We’ve been in that pleasant, uneventful in the large sense, busy in the small sense state for the last few weeks. I find that I tend to sort of overlook these time periods in life because nothing major is happening, but in a lot of ways, they’re really the ones that make up the bulk and reality of life. As someone who tends towards impatience, I’ve tried to challenge myself to slow down a little and savor the moments that do come.
- Since we moved, because of various issues, it’s been a bit of a challenge to develop community. At this point, we’ve bought a house and plan to stay for a while, so I’ve been looking for some opportunities to find and hang out with people. This, as you might imagine, is not the easiest thing – for a world that is hyper-connected by the internet, it’s surprisingly hard to meet people in real life. Especially since we’re also searching for a new church community. So I took a cue from Loribeth at The Road Less Travelled and checked into the local library offerings. Happily, they have an adult book club that meets near my house on a weeknight that I can attend! First meeting is next week and we’re reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
- We’ve been watching “Big Dreams, Small Spaces”, a British show about gardening/landscaping. It’s pretty soothing and I like the fact that people are realistic about the labor and financial costs of putting in a dream garden. Budgets range from “almost nothing” to “over $25K in US dollars”. What’s most fascinating are the things people find when they start digging – usually some form of concrete or stone, but in the most extreme instance, a live, unexploded WWII hand grenade (the bomb squad and then military ordnance disposal had to be called).
- Having watched too much gardening, we decided, in a rash of wild overconfidence, to dig in a couple of mulched beds around our patio area where the grass looked horrible and patchy. It’s mostly shady, so the lovely garden/wildflower meadow/herb garden I had in mind was quickly shot down by my (botany minor) mother. Instead, we’ve got a couple of mulched beds with coral bells and hostas (also known as plantain lilies). It’s not real gardening but I’m happy to report that so far, the plants are alive and thriving and the area looks much better. In true “Big Dreams, Small Spaces” fashion, we found seven large pavers buried in the area, along with a bunch of gross plastic. Probably explains why the grass refused to grow there…
- Nice as the back now looks, the front needs work. We have two bushes next to the house that we neglected to prune properly and have metastasized into oversized disasters. There’s probably no saving them, unfortunately, we’ll probably have to go ahead and take them out. This gives us through the fall and winter to plan (and save) to replant the bed in the spring.
- As final item in the plant department, I am also happy to report that I bought two hanging baskets for the porch a few weeks ago and both are still alive (no one is more surprised than me). They look lovely and give me a little pop of happiness every time I see them.
- Currently doing swim lessons with the kids, thankfully in an indoor pool. We are not having a warm summer so far – last week we had a day in the 50s-low 60s. It’s also rained a ton. I am so ready for nice weather!
- I really can’t believe it, but we’re starting to talk about kindergarten and working on settling a pre-K plan with daycare. E won’t go this fall but the plan is for fall of 2020. It’s a little wild, mostly because I still have a tendency to think of her as 2lb 8oz (1190 g) baby, but in reality, she’s actually a pretty typical 4-year-old with lots of opinions who loves “Frozen” and “Moana”. She’s progressing in literal leaps and bounds with riding her balance bike, climbing on stuff, and doing somersaults off the couch. I’m often torn between pointing out that we don’t do somersaults off the couch and wanting to cheer because it’s obvious how far her stamina, balance, and strength have come. M loves climbing as well.
- Saline infusion sonogram at the RE’s office on Monday.