First, and before I move on with anything else, I want to say hi and let you know that I'm still here.
The days just got away from me, and before I knew it Friday, Saturday and Sunday had gone by.
I didn't get a weekend either, I was so busy with the yard work that it all became a bit of a blur. I'm not sure how I managed to even take pictures, but I did and I'll share those with you, but yeah, not much really happened other outside work.
Know what I'm thinking though? That I wish it was Friday night and that I had my Saturday and Sunday ahead. I'm tired, I'm sore and I'm ready for the weekend. *I'm just whingeing and whingeing and whingeing* Hahah
Right, so, the title probably caught your attention, I mean it's not everyday that I put up a title like that and then proceed to not immediately explain what I meant.
Well here's the thing, back when we were stationed in Arizona, we did a lot of yard work. It was something we both enjoyed and we would spend weekends out in the yards, working, mowing, gardening, decorating and all, even in 120 degree weather. It didn't bother us, we were fine.
Fast forward to now, we are both much older, Curt is 44 and I'm turning 43 on Thursday.
We can't do it. We get out there and we do about 10 minutes, then drag our sweat drenched, red faced, hyperventilating, dehydrated and water guzzling selves to the living room floor....where we proceed to lay under the AC vent for about 10 minutes, until we can go back out there to shovel and dig and move things around for another 10 or 15 minutes before repeating the process again.
I know it's hot here, I know it's humid and I'm pretty certain none of those things help the situation either, but for goodness sakes, we are struggling people.
We both looked at each other on Saturday and said "Oh my God, we are getting old, we can't do this much longer." And let's not even mention the aches and pains the next day.
Saturday morning he got on the mower and started that part of the work while I cracked on with inside chores. Dishes, cleaning, laundry, floors and bathrooms etc.
I can always see him from my kitchen window and I love looking out at our property. It is a lot of land, it is definitely never ending work but we are both loving every second of it. I consider myself incredibly blessed with the life I have and the husband I have. He is such a hard working man, both at work and at home :)
I tried this Raisin Bran for the first time this weekend. I've had Raisin Bran before before never the crunchy granola. Loved it and am sure I'll buy it again.
My flowers are blooming. Not all of them, a lot of the ones I planted at the same time as these, never did do anything, but that's ok. I find pleasure in gardening even if I'm not very good at it. I always joke that I have a Thumb of Death instead of a Green Thumb.
My Stargazer Lilies above, are doing beautifully though, I can't wait to see them flowering.
I am ashamed to say that I can not for the life of me, remember what this flower is. I planted so much that day and completely forgot. I usually label them but didn't this time, so I guess it's a Mystery.
After a day's work, when I finally have an hour or so before bed, I have been making a huge dent on my Mandala Madness. I had to buy more yarn though as I was running out of everything, because I've used some of the same colors on both the Mandala Madness and the Atlanticus.
Curt took me to Walmart on Friday night just to buy me yarn. I was quite surprised, but I guess he does love me :)
Sunday we did more yard work, finally got some more landscaping done. It's looking so good out there, and I'll try to grab some photos tomorrow. There's still so much work to be done, but it's going to take time and again.....we're getting old. hahah
We also had my brother, sister in law and nephew over for dinner. It was great sitting down to a good home cooked meal and a nice visit and catch up. We always end up laughing until our sides hurt. Again, blessed to live near family after almost 20 years of it being just us 4.
That soup above, was today's lunch, by the way. It's been cloudy and rainy and very wintery kind of day, and that always makes me crave soup. I didn't know what I had on hand and since I have to get groceries on Friday, I just went ahead and used up all the veggies I had in the fridge that needed to be used up.
Broccoli, shredded carrot, a leftover baked potato, a small onion, celery, a can of diced tomatoes and I even put in my leftover pulled pork from the other night's dinner. What a delicious soup I got out of it. And I made a huge pot too so have two big jars of leftover soup for the fridge for quick lunches during the week. I'll certainly enjoy those.
With all my housework done earlier in the day, I was able to take some time today to work on the Mandala Madness.
I have far too many projects on the go, and have decided that I need to get them all finished and off my hooks so I can get ready for a few more Crochet Alongs coming up. I think I might actually give a lot of these blankets away as Christmas gifts. It will be a thoughtful homemade gift from me, will save me money, and I'll have an excuse to try out a bunch of different crochet blankets. Right?
Well my friends, it's that time for me. My comfy bed is calling my name, my Marley is already asleep snuggled up next to me, so I think I'll go ahead and call it a night.
I have a cookbook review coming up tomorrow for you all, and I also have a Homemaking Series planned to share with you all in the next few weeks. But more on all that later.
Have a beautiful blessed night.