It's raining today. I nice fall rain, the only bummer is Lu was supposed to go on a field trip to the pumpkin patch :( and J is out on the water in a canoe with her environmental class. Hopefully there won't be a freak tsunami.
We've been having some neighborhood drama. It's really different for me living here, I don't know why but this is the first place I've lived where I have known many, many neighbors quite well and where everyone is in each other's business. It's a bit Stepfordish. I was at the park yesterday and got quite an ear full about the middle school "gang" that has been roaming around wrecking havoc. It make me sad because these are nice kids really, but they are doing some destructive stuff and moms have called the police and are taking pictures of the kids doing wrong making a report of sorts. It could get ugly.
I have a list, I call it things I want to do/get for the house.
- clean the garage out
- put in shelves
- move shelf out of mud room
- put up pegs for coats and backpacks as well as a storage bench
- change lots of light bulbs out
- get overhead lighting for living room and music room
- finish painting my room
- paint living room wall
- get a nice sectional for living room
- get furniture for basement (we'll do that when we go to Ohio for Thanksgiving!)
- buy a vacuum for each floor
- make a "cleaning kit" for each floor
- buy more paint paint paint
- get shelves in basement closet
- eventually build built in book shelves in the basement
- refinish dresser and move it to basement for storage
- some day, in a land far far away, get a nice bedroom set (this is way low on the list and will probably never happen)
- get curtains for a few remaining rooms
- deck furniture
I wonder if we'll even finish the list before we move? I actually like it here, truthfully I have liked everywhere I have lived, but Big doesn't so much. Mostly I think it's job stress and busyness. I would like to live overseas some time. ...maybe that will be next. Or maybe not. We have no plans to move right now so maybe we'll be here a decade or longer. Who knows?
Who to vote for?? We are digging a huge hole and I am not sure how to get out of it. Signs of the times and really "hurry up!" is all I have to say. I am ready for peace.
Christmas shopping has begun. Slowly, I feel behind.
H cried and cried last night. The cause: her Halloween costume. She really wants something different than the thing we already got together for her and spent money on. She said it only cost $4 and she had to use old stuff for the rest so it doesn't count. She is a nice girl, and sweet and lovely but where does this sense of entitlement come from? this inability to be happy with what she has and this feeling that she is always slighted? She can never be happy because she is always looking at what others have and what she wants next. What's a mother to do?? I recognize the irony, this coming from the woman who just wrote "the list". This is the difference. I will be happy even if I never get any of that and a lot of it just costs my own labor. Madonna was right, we really are living in a material world and it's a huge trial to be born. I really wish I knew the right thing to do. We are so blessed, and have a nice home and we want to provide a nice life for our children but the balance of raising hardworking, grateful, contented people who are wise and good is hard to strike.
Looking forward to tonight's YW activity. We've been planning for awhile and I hope it will be powerful. Had to borrow alcohol from a neighbor for a clue I needed. Felt a little weird, but I promised to return it unopened. Love my neighbors.
The only bad thing is little is getting his wolf tonight and I won't be there. It really bugs me that we have so many things scheduled on the same night. really.
Sierra got 100% on her last paper (that I helped her with! ~I was so excited, I love "helping" with English homework!)
I wish I could solve every one's problems and that everyone would be happy all the time. Is that too much to ask?
Things to clean :) off I go...