15 degrees this fine spring morning, here in central New York state. The sun is shining on the snow, and it IS lovely out there. I am thinking maybe today we'll go to the library. The kids all have different subjects they want to learn about, so we need books about Japan and skateboards, and trees. They wrote up spring and summer bucket lists yesterday. They want to ride bikes and swim and learn different gymnastics moves. They are so enthusiastic about everything, I want to freeze time so that I always have these young ones in the house, keeping things lively.
Okay, here's a yucky subject. Bugs. Have you ever heard of pantry moths? Neither had I. We found some last fall, and did extensive cleaning of the cupboards, and got rid of them, or so we thought. Or maybe new ones came in the dog food or something. But in any case, there were a few flying around and we decided to clean out the cupboards again, throwing away opened stuff, just to make sure to keep those little pests at bay. I had just bought new flour, so I put it into plastic containers. Camille and I were also baking molasses cookies, so that made it interesting. We emptied the cupboards, vacuumed, wiped them down, and put things back with a little more rhyme and reason. Evelyn is a good organizer, and is priceless to have around when there's a project to do. We hope this is the end of those little moths, and so help me, if we see so much as one of them...
Anyway. Today we did go to the library. Little Annika likes do do the puzzles, and the girls read her stories. They got out a few stacks of books, then we went to the grocery store quick to get things for Joseph's activity club. We then ran into the dollar store for a few things...Annika picked up a purple pail and said, "I love purple", as she walked down the aisle with the pail swinging...so I bought it for her. She's just cute.
Home...ah home. Jon built a fort for Annika, and is flying his remote controlled helicopter. The school girls are home, and it's pleasant in here. I made a roast with carrots, and lots of mashed potatoes for dinner last night, and there are plenty of leftovers, so I don't need to scramble to figure out dinner tonight. That's always a good feeling.
Mali is coming over with baby Lydia, this Grandma is excited about that. Lydia is so precious. You know, when other people have grandchildren, you admire them, and really like them, but when you get your own, oh dear, it's like they just own your heart. Although I do really love my sister's grand kids, and my brothers' too...I guess any children I spend time with, I will fall in love with.
Right now, Jonathan is letting Annika pilot the copter..she's sitting on the couch singing Happy Birthday to herself.
I miss Paul. I don't like him to be gone, but I do like missing him, if that makes sense.
The doctor's office just called to confirm with me that the lump is benign, and to assure me they will call in a few months to remind me, and set up a 6 month re-check to be sure nothing scary grows.
I'm enjoying my coffee, and my chair, and my day, and my life...