Monday July 11th
Good morning! I was so tired yesterday. I’m hoping that I have a bit more energy today.
Outside my window…….the back yard is mowed! Well, half of it. This is my chore and I’m terrible about getting it done. So it gets really awful and finally I can’t take it any more but my mower really can’t take it so I can only do half at a time. I would be more diligent if it was the front yard that people see, but…it’s not. I do have plans to make the back yard more habitable and I think that as those come together I will be more invested in keeping it neat and tidy as well.
I am thinking…….about our upcoming family vacation and what I need to do before we leave (this isn’t for a while, but six nieces and nephews will be there — I like to have things planned for us to do together).
I am thankful for……a fairly flexible work schedule.
From the kitchen…..I have hard boiled eggs cooling so that I can peel them and I am getting ready to prep some veggie burgers. I had great plans to do a lot of meal prep this weekend and then a couple of things happened: I was exhausted yesterday and I am completely out of chicken breast, which had me reevaluating my planned recipes. So instead I went through the freezer and pulled out some freezer meals and other things that have been languishing in the depths for a while. We’re not going to eat along a nice theme as I had originally hoped, but it will still be good food. And, best of all, I don’t really need to make any special trips to the store.
I am wearing…..pjs. I don’t like to change into work clothes until after I do my morning chores as I am prone to spills and messes.
I am creating…..not much.
I am going…….to work this afternoon, then ferrying a friend around for some errands and then stopping at Publix.
I am reading……..Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison. It’s an older but well-regarded survey of how and why people commit suicide. I also have a more recent book about depression checked out. These books are very, very interesting but not exactly light reading. (Still reading this — I only dip into them occasionally, which is why this is taking so long!)
I am hoping……that the temps cool enough that a nice long walk outside is comfortable this evening.
I am hearing…..birds in the backyard.
Around the house…….cats are lounging, Michael is at work and I’m slowly feeling like I can surmount this crazy amount of clutter just by taking it slowly and working on a small number or items at a time.
One of my favorite things……snuggling with my cats. I have two cats that really, really like cuddles and it is very sweet. The others are a bit more finicky or they prefer Michael. In general, my cats are some of my favorite things in this world and I am happy that I get to observe them in all their weird and wonderful glory everyday.
A few plans for the rest of the week…..the usual work schedule, some visitations for my volunteer work and maybe a trip out for ice cream. I also want to visit our “farmers” market — really it’s more of a wholesale market, not stuff direct from the fields — and see if I can get good looking peaches.
Here is a picture I am sharing…….our hibiscus are blooming and they’re so pretty. This is an older picture, but the same plant so the blooms are much the same.