If We Were Having Coffee on a Rainy Day …

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This post is part of a link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster

If we were having coffee on a rainy day at the end of May, we would be moaning about this weather. It seems like every time I prepare for a big storm, we get nothing, or just a little rain at the most. But then today it’s going to be raining all day.

“What are you doing today?” you’d ask.

I’m participating in the local NAMI Walk, I’d answer. I had hoped to get a big group of walkers, but nobody seems interested in joining us. So it’s going to be my family and one or two other people. We’ll see how my kids do on a 5k walk. I have to be there early, though, to display literature for my CHADD group, so I have to wake them up here in a little bit.

My week has been a little bit crazy. I found out we get to keep our grant, so now I am thrown into planning a full-day seminar with the money. I hope we get a much better turnout for that than we do for the walk! Of course I got word of this on my kids’ last day of school, so I won’t be able to do the work I need to do while they are in school. And I’m afraid teachers won’t get as much advance notice as I was hoping. But I’ve been lining up volunteers so I won’t have to do the whole thing myself. I will have to coordinate it, though!

As I said, it was the kids’ last week of school. Sort of an awkward week, since Monday was a holiday and Thursday was the last day. I am trying to plan our summer, although by Friday noon I was contemplating sleep-away camp for them all summer.

Can you even find sleep-away camp for a four-year-old? Cassatt had his fourth birthday on Tuesday, so we spent the day at Library Storytime and at the Children’s museum. By far his favorite gift was a big box of Tinker Toys that I found at a garage sale, which I keep finding on the floor. I hope they don’t disappear too quickly, since I have no qualms about throwing away pieces that collect in the dustpan.

Well, I think it’s time for me to get ready for the Walk, and wake my family. I’d love to hear what’s going on with you this week. Have a great week!

Last Minute Monday Goals–Week of May 25

My goals were moderately successful last week. I had a minor work crisis early in the week, and that superseded my goals and took some of the time I had allocated.  More

If We Were Having Coffee Before Summer Break

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This post is part of a link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster

If we were having coffee, I’d be drinking my regular drip coffee today. We have some tea I can offer you, but no fancy drinks here. I am happy to have coffee again–we were out for a few days and I didn’t get to the grocery store. That made for a pretty rough week! If you would like, we have some fresh mint tea I can make. Let’s go out to the garden and pick some.

I’m still really excited about my garden this year. I have put a lot into it! Hubby is dreading all the tomatoes, I’m sure, but I am looking forward to making some sauces. I’m going to try my hand at chili sauce this year. Picasso is a huge chili fan and I’m sure he would eat it every day if I let him. If the garden produces as well as my lettuce has this year, we’re going to have lots of food in our pantry and freezer.

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I didn’t plant the mint this year–it came up on its own after last year. But it is really nice to have. I made asparagus-mint risotto with it this week, and have had mint tea.

My only complaint about the house right now is the one flower bed in front. I need to re-do it, but it has daffodils in it. I am waiting until the leaves die before I dig into that garden, because I love daffodils and want them to come back. Last year the lawn guys trimmed the leaves of our irises, and so we didn’t have any iris flowers this year. I was quite disappointed about that. So I am leaving that bed until the daffodils get enough sunlight to last through the winter. Maybe I’ll put some irises in it–they need to be divided. We took out the rose bushes that were getting scraggly, so the bed needs something taller now.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had done some writing this week. The only thing I posted was a short piece about a tour guide at Victoria Falls. I loved doing the research for that; the pictures of the falls are beautiful! I can only imagine how magnificent it looks in person. I did some other writing, too, which I don’t always do.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’m both excited about and dreading summer break. The boys have a week of school left–but Monday is a holiday, so that week is cut down to one day of school for Cassatt. I look forward to him being in school four days next year, even though pick-up will take a substantial chunk of time every day. I am trying to plan activities to structure our days. There are only a few weeks before we leave for vacation, so I really need to plan that too.  We are really looking forward to our trip to New Mexico to visit Oma and Grandpa, though!

My coffee is almost gone, and I need to get ready for the day. We are planning to go to the Magic House to play in the sand today. They bring the beach to St. Louis every summer, since so many people here can’t get to the beach. It’s a fun thing for kids.

What do you have planned for this coming week?

Garden Update–May 21

So I posted garden pics last week, and it’s growing!

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This is the planter I did with my MOPS group. It’s really grown out!

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These are the flowers on the other side of the doorway.

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I’m really proud of how this bed in front turned out.

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This is the side bed I planted. Last week we planted some sunflower seeds on the north side (left side). They’re starting to sprout, but you can’t see that in the picture.

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Here is the raised bed. The lettuce is really doing well now, the cool weather is helping it out. My tomatoes aren’t so happy with the weather though.

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Here’s just a corner of the bed. You can see lettuce, tomatoes, mint, spicy pepper. We planted sunflower seeds here, too.

Goals–Week of May 18

My goal post was so successful last week, I’m going to try it again this week.

I’ve had more time to think about my goals for this week, so I have a longer list. Single Mother Ahoy has a goals linkup again, so I can help keep others accountable too. So here are my goals for this week:

  • Go to the gym 3 times (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Spend 20 minutes weeding the garden
  • Clean up the living room
  • Finish putting stickers on CHADD brochures
  • Cut down my e-mail inbox from 1896 to 1000
  • Write for 30 minutes 3 times
  • Flash Fiction
  • Post a Garden Update

What are your goals for this week?

If We Were Having Coffee before Garage Sales

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This post is part of a link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster

If we were having coffee today, we would most certainly be having it inside. We may be meeting at a local coffee shop and have something other than the regular drip coffee, and enjoying the variety of pastries they have as well. I think I’ll have a muffin with a crumb topping today.

You’ll notice my page looks different today and is on a WordPress site instead of my own domain. My domain hosting contract expired, and it wasn’t worth it to me to renew it. I don’t update it enough, and it hardly gets any traffic. I’m going to get it on SeasonOfMotherhood.com, but it will still be hosted by WordPress. Unfortunately, this means I will lose the appearance I had worked so hard on and have to use a WordPress theme.

I have a busy day scheduled. This morning I am going to garage sales to look for more canning jars. They cost nearly $1 each new, so I am going to try to find them cheaper. I will be putting up lots of tomatoes and pickles this summer!

We have a MOPS end-of-year picnic scheduled. Hopefully the rain will stay away so the picnic won’t be cancelled.

We have book club this afternoon. We read Looking for Alaska by John Green. I actually finished the book yesterday; I think this is the first time I actually finished the book before we meet. It is a JA novel, so it was a faster read. I think it helps that I read it at the gym, too.

I have been doing more writing this week too. I have started writing it as a book instead of a series of flash fiction. It was always intended to be a book, but I needed to explore before I wrote it as a book. But now, I have documents titled Chapter 1, 2, etc. and I am starting to put the story in chronological order. I’ll let you read it when it’s finished in about 5 years.

How has your week been? Are you enjoying the storms like we have been? (My garden certainly is!) I finally put up pictures of my garden, and hope to update regularly over the summer.

With that, I should probably get going. I want to get to the garage sales early, before the good things are gone!

May 11 Goals Update

I set goals this week, and they have been very successful. It really helps to write them down! When I put them down, I put them on my calendar as well, so I had time mapped out beforehand to work on them. That made more of a difference, than anything, I think.

My goals were:

  • Go to the gym 3 times (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) — done
  • Spend 20 minutes weeding the garden — done
  • Clean up the living room — not completely done, but I did work on it
  • Start preparing for the NAMI walk on May 30 — I sent out e-mails and posted information. I also received brochures from CHADD to display at the walk, and I started putting labels for our local group on the brochures.
  • Cut down my e-mail inbox from 2953 to 2700 (I should probably get better at deleting junk e-mail …) — as of this morning, I have 1895 e-mails in my inbox.

Thanks to  singlemotherahoy for posting the goals prompt! I hope to do it again next week!

Garden Update

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This is the side garden I dug up and planted this year. It has cucumber, oregano, a tomato, cilantro, rosemary and oregano. Eventually, I plan to have several of these plots, separated by a little mulch walkway, along the side of the house.

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This is the raised bed. Hubby built it several years ago and it is on it’s last leg. Right now it has tomatoes, lettuce, and spinach. And a few marigolds.

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This is the flower pot I planted with my MOPS group.

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Here is the other flower pot I just planted.

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Goals — Week of May 11

So I stumbled on a linkup of weekly goals, and I’m going to try this for now! When is better to think about weekly goals than Monday morning? So here are my goals for this week:

  • Go to the gym 3 times (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Spend 20 minutes weeding the garden
  • Clean up the living room
  • Start preparing for the NAMI walk on May 30
  • Cut down my e-mail inbox from 2953 to 2700 (I should probably get better at deleting junk e-mail …)

What are your goals for this week?

If We Were Having Coffee in the Dirt

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This post is part of a link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster

Welcome! Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer). It’s raining, so we’re not actually having coffee outside in the garden, but it’s nice and cozy inside. If you can handle some little boy chaos, that is.

If we were having coffee, we’d be talking about my garden again today. I hope you’re not getting tired of hearing about it. I dug up a square out of the tiny side lawn this week. Then this morning I went to the hardware store and got soil to put down and some vegetables and herbs–cucumber, okra, tomato, rosemary, oregano, and cilantro. I then spent the morning digging it up and mixing in soil, but then I got to plant everything! I would show you a picture, but it started raining right as I finished, so I haven’t taken one yet.

If we were having coffee I would tell you we had a productive CHADD meeting this week. The tables were full; there were more people there than there had been for a long time! We had a professional organizer speak on procrastination, which was a very popular topic. Our meeting ran long, and I think most people were happy about that.

Speaking of CHADD, someone contacted me about speaking about how ADHD affects women. She is a great speaker; I got to see her talk at the conference last November. So I am both excited and a little nervous, because now it looks like I will have two events to plan for the fall.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you how your weather is and how you are getting ready for summer/winter in your part of the world. I can’t believe my sons have only 3 more weeks of school this year! I need to plan for the summer, but I just keep procrastinating on it …

Well, I need to go; I have housework I need to get to this afternoon. I hope you have enjoyed your coffee. I’ll send you home with a big bowl of fresh lettuce. It is growing like crazy, especially in this rain, and my family is getting tired of eating it!

Until next week,

Sarah

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