With my recent focus turned toward crafting with stamps, paper, and ink, I’ve been neglecting my other projects. And not just my Year in Photos. The laundry has piled up so that it is now towering above me in intimidating mounds (not really, but it sure does seem that way!). I haven’t read the next chapter in Tales from The Odyssey to Lizzie and Jacob in several days (we’re not reading Homer; it’s a retelling by Mary Pope Osbourne that is very well done!). My room is much messier than I ever like the kids’ rooms to be. The weeds are rapidly taking over my garden and the aphids are devouring the fresh new sprouts on my roses.
I thought this week was going to be about reveling in the absence of school – the start of summer vacation! But I am realizing that what I need to do is to get my keester in gear! While the kids have a free week of playing DSi games and watching cartoons and reading whatever they want and playing with friends, I need to attend to that which I have been neglecting.
- First things first – LAUNDRY. I must tackle first that which I most want to avoid.
- Next – Garden. How much I get done here largely depends on how much it rains this week. We were remembering yesterday that last Memorial Day, we went to the lake and it was hot and sunny and lovely. It has rained or threatened to rain here for at least two weeks (with the exception of last Monday). I AM READY FOR SUMMER, PLEASE! Because of all the rain, all my new plants are growing well, but the roses are covered with aphids – yuck! I need to get some systemic fertilizer on them and maybe pick up some ladybugs for a quick eradication effort. Again, it all depends on the rain or lack thereof.
- My room. I suppose I’ll need to actually put away my clothes, and go through that last box (I’m embarrassed to say this) that has not been dealt with since our room was repainted … three months ago!
- THE KIDS. Even though I promised them a week of very little structure for their first week of summer vacation (i.e. no strict time limits on TV, etc.), I will tear them away from their screens for at least a little while each day to read to them, to play a game with them, to … shall I even dare say it … go to the zoo if it’s not raining!
- School wrap-up: School is over, but I need to clean everything up, collect their work into their binders, organize the summer work (to keep brains limber and lubricated), and figure out this summer’s token exchange program (more on this later this week when I’ve got it a little more ironed out).
- Then when things are at least slightly back in order, I will allow myself to escape to my craft room and get working on the three cards I sketched up this weekend.
But right now I’m not doing any of those things. I have been working this evening on updating my BLOG. I’ve added two new pages: Stamping Today and A Year in Photos. Stamping Today will have thumbnails of all my cards with links to the tutorials, and A Year in Photos will have thumbnails of most of my pictures with links to the original “From this day …” posts, like this one. These pages are still under construction so please bear with me as they come together.
But before I turn in for the night and try to get some rest so that I can conquer this week’s tasks, I have a few photos to add.
Photo 240 of 365: New Needles
All the evergreens around us – and there are A LOT! – are all fringed with chartreuse. The ends of their branches have all sprouted this year’s new growth in bright greens and silvers.
Photo 241 of 365: Dreams of Blue
I planted this hydrangea last spring, and it has come back in full force this year. I can’t wait to see it in a few more years! It should wield bright blue blossoms later this summer, but right now they are bright green and full of promise.
Photo 242 of 365: Papa’s Day Off!
Anthony had the day off work today and so when the rain stopped and the sun actually came out for awhile this afternoon, the kids and their Papa escaped outside. I happened to catch most of them perched up in the playhouse full of imaginings, which we all know are made much more fun when they’re imagined with a papa.