- gone over Lil's school work with her and practiced tracing W's and X's
- filled a watering can for Lil and helped her water the marigolds
- checked on the other flower beds and scoped out the phlox to make sure it was okay--doin' the rounds if you will (I learned it from Lissie)
- introduced Lil to "magic" peat pots that grow when you add water
- planted two varieties of tomatoes, two varieties of basil, cilantro and parsley in those pots and
- planted four varieties of sunflowers in those pots
- took both mini-greenhouses up to the studio where it is warm warm warm and sunny sunny sunny
- mixed dirt and water in a mixing bowl with a spoon with Lil's help and then planted basil, chives and parsley in a cute little galvanized pot
- cleaned, swept and mopped the kitchen (white vinegar and water--stinky but effective) while Lil shook the area rugs outside
- got Lil going on the playroom while I vacuumed the entire house (including bathrooms and stairs)
- supervised playroom cleaning and disciplined a rather recalcitrant child ("Which would you rather do, clean up the cards or put the squishy set away?" "Okay, what would you like to do next?")
- made dinner
- cleaned the kitchen (again)
- gotten Lil ready for bed (is "gotten" not the oddest word?) including jams, teeth and story read
- done a load of laundry
I remember when I was a child, thinking (and even voicing on more than one occasion), "Mom had kids so she could have slave labor!" Ha! Kids make more work and require more time and energy than the slave labor would be worth. Sorry, Mom. I bring this up because I have once more sat down and created a weekly chore chart--something Lissie used to do with Jessie and me. We each had a chore for every week day and were expected to not only do it, but do it correctly. ;o)
We would get off the bus, dash inside and change clothes and then get to work on our chores. When (and only when) they were finished could we dash off to play outside. Homework was done after dinner during study hour. Jeeze Liss was some sort of genius and I didn't realize it until I was an adult (I was too busy being an obnoxious, peevish kid to get it before). ;o)
Anyhow, without further ado, here is my chore list:
Monday: cook, clean kitchen (to include sweeping, putting away dishes, etc.), clean bathrooms, straighten my bedroom, help Lil with her room
Tuesday: cook, clean kitchen, bedrooms, vacuum, empty recycling and take to curb
Wednesday: cook, clean kitchen, bedrooms, laundry
Thursday: cook, clean kitchen, bedrooms, dusting, empty waste baskets, take trash out to curb
Friday: Dinner with Nana and Pop, menu planning
Saturday: laundry, grocery shopping, any necessary yard work
Sunday: any necessary yard work
The idea is to do this and stay caught up. I'm also planning on inserting my afternoon flower tending in there as well. I wonder how long I'll keep it up...
For me, the big trick is to not even think of looking at my computer until Lil is in bed. No way, no how. Laptops are such a convenience and are so easy to access I find I can be on it practically any time I like. I wasn't this addicted to my computer when I was using a desktop machine and I'm trying very hard to go back to those days. It's hard, as I've discovered I have a slightly addictive personality (HA! Big fat understatement there) and I feel so disconnected if I'm NOT on the computer. Hm, sign of a problem per chance? I don't want Lil to see me with my nose continually stuck in a machine so I'm going to try try try to not be on when she is up. Try being the operative word here. I'm terrible about doing those things which I know I should be doing so I'm really working on the willpower here.
Ultimately, I'm doing nothing but wasting time when I'm on the computer in the afternoon and evenings. I'm doing NOTHING meaningful and it's a shame. I mean, look at all I accomplished this evening in those four hours. Pretty amazing use of time, no? :o)
1. The plants are looking great and Lil is having so much fun watering them (with supervision only, mind you--no drowning the plants!) and tending them. :o)
2. Spring glorious spring! The sun is so so lovely. I'm truly meant to live in a place with four seasons. You appreciate them more when you don't have them for a while (0kay, I could probably do without the summers here, but then again, they make me appreciate autumn so much more--hm).
3. The kids are really holding up well to the standardized testing grind, bless their hearts. We have three more days of it, poor babies. We go from about 8:30 to almost 11:00 tomorrow. Yikers!
4. Swiss Family Robinson, the Disney version. Oh how I LOVE that movie! We're showing it to the kids as a reward for their efforts during testing and they are all really enjoying it. They don't make movies like that for kids these days. Anyhow, I was ready to move to some remote tropical isle, have someone (Fritz per chance? ;oP) build me a gorgeous tree house and live happily ever after. Ahhhh. ;o)
5. My "Beat Around the Bushel" Beanswax candle from Yankee smells so delicious. Best of all, I got it for 50% off!
6. Good friends.
7. A husband who tolerates me in all my grumpiest, nastiest moods. Thank you, Sweetie. I know I was a pill this evening and you somehow manage to love me anyway. You are amazing. :o)
Well, folks, my yearly evaluation is tomorrow and I'm a sheer and utter wreck. I HATE them, I simply HATE them. I hate the thought that my best just isn't good enough and that I'm letting people down. Why do I always expect the worst? I'm a good teacher, darn it, why am I so worried???
It'll all be over by 12:30 tomorrow. Wish me luck! :o)