Every morning I begin my day as usual with my cup of coffee and my blog time. I catch up on my email, read the daily blog updates of my blogging friends, check local news and scan world news. It takes about an hour, but I am up before 6:30 and I am finished around 7:30am.
Then I head outside to my growing garden. It is growing in both size and in greenery. I check for weeds, look for new sprouts, and give the beds a hearty dose of water. The sun is just creeping over the trees and the school buses are rolling by. Dog walkers are out. Joggers give a wave. The neighborhood is coming alive and I am watching it happen.
The girls have been up early too. We cancelled our cable subscription. It seemed pointless to pay $100 a month for something we hardly ever use. Grace took this decision the hardest, since she has jump started her day with Stephanie Abrams on the Weather Channel for years and years. Now she is outside with me. She is making Gilly’s salad, changing his water, and refreshing the hay in his hutch. Lilah comes out and scoops his poop pellets into the stainless steel bucket and scoops him up to let him run around the area of our yard they carefully blocked off with old fencing. By 8:30 we have been outside for an hour.
I am watching my efforts come to life. I have constructed a bean trellis from old pieces of wood we had in our garage. I planted scarlett runner beans, peas, and two different kinds of bush beans. I planted marigolds, which I read are good companion plants. Lilah planted a bunch of calendula flowers. If you pop into my home unannounced, you will most likely find me reading about gardening, with my hair pulled back, and dirt caked in my fingernails. But I will be smiling. From ear to ear. For I am happy. Really, really happy. Content to my toes which may or may not be barefoot.
The girls are content too. We squeeze in CNN Student News at lunch. They do kitchen chemistry with their friends on playdates and are working on a Thames and Kronos solar system kit for fun. They took their first solo trip to Main Street with their hard earned money in their pocket (they have had a dog walking job for 2 years) and bought their Mama an iced latte! The have “farm chores”. We do math in the car and we are about to finish our latest audiobook, Pictures of Hollis Woods. Our previous book was Tuck Everlasting and before that, Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. We are watching the Amazing Race season 20 and we are spending quality time with friends, new and old. We are looking forward to visiting with their Grandparents who are traveling north from Tennessee. We are busy. A very good kind of busy.
That rut we were in, after our return from Tennessee, well, we dug our way out of it and found our groove again.