Absolutely gorgeous picture.
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A love inspects the distorted promise.
I headed back to work today. They managed just fine without me, although I’m pretty sure that my co-worker, who had to take my place at Toddler Time, would have rather I had been there. Not that she doesn’t like kids, it’s just that it’s an exhausting hour and a half, and having it sprung on you without warning is not the best way to be ready for it. I think I need to bake her a thank you gift of some sort.
I seem to have caught a head cold somewhere. I don’t know if it’s the same thing that cause M.’s croup, and I don’t think it’s what H. had because my throat isn’t really sore, but I do also have quite a bit of contact with the public at work. Especially with children who, as we all know, are little tiny petri dishes just waiting to infect someone.
Tomorrow is the family party for H. and M.’s birthdays, which were both this month. My in-laws, my mom and some family friends will be here. I have work to do around the house, a cake to bake, and things to prepare. I also have a headache, possibly a slight fever and the attention span of a ferret. It’s not going well.
As for my cell phone, I use it as my alarm clock. I distinctly remember setting it last night to go off this morning for work. It has since vanished. I thought I put it in its usual spot on my nightstand, but it’s not there. I don’t remember it going off (which really means nothing since I turn it off in my sleep on occasion), and I tried calling it with no response. So that’s another thing I’ll have to hunt down today.
Or maybe instead, I’ll take a nap. Who needs a clean house, right?
- Spring’s welcoming hello. (famelessramblings.wordpress.com)
I thought we were safe. We’d made it through all of our (admittedly mild) winter without a single emergency room trip for M. No sickness, no hands slammed in windows, nothing. Then, two days into Spring, M. woke up at 1 in the morning with a bad case of croup. She was coughing and choking so hard she actually broke blood vessels in her cheeks, so now she looks like she has freckles, only she doesn’t.
The usual in and out of the steam and the cold(er) air outside didn’t help, but it rarely does with her, so off we went at 2. She had a vapor treatment, a nebulizer treatment and 2 doses of steroids since she threw up the first dose. We got home finally around 5 a.m. and she needed a snack because her stomach was now empty and she was hungry. I finally got her back in bed, and went to sleep myself for less than an hour before I had to drive S. to school, get H. out to her bus and then call work to say there was no way I could run “Toddler Time,” or drive there to do so, on this little sleep. My boss happens to be very understanding and not easily rattled, so she said not to worry, they’d figure out coverage and I should stay home.
Since my mom was coming to watch M. while I worked, she just came anyway so she’d be here when M. woke up so I could sleep for a more reasonable amount of time.
M. is doing ok now. She still sounds a little scratchy and coughs every once in a while, but she’s on steroids for 4 days and has her inhalers too. She’s just such a cheerful little thing. Even at the hospital, she just wants to be friendly and tell everyone things about her birthday, and her toys, and her brother and sister. She’s like a friendly little puppy.
How is your spring going?
Tomorrow is the first day of Spring, at least officially. We’ve had spring-like weather for the last couple of days, and I couldn’t be happier. The flowers are starting to come up. So far we have had a lot of leaves with no buds, but yesterday we noticed some miniature daffodils in bloom, as well as a large purply-pink flower of unknown variety (we did just move here last fall). Today some of the Pulmonaria started to grow buds.
I love going out each day to see what is coming up now. My rose-bush is budding, as are lots of other trees and plants in our yard. M. and I have been doing some gardening, mostly removing a covering of brown leaves from last fall, and I plan to get out my books and try to figure out what all the things in our flower beds and gardens actually are now that I can see them.
We’ll be planting a little on our own this year, but not too much because I want to see what’s already there before we make any major changes or additions. We do have a few veggies to plant, and some strawberries, sunflowers and tomatoes. And watermelon, if I know my girls. Otherwise, we’ll just be enjoying what we already have.
I hope you’re all getting out into the beautiful weather if you’re up here in the NorthEast! Do any of you have plans for this Spring?
I worked this morning, came home and ate, checked email (aka “screwed around online”), then jumped in. I was planning a 20/10 but it became a 45/15 instead. I went up to my older daughter H’s room, she of the birthday party with a bunch of 12-year-old girls tomorrow, which she had cleaned up this morning. She has a full-size keyboard (all 88 keys, a pedal, a bench, the works) that needed to go live on its stand instead of on her dusty, and often cat-infested, floor. So I did it. WITHOUT the directions, which she had apparently cleaned up and put away before leaving for the afternoon. It’s together, and it’s right.
Next, she had a table that she got for Christmas. It’s a night-stand size table and the sides are peace signs. We tried to put it together a month ago, but being fairly cheaply made the screws didn’t fit far enough through to actually be useful at holding things together, so I needed to find my box-o-screws (thank you Dad!) which took no time at all actually. What took so long was finding time to put the thing together. Today, I brought my screws up with my screwdriver set, and put that sucker together.
Then I rearranged her room a bit. It wasn’t in my job description, but to fit the keyboard in against a wall instead of the middle of the rug where it had been squatting, it was necessary. If she doesn’t like it, she can always move it back if she can figure out a better way (one that doesn’t involve putting the keyboard by the heaters).
Next, I’m on to either the library or a combination of that and M’s room, since most of the stuff that doesn’t belong in the library migrated there from M’s room. And by most I mean all. Updates later, if I’m still alive and not buried under a pile of stuffed animals.
- Organizing Plans (famelessramblings.wordpress.com)