Since last we met, I have done what seems like endless loads of dishes and laundry. I've started deep cleaning my house one room at a time, top to bottom. Light fixtures, woodwork, windows. I prefer this method to a marathon clean which I can't ever seem to find the time for.
My kitchen continues to get a workout but happily the grill is getting used more now that the weather is turning. We had our first dinner with friends on the back porch which is a sure sign of spring. I'm going to try to forget that it snowed days later. I made a new favorite cookie, Gooey Butter Cookies which are very similar to some that are sold at a bakery on Main Street. There is some argument about whether they should be eaten cold or room temperature. I say refrigerate them initially but then serve them room temp. My better half who likes his candy bars frozen, prefers them straight out of the fridge please!
I've been doing a little porch fluffing and I'm gearing up to finally paint the floor and then I think we're ready to sit back and enjoy spring and summer and all of last year's hard work. The emotional and physical scars are almost completely healed now. Our checking account has finally recovered as well. I'm sure there will be a few small projects in our future but I'm feeling pretty content with life just as it is.
Things are good here. I'm enjoying the quiet while I can and trying not to get overwhelmed when I look at the calendar for the next several months. I find it best just to focus on today as much as possible. I'm feeling very grateful these days. For my Sweet Man, my girls, this home, this town, our friends. I'm so excited that our little Village is warming up and coming back to life. I can't believe we've been in this house for 4 years already but at the same time it's hard to imagine myself any other place in the world. My guy gets recruited for new jobs on a regular basis but neither of us can imagine leaving this place. As he so eloquently put it, it's our death house. ;) I told you he was good with words!
We are on spring break this week. We have no exciting travel plans as we are saving ourselves for a week at the beach this summer. We are instead staying close to home and finding adventure nearby, but then also, finding the quiet which suits my mood lately. I'm off to spend some quality time in the garden. Hope you find time for whatever gives you joy today.