The kids are with my parents for a few days. The thing that
I’ve noticed the most about their absence has been the silence. The silence is
good for awhile, but I imagine I will begin to miss their noise soon. The one
thing I won’t miss is the sound of my own voice. I went almost the whole
morning and afternoon without having to use my voice and it was lovely.
With this time to myself I had imagined all kinds of scenarios
– mostly I thought I’d be laying in a raft in the pool listening to music,
reading on the couch and maybe browsing a bookstore and visiting a coffee shop
where I would sit quietly to myself and read or knit. But, I spent the day like
I do most other days when the kids are around – doing laundry and cooking and
baking. It was nice to do these things silently and without distractions. It
was a whole different experience all together. I got to have complete thoughts
and actually listen to lyrics of the songs that played in the kitchen. I got to
feel those lyrics and let them transport me like they used to when I didn’t
have kids running around.
This afternoon I went for a walk around the garden to
document the life and growing that is going on there. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen immersed in recipes
all while listening to the John Prine channel on Pandora.
I made pesto with basil from the garden with homemade pasta and peach cobbler with blackberries picked from our yard. So, even though I do miss the boys and the life that they
bring to the house, it was nice to remember that I do enjoy spending time
alone. I do enjoy the silence and meditative nature of being by myself.
We’ve been enjoying a vacation at home. It feels like a week
long weekend. Late mornings and yard work and as much fun as possible. We hope
to fit in some fishing and maybe some time at a water park at some point. For
now the boys are enjoying some extra time with daddy.
While we were working in
the yard Miles came up with the idea to use some piping and a hose to send
various objects from one end to other.
It was cloudy, rainy and humid all day. It was a nice change from the sunny days we've had recently. Sometimes I love when a thunderstorm rolls in and forces you inside. I finally got around to putting away the laundry I've been walking past and baked some oatmeal cookies.
With the garden's bounty beginning to make it to our dinner table, I spent a lot of time researching recipes. I found some great ones for zucchini on Salt and Chocolate that I plan on trying out.
The boys rowdy play seemed too much for these four walls. In between the rain we did manage some time around the pool for some play with their new motor boats.
I love Playmobile.
We had held strong with no air-conditioning up until this
week of 90 degree weather hit us. When we lived in the city among all of the
concrete and houses, air-conditioning was a necessity. Now that we live out
with more grass and trees and have a pool I was looking forward to a summer
with open windows. This week the humidity and 90 degree weather has held steady
and so we shut our windows and found solace in the air. The upstairs where the
boys’ bedrooms are is still very hot and so we’ve had a camp-out in our room
this week. I came to bed one night and found them cuddled up together. Later in the day they went outside for a concert but were
unsuccessful at luring any of the neighbors over because everyone has their
windows shut and air on too.
I’ve been enjoying going out to the garden to pick a salad and
then cutting some flowers while I’m out there.
We’ve been enjoying zucchini,
squash, lettuce, arugula, onions, potatoes and radishes so far. Check out this flower from the garden. Not a good cutting
flower but pretty cool nonetheless. Not sure what it is…
Tim celebrated a birthday earlier this week and for the second year in a row requested the lemon cake with yogurt found in this book. It is moist and delicious and I don't feel bad serving it to my kids the next day for breakfast and myself with a big cup of coffee. Happy Birthday Tim!