I’ve been on an epic purge of household items and so far, we have boxes and bags of clothing, kitchen utensils, duplicate pans and serving dishes, games, toys, and books. Slowly, PC and I are making our way through the basement, the garage, the closets and the office to get rid of as much as we can in an effort to streamline our lives and reduce some of the clutter and stress from all this crap we’ve saved.
Today he cleaned out the clutter from behind the garage; he loaded up scaffolding and ladders to take across town to a painting job he starts Monday, and then the rest of the items he either threw away or put in storage until we can get a garden/yard shed put up behind the garage for all my work signs and directional signs (“For Sale” and “Open House!” for example), as well as gardening supplies.
We have sixteen chairs in the back yard. SIXTEEN. Several are the plastic lawn chairs one buys at a discount store, plus a wicker armchair, patio chairs, and chairs that go with a glass-topped patio table. We’ll be weeding through those soon.
After a morning of rearranging cabinets in the kitchen, I washed clothes and hung them out to dry, and for dinner, we grilled sausage and shrimp and served it over cheesy polenta. Rabbit, not a fan, ate a leftover chimichanga from a previous night’s dinner.
Next week is Rabbit’s last week of school, with the school picnic on Tuesday. The following week, she starts swim lessons at a local Swimtastic school, with 90 degree water and small class sizes. She’s also officially given up on violin, having completed the full school year we required when she asked to be able to try it out. We’ll return the violin to the friend who loaned it to us, and we’ll start searching for a piano teacher to give her lessons. We are still waiting to hear back on whether our insurance will cover the cost of the braces she needs. She is almost able to ride her bike and once she can ride it without risk of wrecking, we’ll get her a bigger bike so she and I can go riding together.
We got a landline/house phone this month. It occurred to us that Rabbit didn’t know how to use a phone and that at the age of ten, this is a little strange. We’ve not had a landline for the past several years, and now that she’s able to be alone at home for small stretches of time, we figured it was time she knew how to call out and learn some basic phone etiquette.
In other news, I have been super busy with work and taking care of clients; so far I’m on track to surpass what I did all of last year by July 1 of this year. Needless to say, there hasn’t been a lot of time for blogging. PC has been busy with his painting business but could always use more projects. We are hoping to have an informal open house/backyard picnic for friends this summer, to celebrate our 25th anniversary, which was back in January.
And I have gained 5 or more pounds so I need to get back on the bike and start riding again.
What’s new with you?