May your days be many and your troubles be few.
May all God's blessings descend upon you.
May peace be within you. May your heart be strong.
May you find what you are seeking wherever you roam.
~ Irish Blessing
It's May first. As I sit here and type, Xavier is practicing his banjo, Madelyn is upstairs napping and Jaxson is in the living room playing Legos. The goat is out eating grass in the freshly mowed front lawn while the chickens forage for bugs (hopefully they will eat up all the ticks!). Ruthie-the-dog is laying on the floor at my feet and the sun is trying to poke its rays out from behind some clouds (which is quite a joyous site as we have been having a lot of chilly, cloudy, rainy weather lately).
We are winding up our school year with less than two weeks to go (everyone, including this mama, is ready for a break!). Bikes are being ridden on nicer days as well as some jumping on the trampoline (that our neighbors so graciously let us use). It felt good to go out earlier this afternoon and get the front lawn mowed! The boys had told me earlier that they heard one of our neighbors mowing and when they went outside, they smelled that freshly cut grass and that it was wonderful! That is one of the joys of spring...the smells of fresh-cut grass, flowers and the like (although with the rain and chilly weather we have had...we are also getting the smell of worms around us lately!ha!).
I have had some different internal problems that may be from my gall bladder. I went to see my family doctor today and she sent me for blood work and tomorrow I have an ultrasound. I'm a little nervous to have surgery (although this won't be my first experience with surgery) but mostly I am bummed because if I *do* need the surgery to have my gall bladder removed, I won't be able to spin for 2 to 3 weeks! Oh well, if it is what needs done, then that is what I will do...I can't have any episodes like the past three I have had already. One of them was *really* bad...it occurred this past Sunday in the wee hours. The Lord knows what is best, always, so I know whatever happens is what is necessary. There is such a peace knowing that my life is in His hands. :)
I have been working on knitting like I mentioned in THIS post. Madelyn has been doing so as well. She knit up this dish cloth without a pattern (just out of her own head)...
I think she did such a nice job with it...although I am realizing, just now, that we took a photo of the wrong side. Oh well...you can still get the idea! :) I was impressed that she was just "winging" it!
I have also been *spring* cleaning. Well, just normal cleaning...but it *is* spring so I think I can rightly call it "spring cleaning". I have to admit, using Mrs. Meyer's products to clean makes it a *much* more enjoyable task! Using the geranium or lavender dish soap in hot, sudsy water makes washing dishes much less of a chore!
I love to buy things from them when they are on sale or offer free shipping!
My favorite scents from them are:
I recently found this basket for the back of the toilet. I love how it keeps things contained and tidy looking! (The "Outhouse Rules" picture above the toilet was a gift to me from Madelyn!)...
Isn't it funny how simple things (like a basket) can make you smile?
I am using this *fantastic* chicken wire basket to house some bathroom "reading" material ~ quite necessary for some members of this family! ;) I am always switching things up though...so it may find another home at some point...
The children love to pick flowers they find blooming and bring them in...