Archive | April 21, 2014

A Gorgeous day

Finally; outside weather.  Fiona wants nothing more than to be outside full time and given that the majority of her memory she has been inside or outside cold I can see her point.  Zoe refused to wear pants and Niamh left her snow pants home with glee.  Yesterday was a perfect easter day with outside egg hunting and then playing kids.  I still miss my huge family but we did ok.  Church was still a challenge because 1.5h of being squished and quiet is not in their wheelhouse but on the plus side we thoroughly amused the people behind us whose kids are now 8, 10 and 13 and their mom said they are less fun now…

 

We are back to a normal week here with laundry chugging in the background and bread already baked for the week.  Now that the sand table is out there is more sweeping to be done but far less toy pickup other places.  The crazy week with travel plus catch up, a weekend with a race, then an event in the same day and to cap it off a holiday I’m looking forward to a mellow few days before we start all over.  The next big thing is the WEDDING and Zoe’s Birthday but I’m still finishing thankyou cards from Niamh’s birthday that there is not a ton of breathing room.  Thank goodness for little girls that want to play outside and I get to sit in the shade and watch and take a break from the to-do list.  Bubbles are high on the agenda for outside time…

 

Finally I can’t really publish something without mentioning an epic personality of Northshield passing away.  For a few weeks I’ve seen posts alluding to someones failing health and I could not figure out who since nothing was linked etc.  A few days ago someone finally did link and I was very sorry to see that it is a person I really  like and wish I could have known better.  He passed on last night and I happened to be online as the news hit and the waves of sadness and celebration-of-his-life started to roll in then dominate my feed.  By morning it completely filled my entire feed.  I added my two cents and I hope his wife is comforted by the tons of stories that are full of fun and joy and courtesy.  He was the rakish devil type BUT you would never suspect it since he was just so understated – either that or his friends were just really and truly over the top (they are btw).  With any death one examines what you would do in that situation and as the deaths get closer in age, closer in geography, it is harder to ignore.  Someday it will be someone even closer and I’m not looking forward to that day.  Facebook is a blessing because I get to keep in contact with hundreds of people I wouldn’t see on a day-to-day basis but it also means I have 300x more chance for one of them to become sick and die.  Is it better to find out ages after or right away?

 

I know not knowing does not change a thing so I prefer to know right away. A tiny part of me worries about the people I’ve lost touch with over the years because even with the best of networking you can’t keep track of everyone.  Given the day of easter for me started by wondering what it would be like to lose a child and have them rise again and ended with me putting myself in the shoes of a woman who just lost a husband I am glad that today is the laundry and baking and bubbles of a regular Monday.  I hope yours is as good.