I never could get a wireless signal yesterday so there was no new post.
I finish Dewey though. While it’s not the best book ever it is heartwarming. When I mentioned it before I had only just started reading. I figured I’d like anything about a library cat, if it’s got cats and books I’m sold, but then, get this, the story’s written by a single mother. And, while the focus is the cat her story is a strong back drop. She open about rasing a child alone, having health problems, and working. It’s an easy read (except for the sad part but we all know that cats don’t live forever), a book that can be picked up and read in a few minutes here and there, which makes it good for mothers with small children.
I miss reading several monster classics a year, I still manage to get one in now and then. It’s not that my tastes have changed, just that my life doesn’t leave room to sit with a book for hours and really focus on it. Most of my reading happens in chunks of a few minutes, often while sitting on the pot just because that’s the only time I have at home without kids crawling all over me. And sometimes even then they find me.
I have blisters on my hands from raking yesterday. We didn’t spend long outside, mostly we went out because PB missed his sandbox. He has the coolest sand box. Our landlord got him an old tractor tire. We put one tarp under it and use another held down with little tires to keep the sand in and the cats out. Yesterday he was so eager to get in there he managed to move 4 tires and a tarp all on his own. He made it look easy too, I was impressed that my little 30lb 3’3″ boy could do that. J loves her seat in the stroller where she can watch everything and sit with her blankie out of the wind. As soon as it gets really warm I’m going to start encouraging her to get down and play more though. We’ve started looking around town to find a new kiddy-pool to replace the one that died last year. PB thinks it’s already time to start swimming. We’ve had a few t-shirt days but the water out of the hose can’t be warmer than 35 degrees.
I measured both kids Saturday night. J (for the first time) stood up (mostly straight and still) and let me mark with a book where her head was. She’s 2’4″ standing, a little longer laying down but she doesn’t want anything to do with that now. The big pink ball’s really motivated her to walk. She take 5 or 6 steps on her own after it so long as she doesn’t think I’m watching. I have to resist clapping and cheering. If I do she looks at me like I’m a nutcase and refuses to go again untill I start doing something else.
I started the “spring cleaning”. When daylight saving’s time hits I dig out the summer clothes to be washed and make a space to put up the winter clothes as we no longer need them. I think I’ll keep my jacket out for a while but I went on and put the long johns in the box to store. When I step back and look at it my house could really use a top to bottom scrub everything week. It’ll never happen. There’s just to many things that are higher priority. When I do finally get a week’s vacation I won’t be spending it dusting and scrubbing. As it is I’m hard pressed to get a day off for the kid’s spring break. We’ll have company that week too. I’m going to try to get a day off in there to atleast visit a bit but I might have to settle for a half a day or getting to work at 4 every morning and leaving early. Ugh. I’ll make something work out, somehow. Hopefully grandma can take the kids part of that week. Or atleast J, PB might want to play with the boys but I know that she’d rather be out of the fray. They’re no the gentlest, quitest of boys and she’s easily scarred by big kids running around too close. I’m also hoping that it will be nice out so they can spend they’re time in the yard, my living room’s much to small to containt 3 active boys for long.