I’ve been taking advantage of not being pregnant this year by spending some time ruthlessly pruning and digging up large clumps of plants in the perennial garden. Our beds are about 8 years old at this point. I love the daylilies that came from my parents’ home, but…they’re taking over in many of the beds. I wish that I could say that I was able to pass the plants along or compost them, but unfortunately I haven’t found anyone to take them and our compost pile is very full right now.
I have also been digging up my daffodils and spreading the bulbs around the beds. Next year I hope that we will have daffodils everywhere. I love this anticipation of events to come!
We’re awaiting our Painted Lady Butterflies. By the end of last week, all the caterpillars had turned into chrysalises. We should see butterflies by the middle of this week.
Inside our House, I’ve been doing some thinking and organizing. Re-examining habits and where things are. For example, we put our 19 month old and 3 year old in the same bedroom over a month ago. But did I move the box holding all the pacifiers into that bedroom? Nooooo. It happened yesterday.
Here’s another example of a duh moment when it comes to habit. Every week I have to remember to take the library cards out of my desk planner for our library trip. Sometimes I bring the planner with me to reference my list of library books and sometimes I just bring the cards. I do the same with our membership card to a local arboretum. But, here’s the kicker: frequently I forget to bring the cards and have to come back home to get them. So, now they get to live permanently in my purse.
I ran across a clothing guidelines list yesterday which got me thinking about the chaos in the drawers in my children’s dressers. One of my biggest things is the number of socks. We have too many socks! No more. My new guideline is 7 pairs of socks. The rest will go in the clothing boxes in case the socks fall apart or get holes in them. I’m also going to weed out more clothes. I may add a few shirts and bottoms to the suggested number since I find that toddlers get their clothes wet and dirty very quickly.
For anyone interested, here are the guidelines:
- 6 sets of play clothes (can be more if between seasons)
- 10 pairs of underwear
- 7 pairs of socks
- a small assortment of tights for girls
- 2 warm sweatshirts
- 4-5 pairs of pj’s (I get by with 3-4 pairs)
- 1 pair of church pants (boys)
- 2 church shirts (boys)
- 3-5 church dresses (girls)
- a zip fleece jacket
- a snow coat
- church shoes, sneakers, water shoes (summer), snow boots
I’m adding on:
- a light jacket (sometimes this can do double-duty as a raincoat)
- puddle jumpers (for spring and fall)
- a raincoat
- 2 sets of hat and mittens (winter)
- snowpants (winter sledding)
Since this week is quiet (knock on wood), I hope to plant more seeds in the vegetable garden and to cook some freezer items in the kitchen. I’ll try to post the freezer ideas that I come up with.