All of a sudden there seem to be quite a few works in progress around here, and hopefully I will be able to share some finished projects soon!
I am on the verge of a sinus infection, the hallmark of winter pregnancy for me.  Thank goodness for the Neti pot!  This is my first season using one, and I am thinking (hoping!) that I might win the battle.  I am so thankful to those of you who suggested I buy one!
I was checking out at the grocery store the other day when the older gentleman who was checking and bagging my groceries said to me, “Just a warning, but you really should wash your grocery bags sometimes.  They get dirty from your groceries, and this one in particular (old stained white canvas that doesn’t ever look clean) is really dirty.”
Maybe I should have said “thank you, I’ll go home and do that straight away!”
But, sometimes I am not in the mood for unsolicited advice.
While thinking to myself that I was really glad that he couldn’t see the interior of my van, I told him that I have five children and do so much laundry that my grocery bags aren’t high on the priority list (and we don’t buy much meat at all, so it’s mainly dry goods and bagged produce going in the bags to begin with.)  I don’t think that was rude of me, and I did say it with a (forced) smile.  The whole thing was sort of embarrassing and maybe a bit shocking.  I am not accustomed to having strangers give me cleanliness advice.  I guess I will file this situation in the “awkward encounters with strangers” category along with that drunk lady from my May flight with Beatrix.
And I guess rather than going back to the store with even dirtier bags and choosing his line again, I will swallow my pride and wash my grocery bags, as you are supposed to do that periodically (swallow your pride and wash your grocery bags!)
Jonny is going to be taking the boys snowboarding once a week for the rest of the winter as part of a homeschool snowboard deal at a (sort of) nearby mountain.  I need to plan some projects to keep the girls happy on those days, as they are going to be long ones!  Hmmm, what to do with two and four year old girls?  This may become a series if I can manage to come up with a bunch of good ideas!

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