I feel like a teenager who has been caught skipping class. For a week.
There is guilt. There is shame. There is a little bit of defiance, also. (It felt good to not have to think of something to write every night after Violet went to bed.) There is also excitement. I am ready to get back to work!
The past week was a relatively busy one, for us. I have just attempted to write down a list of what we did on each of the past six days. Half of it has been forgotten, but I remember the highlights.
Monday April 16: After buying sulfur and fertilizer for acid-loving plants — like my blueberries — we spread the stinky stuff around my four bushes. Then, finally, I could spread the pine mulch that I bought weeks ago! I hope the blueberry bushes get big and strong and produce lots of berries for us this year. I’m not holding my breath, though, because there aren’t a whole lot of blossoms as of yet.
Tuesday April 17: It was chilly and overcast today — great weather for clearing brush! Location: the bottom of the driveway. It is difficult to see if any cars are coming when we are leaving in our own vehicle. Considering our road is really only wide enough for one automobile, visibility should be a top priority. First, we tackled the east side of the driveway.
Upon examination of the west side of the driveway, Mom discovered that I have unknowingly become a poison ivy farmer. Great. This area will have to wait until the Round-up takes effect (and the poison ivy dies)!
Wednesday April 18: I don’t really remember what we did today, other than housework. Violet and I sat down in her room and went through each of her books, deciding which to keep and which to sell in a yard sale next month. Violet, of course, said to keep all of them. I did, however, end up with a little pile of books to get rid of. I am anticipating buying a lot of books tomorrow at the library’s annual book sale.
(I anticipated correctly.)
Thursday April 19: This is the second week we went to the “big kids” story time at the library. Violet loves it! She is learning how to follow directions in a group, wait patiently for the next activity to start and is honestly one of the better-behaved little kids there. She really shines, too. She entertained everyone — okay, me and the director — by dancing in the center of the room during one of our songs.
Every week, there is a craft at the end of story time. This week Violet created her very own Hungry Little Caterpillar.
Mom was kind enough to pick Violet up from the library so I could then go to the annual book sale by my lonesome. I spent well over an hour cramming books into my reusable totes. I bought so many children’s books, I had to pay, take them to my car and go back inside to look through the rest of them. The total bill was around $20, but I got hundreds of dollars worth; most of them are educational books for Violet.
Mom was also kind enough to deliver two “scoops” of mulch to my driveway while I was gone. A local landscaping business was having a sale; all this mulch cost only $24 (delivery for me was free!).
By the way, the poison ivy has begun to wilt. I was disappointed at the progression of death, until Mom informed me that it can take up to ten days to die from the Round-up.
And this is the west side of the driveway (aka. Poison Ivy Corner).
Friday April 20: Violet and I went to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) in the morning and had fun seeing some new friends. Violet didn’t want to be separated from her friend, Hydee, so she got to be in the “Threes, Fours and Fives” room. I made Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes to share with the moms.
After MOPS, I and a starving Violet went to Chick-Fil-A where she burned off some more energy in the play area. Then we went to Michael’s. Hey, it’s right next door — I’m just trying to make our trip more worthwhile. Dave was on his way home and would be here in forty-five minutes, so Violet burned off even more energy at the park while we waited.
Having Dave home means I can mow the lawn. See how he puts me to work right away? Poor Jen.
Violet enjoyed playing in our daisy patch, which I have avoided mowing the past few weeks.
I asked her to stand beside the peas so you can see how tall they’re getting. When can I eat some?
Saturday April 21: We surprised Violet with a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo. All she knew was that we were going to Cincinnati. She kept talking about going to “Atty’s house.” When we finally got there and told her where we were, she acted like she knew all along. Walking up to the gates, though, her excitement was immense. That in itself made the long car trip (and fuel costs) worthwhile.
More on the zoo to come!
So that is my week in a nutshell. I hope you can forgive me for going MIA. I promise not to do it again anytime soon. If you need to find me, I will be in detention, doing laundry.
What naughty thing did you do this past week?