In My Home This Week:
We always call February the 'Sweet Month' in our family. With four birthdays and Valentines (and once upon a time three more birthdays of Grandparents), it seemed to be the month of perpetually eating something sweet. Our home seemed to always smell of sugar and butter in this month. These days, not so much and it's not just due to the change in diets. No it's as much to do with two of our birthday children being a great long distance away.
I sent Amie a package last week, wanting to make sure she received it in time. And she did. I got a very sweet message from her telling me that I'd 'made her cry'. Well then. That made me cry. What did I send her? A vintage replica Strawberry Shortcake doll that I found in the toy department at Target. A bag of her favorite candy, Lemon Sours (Sourheads). A handmade card that espoused our love of her. And a big envelope that was proved to be the tear worthy part of the gift. That envelope contained a variety of things I'd saved through her growing years: grade sheets, her first poem, class pictures, Girl Scout badges, a letter to Santa, the first picture she drew, handmade Christmas items from elementary years and a variety of other such things. You know, the stuff that Mamas save and cherish.
As I was clearing out the closet in our bedroom I had this big box full of stuff. And in that stuff was such things as I sent Amie. It occurred to me that if anything happened to me those things would go right to the trash and these children of mine would never understand how much I'd cherished those years behind us, how I'd smiled reading that two line poem of Amie's, or chuckled over a handmade Mother's Day card declaring me beautiful. So yes, I sent to her the stuff that a Mama keeps and I'm glad that she understood what it represented that I'd kept it all these years.
Yes, February here is a Sweet Month, indeed. Sweet with memories. Sweet with love.
...I plan meals:
Leftover Turkey and Dressing, Asparagus, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and Flat Brownies
Chili Mac, Green Salad, Corn Bread, Pineapple
John wants to go out
Creamed Turkey in Patty Shells, Peas with Mushrooms, Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
Sloppy Joes, Cream of Potato Soup, Clementines
...I plan work:
Mopping is on the agenda...
And a good cleaning up of the fridge.
I never did declutter in the living/dining/entry last week. Instead I worked in the guest room and kitchen areas. So this will remain on my list for this week.
Harvest Week, so Bills, Errands, Banking, Grocery Lists, Grocery Shopping.
...I have fun:
I didn't get into town any of the days the library was open. I hope to go in this week and get a new book or two to read.
I thought I'd take the remainder of my allowance portion and see if I can't visit a thrift store. I feel I want to go on a treasure hunt.
Catch up on Downton Abby. I missed it last week due to the Super Bowl party.