I have an infestation of fruit flies. I have cleared my kitchen drain, have traps set up, tried spraying raid… they keep multiplying throughout the house! They are just about in every single room. Any advice?
So we named this blog Tedious because we get caught up in the everyday of life… it’s all important, but sometimes seems trivial. We are still here, all you faithful followers. (: I’m in a meal making rut. I just haven’t had any mojo to cook! And my house hasn’t really been tidy for about a month. WE are definately nearing the end of harvest, so soon I hope to completely conquer the odd jobs, the washing of the windows, and the ordering of new ones. Have a blessed evening.
3 year old “Mom, what do I say when I cough?”
Mom “You can say excuse me.”
3 year old “No, that’s for farts.”
Mom (laughing out loud.)
This week I spent a couple days with my parents and my two favourite sisters. And all our collected children, which currently totals 8, and it’s starting to look like maybe that number won’t increase. Which is fine all around, although nobody would mind if someone other-than-our-house added to the mix. It was a great couple of days, actually. The kids are getting to the ages where they are mostly playing together and keeping themselves amused without involving the parents. And mostly having fun without causing physical damage to one another. Which is really nice.
I’m kind of excited, actually, about what the next few years will bring, with kids all old enough to be a lot of fun, but not old enough to drive. I’m really looking forward to the weeks spent at the beach, and boating and fishing and smoky fires by the tinkling creek and hunting frogs and pointing out birds and beetles and berries.
One of the other things I did this weekend was scan some photos. I’ve had it in mind for a while, and one morning I found that everyone had gone in seperate directions and I had a few minutes of unscheduled time to myself. So I grabbed the first photo album on the shelf and started slapping snapshots onto the scanner. I remember, even as a kid, that I really enjoyed looking at the photos of when I was younger, and seeing my parents and grandparents and uncles and aunts in their younger years. So it was a fun project to skim through the albums looking for pictures that really captured big moments and the character of the people involved. I was thrilled to find several of people laughing. It’s great to have smiles, but some of the ones with laughter are so rich, almost three dimensional. Even moreso when I can hear the laughter in my mind.
The down side to this fun adventure is the realization that I quite often have allowed myself to get nostalgic and relive old memories and rehash borrowed memories from before my time. I realized that when I’m home at the farm, I often spend an inordinate amount of time in my past instead of being fully present to my surroundings. It struck me as so ridiculous that I should be pondering the events of the (sometimes distant!) past instead of fully enjoying my present. Actually, it helped wake me up to this fact when I realized just how much fun I was having with these nephews and nieces that I don’t see all that often. I had a great childhood, and I think I was spoiled by my uncles and aunts and grandparents. Super great, but I spend too much time noticing things like how I’m the same age now as they were when (insert interesting event from the past) happened. I owe it to myself and to the people I’m adventuring with to be fully engaged with the events I’m attending. Instead of reading my own history, from now on I’ll try harder to make my kids’ history more interesting.
Hi all! Just updating you that I will be starting GAME ON on Sunday. I really need to do this! Enough yo-yoing (pretty sure that isn’t a word) and time to drop these pounds! My ideal happy place would be about 30lbs lighter. Not impossible!
No more muffin tops!
This is from the little Healthy Living magazine that I get. This was interesting to me!
“A good connection – no wonder calling Mom feels so good! Voice has a similar impact on the brain as touch, in terms of stress reduction, according to researchers at the U of Wisconsin. They found that stressed children had increased salivary levels of the hormone cortisol. Hugging their mothers could significantly drop those cortisol levels and release oxytocin, the warm and fuzzy neurohormone. But a phone call to Mom showed the same hormonal changes.”
So, call your Mom! I love talking to family and may be teased by my husband for doing it so much… but here is proof that it is good!!!
Have a blessed sunshiney day!
I did 20 min yesterday for 1 mile on treadmill. Everyday I will try to move, and everyday I will increase my time. It will come, I will do this, and do well! Today I did the WW Get Moving video. It’s about 20min, and I like it alot. It uses cardio and weights and stretching.
Have a blessed day!