Friday, January 23, 2009

Week of a Wild "Ride"

We had over 125 oranges from our orange tree - incredibly sweet and juicy!!!! "H" is culturing seeds and planning for an orange grove in the back yard. After I have stopped laughing, I am thinking of the scent of all those orange blossoms in the spring - and there is a farmers' market downtown year round....hmmmmmm.....

The problem with oranges - they need to be sprayed - the birds will peck at them, then the injured skins darken - doesn't hurt the inside fruit, but the aesthetics are then gone - and I have yet to find out if a safe, organic spray exists. I will take my dark skin losses if not.


What an exhausting week. A neighbor had surgery so I watched the children - up at 5 a.m. after going to bed at midnight....however, the upside was that these kids are a pleasure - it was a flashback to the past as I loaded them in car seats, buckled, took my grandson to school, fixed meals, answered questions - I like to watch kids - pre adults in action! The smallest boy is art in action - what verbal skills and thought patterns. The little girl is incredible as well - I love to see her observations - she's an artist and gets them on paper. The older child, age 9, is incredibly well trained and sweet. Grandson, well, he's like no other....he's taken to wearing a top hat everywhere. Doesn't care what people think. That's cool - to a point. Depends.


Then - at 2 a.m. the next morning - arise - after taking grandson home and getting him to bed at other home - travel to Mobile for granddaughter's surgery. The rods are out of her back, she was up already, although in pain, but did not seem to have the shoulder dropping foward or her head tilting to the left. I so hope this is the answer to all the pain she had been living with. Now she needs to get caught up in school, but she's super smart, she can do it. Life, is constantly ever so interesting and often demanding.


Today I work on some "self-care" - "H" is off for four days so hopefully we can find some "us" care as well. A lack of that for years was part of the downhill road we traveled relationally for so long. Cats are demanding some cat care. Psycho is lying on my arm - no, its not love - he is enjoying the heat from the computer - but with his little pink toes and body warmth, he melts my heart too.


Have been given a gift of a TomTom - so will try to figure out how to use it! I had put one of those up there as a luxury like a diamond ring, or mega huge TV screen, or some other what I consider frivolous thing - a boob job - lol - for a long time I would not use a cell phone but then kids talked me into one - and I panic if I go out the door and don't have it - so do the kids - they lose track of an on-call babysitter - uhh - hhhhmmmm - perhaps I should pursue a nanny job - no, don't want loving kids to be part of a "job." Don't get me wrong, I love them. I just need to learn to balance it, my life, that is. Balance is the key to living life successfully I think.

On to the day...............


Candy Minx said...

Oh my goodness as usual you have a lot on the go!

I was trying to just process all the things you need to do.

I totally think you should pull the plug on a few of these demands. I think go have a bubble bath. Get a notebook, write some notes and sketches. And make a date with your hubby. Go to an inexpensive greasy spoon if thats all you can find or afford. make it some times soon. will be refreshed. You need to give your self some alone time, with candle light. Then in sketchbook...then with hubby.

Now thats an order!

hee hee


Wandering Coyote said...

I am so jealous of all your oranges! I wouldn't care about the skin colour, either, because I assume you'd still get the best juice ever! Do you have a juicer? And think of all the baking possibilities...Man...Can you preserve oranges, can them? Like you can with other fruits and veggies? I'm so excited for you!

Hope you have some great self-care time!

tweetey30 said...

Sounds like you have a plate full right now. But enjoy and take your life one day at a time.

tshsmom said...

LOL @ grandson's hat! Z wore a fedora everywhere at that age. Long live individuality!!

Gardenia said...

Ha, hubby had another babysitting job lined up - a two year old - I pulled the plug on that quickly - today looks like a quieter day - trying to pull the plug on an urge to drive to Mobile and see granddaughter - she won't get up and out of hospital bed because it hurt. Thanks for the push I needed to do all you suggest - - !!!