Hello! The days are flying by, and any minute now all the fall activities will start up and I’m not ready! This week I’ve started organizing. The commitment of homeschooling co op (we took a year off, but are returning this year), orchestra, and band always feels big, and I need to be mentally prepared for all of that to start up end of this month. The best way for me to do that is to clean and organize. I started with the shelves I store homeschooling books on. Then I emptied and re-organized some of the cabinets in my workspace. Today I may start working on our basement storage room. It’s so bad you can’t even walk in there. Yesterday we had an a.c. repairman out and Jonny had to clear him a path through the mess to reach the unit that is in that room. (We found out what was wrong, and Jonny repaired it himself, so now we have a.c. again!)
My house feels extra messy this week because Seth got a job! He’s had a lot of time on his hands this summer and has filled some of it by doing extra housework for me. I knew it couldn’t last forever…A friend of ours mentioned that he has friends who run a sort of high end landscaping company and they couldn’t find teenagers who are willing to work. Seth has been wanting a job so we talked to the folks, who happen to live on our street, and they picked him up for work early the following morning. He’s been working everyday this week: planting shrubs and perennials, spreading mulch, and pulling weeds at some pretty fancy places. He comes home and heads straight for the shower each day. He’s being paid well and seems very happy with the situation. He commented that he is doing the exact kind of work that he tries to avoid at home, but it’s different when you are getting paid! I’m super proud of him because he’s setting an alarm, getting up early on his own, making his own breakfast, packing a lunch, and on the other side of things, going to bed earlier at night so he’s rested for the next day. All of a sudden he’s so grown up! (I’m not going to cry…)
I managed to do a couple of fun projects last week even with the extra children we had in the house. I dyed a couple of white linen dresses that I found at our local TJMaxx. The first one I dyed a taupe/gray and the second one indigo blue. I’ve been wearing them nearly every day. They are perfect for this hot weather we’ve been having. I also dyed an old white linen shirt that I’ve had forever. It’s a pale lavender gray now and I love it! I’ve been knitting a bit as well, working on the cardigan that I restarted, and now I’m back to where I was when I ripped it out. I’m very happy that I started over! I have a tendency to operate this way with knitting projects. I realize I need to change something, and that it will require ripping out my work. I dread doing it, but then once I do and get started again I feel so much better about it!
I’m still not fully recovered from our week taking care of those three little boys. We took them home over the weekend, and it was hard. I get too emotionally involved, especially in situations that involve children, and I doubt that will ever change. For now, we’ve done what we could do and I have to shift my focus back to my own family. Hence, the organizing and getting focused on the upcoming school year. I can’t save every child, but I can do what I need to do to help myself be the best mother I can to my children. I think this must be something that we all struggle with at times, pouring mental energy into situations we can’t alter, when there is plenty that we can do within our own families. So with my family is where I will be, hopefully in both body and mind.