I’ve been neglecting my blog. I know because my mom called yesterday to see if I was sick. Why else would a person who writes almost daily not write for almost a week? I’m not sick. I haven’t been particularly busy either. If anything life has been rather ho-hum.
From Monday to Friday I drove the boys into town for Extreme Adventure day camp. While they joyfully went off to kayak, rock climb, mountain bike through woods and canoe, I happily went my own way sans kids to get inspired for P’s bedroom makeover. I lucked out at Walmart. I had found some Sico paint chips that showed promise and Walmart had bedding and accent pillows in the very shade I had grown fond of at very good prices. I bought what I liked figuring P wouldn’t care for it so much. I was fully prepared to return it all and start over. Turns out P likes the colour scheme I chose and fell immediately in love with his new comforter and pillow. I’ve been having him pack up his room and started doing what I do best – moving furniture around. It’s then that it occurred to me that maybe I should take some before pictures.
P has a big, boxy room that was loaded with stuff. Take a look at that closet! Surely I can do better than that. I’m working on the concept of “less is more” with P. A cluttered room isn’t a comfy one. It’s better to attractively store away the extras and just have a few likeable things on display. I don’t think it will be a hard sell with this son.
The ickiest thing in P’s room (besides the super stained carpet) is the the moldy windows. They need a little work.
Apart from P’s room, I’ve been working at delivering papers. I took a job with another paper and now I can deliver every day if I want to. Delivering papers may not be everyone’s idea of an ideal job but I really like it. The walking does me a lot of good and of course I don’t mind that I’m getting paid to exercise. I like how flexible the schedule is. I feel like I can still be the mom and wife I want to be and earn a little extra cash on the side. Of course, I will have to contend with our confused climate. The last two days it’s been quite hot and I came close to being a puddle on the sidewalk. You need LOTS of water when you deliver for hours in weather like that. A LOT more water than what I brought with me. The other thing I like about delivering is the stories I bring home. Yesterday, construction came to a halt for a few minutes while I climbed a retaining wall with my trundle buggy full of papers on my back and made my way through bushes to get to a paid subscriber’s home. It was either that or leap a GIANT hole in the middle of the road and the backhoe and twenty workers that were making the hole. For a few moments, the paper girl was the center of everyone’s attention. Fortunately, my spidey senses kicked in and I scaled the heights with ease and made it through the underbrush with nary a scrape to my sweaty legs. That’s so much more exciting than telling the family I cleaned bathrooms, weeded and did dishes while they were away.
Today, it’s project paper dolls. I’m continuing the story of Esther at church tomorrow (the one I began telling in my wedding dress to the mortification of my sons). I need to come up with an Esther, king, Mordecai and Haman. The story line suggests using male and female barbies as aids but I don’t have any of those kicking around and I’m aware that there are more than a few anti-barbie crusaders at church. I’m not so fond of barbie and her outlandish proportions either so I will do things a slightly different way and put my creative abilities to work. And I will do some dishes, cleaning and weeding today. Life is good even if it IS a bit ho-hum.