Three days in a row at home.
Oh, it's a beautiful thing!
After two and a half months of working extra days every week, we made a trip to Illinois to visit parents. The next week was Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, and napping to ward off the impending illness. The next week was Christmas and all the fun of visitors and extra Services. The next week was the exhaustion of defeating the ice dams. The next week I expected to be driving to Illinois again and arranged all plans around that. But the trip was delayed by a day, so Gary traveled by himself.
While there, his mom passed away. He was blessed to have had the opportunity to talk to her, reminding her of her baptism and the forgiveness that Jesus bestows on her, and to thank her for all she did for him, especially bringing him to the Lord. He helped his dad with arrangements for a couple of days, came home for two days, and then we all turned around and traveled back for the funeral. I was very thankful that my brother drove over with my mom. (It gave my mom a chance to meet Mandy. That girl gets enthusiastic thumbs-up from everybody in the family! We thinks she's dandy!)
Paul started his new job in MinnesOta. I haven't heard yet how it's going. It's nice hours: full-time days, Monday through Friday.
Maggie and I have cleaned nearly the whole house this week. It's about time, given the neglect it's endured. We also finished (!) the laundry. Well, "finished" for a couple of hours.
I cooked a Real Meal four nights in a row. I was beginning to suspect I was no longer capable of real cooking. But oh, the deliciousness was delicious. Mmmm hhhmmmm.
I made two batches of soap this week. Of course, with curing time they won't be ready for use until end of summer. But hey, I've been putting off this task for over a year, so I'm pleased that I finally have some bars sitting and drying.
We still haven't succumbed to the germies floating about the city and the family. Between sick tummies and terrible colds, it's nasty out there. We're not exactly well, but we're still functioning. It probably helped that I slept in several days this week, skipping chapel.
Maggie has exercised every day for the last week. This is fantastic!
Andrew started his new semester this week. He's half-time at school and working as many hours as he can get.
It's amazing how little effort, time, and money it took to fix the shower-head that was spritzing water all over the bathroom walls and ceiling. Really? Why did it take me so long to make a repair that was so simple?
Next up: more proofreading for CCA, shampooing carpets, a visit to the Social Security office for Maggie, and seeing if the "Christmas cards" can make it in time to be valentines.