirl around, and perhaps a root of bitterness would like to come in and set up camp. We all know what a terrible idea that is though! I had a sudden flash of how absolutely ugly it is to be offended. Let. It. Go. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. All those good things. A chance to put them in to practice! Oh, stubborn, proud me, be humble and find peace!
Life is a series of trials, mostly small ones, testings of our faith.
And, I wrote this post a few days ago. I went to the pool twice yesterday, once for water aerobics, then in the afternoon with Char and Cam, and Achilles, Rhys, and Jamie. We met Ben and Ashley there with Anya, Elise, and Declan. Forty minutes went by fast, but little ones don't tend to last too long in the pool, Rhys was getting cold. Getting them all dressed was a breeze, because Char, Cam, and I each had one child to help...we picked up pizza and wings on the way home, and settled in for the evening. Kathryn and Darius were out together, so we were holding down the fort.
Stories and silly nonsense and then brushing teeth and saying their prayers, they went to bed so nicely for us. I stayed up too late and woke up too early, but I'm not complaining. I could have gone back to sleep. I wanted to go with Paul to get supplies to do our stairs, but he left when I was in the bathroom, dang it, I didn't tell him I wanted to go. The girls are going to a girls' tea party/gathering/volleyball, fun sleepover thing with some friends from Toronto, Jon is going to the farm show with Ben, Adrian, Darius, and lots of little kids.
I am having company for dinner, so I should get busy and clean up the house....I'm not positive what we're having with our steak yet, because yesterday I had a very tight schedule. I had to buy a whole list of stuff for the girls' weekend (my budget was $150, and I spent $149.23, and no, I didn't use a calculator, just estimated while I threw things in the cart...). Miss Camille was out and about with me, she wanted to go to Marshall's to look for something, and she kindly agreed we should go to the dollar store too. By the time we got home, it was time to go to watch the kids at Kathryn's. It was too challenging for me to plan for the dinner at the same time as getting everything on that list. I did buy strip steaks though, and I have blueberries, strawberries, and Brussel sprouts...and potatoes. So we'll be fine, don't you think? I am thinking to make something sinfully chocolate for dessert....
Is my blog stuck in a boring rut? Sometimes it's joyful for me to write, but sometimes it's a chore to navigate what's my business to tell about, and what's not. It overlaps, of course. Things that pertain to me, and effect me, often are personal to others.
Ah well...time to mosey out to the kitchen and make some decisions on dinner and dessert...have a really nice day!