Recovery Mode

     We are all in recovery mode from the virus we’ve had.  No one feels quite 100%, but we’re all close.  My husband returned to work today after his normal days off, four of them this week, which is certainly a blessing.  It gave him plenty of time to rest and fight off the bug.  My boys are well on the road to recovery, too, but we have decided to wait until Monday to return to our normal homeschool routine.  I am blessed to know that we homeschool year around and so this additional week added to our Christmas break will not catch up with us later.

     The boys have not been idle, nor have they been “educationless”.  We’ve had some good relationship lessons, and they’ve both read.  Discipleship and parenting of our children are a 24/7 responsibility.  There are no sick days there. 

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     Will’s fish are all gone.  One committed suicide, and the others have all passed peacefully, one by one.  I have, quite purposely, not taken Will shopping for more fish.  The responsibility of keeping the aquarium has lost its lustre for him, and it was time to take a break.  There were tears this morning when I told him that his job for the day would be to disassemble, clean out and put away the aquarium and all of its “stuff”.  We had a long talk, remembering the temptation there has been to complain about the job of keeping it.  There would be, he soon found out, no negotiation on the matter today.  I told him we would talk about it again in February, but that today his job was before him.  At the end of things, I honestly think he was relieved that the weekly task of aquarium upkeep would no longer be required. 

     I’ve kept busy with the daily tasks, of course.  Most of the weekly tasks have been taken care of us, as well, working at things a little at a time as we’ve felt up to it.  We’ve even managed to accomplish a few of those once-a-month tasks as well.  In fact, today Aaron thoroughly vacuumed the couches and chairs in the living room and school room. 

      The days have been quite grey, with thick, low fog in the mornings and evenings and a higher fog throughout the day.  A few lights on during the day, perhaps a few candles burning, and the house feels warm and cozy and snug.  We live in a large county where there are certain days that we are not allowed to burn in our wood stove due to air quality issues.  We miss our wood stove sorely on those days!  Today, though was a burn day and we have enjoyed the warmth of the stove all day.  (The sunless skies are responsible for my dark and/or “flash” pictures today.) 

     I mentioned recently that when we put the Christmas decorations away that I did not put all of the usual things back where they were.  I’ve spent some time the last couple of days puttering about and putting a few things out, here and there, and finding the look I want for the next little while.  Do you putter?  There’s no rule written that says things need to be placed in your home, just once, and then left there forever.  Now, if you like things that way, then by all means, continue on.  I find, though, that when things stay in one place in my home for too long that I quit enjoying them, and almost don’t see them anymore.  I like to enjoy my home, and I like to enjoy caring for the things in my home.  That’s much easier for me when I change things about now and then.

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     The top of our gun safe has been a matter of continuing change.  Honestly, I’ve just not landed on the right arrangement to suit me, I guess.  The small collection of steins, all heirlooms or family keepsakes, seemed to me to be a good choice for the top of the safe, so up they went, along with a picture of William that we’ve always loved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     I’ve always arranged things on the sideboard next to the safe by setting them out, stretched across the entire length.  Today, after choosing just a few items linked by color and theme, I simply grouped them in one corner on the top of the sideboard.  The family picture, though several years old, is precious to me.  It is the last shot of our family with all of us and Memom (my beloved mother-in-love) together.

 

 

 

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     The chest in my entry way is where I keep the guest book.  (The guest book that I always forget to have my guests sign!)  Today I set out a series of four framed snapshots of my boys, taken by Dani.  At the end that adjoins my parlor, I placed the pretty Old Country Roses light that I received for my birthday, as a sort of segue into the parlor area.  I like this look, save for a couple of things.  Though the large, tatted doily is beautiful, and one of my favorite things, it might be time to put it away for a spell.  I also need one more framed shot to finish the line of pictures across the back of the chest.  I’ll have Dani find me a picture to print and frame and I’ll put the big doily in the chest, probably pulling out a smaller piece to place just under the light.

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     I arranged my Paul Cardew teapots on my mom’s stove, and changed out the pretty towels I hang from the handles of the stove.  My husband bought me these lovely towels, also Old Country Roses, for Christmas.  The old chest to the right of the stove was my grandmother’s.  As I tried to decide what to do there, it dawned on me……..this is my parlor.  The one room in the house where no rough housing is allowed.  It’s also the room where I keep my granddaughters’ tea set, the tea set that she almost always plays with.  That chest is just the right height for a sweet little tea table for both of my granddaughters! 

 

 

 

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     I began setting things up there with that thought in mind.  I’m happy with things, so far, but have a few things I want to add.  First, the crocheted doily, made by my husband’s grandmother, has to go.  Little fingers were get tangled in it, upsetting the tea service, and causing frustration for little ones.  I have a pretty, embroidered cloth, just the right size for that chest, that I will iron and put there instead.  I put a few pretty books into the painted coal bucket and will check my shelves for two or three more.  It will be fun to keep a fresh supply of “girl” books there!  One other needful thing, is to add a few “dress up” clothing articles…..pretty scarves, hats, that sort of thing. 

     I will also be on the look out for a sweet, feminine art print for the wall space between the display cabinet, which is hung higher on the wall, and the trunk.  No, you won’t see art hung that way in home decorating magazines, but this is a space being designed just for little girls.  Barbara Curtis has had several wonderful articles about exposing your children to art, and how to display that art in your home, that you should be sure to read.  If you’re interested start here and then use her search bar to look for more. 

 

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     One last thing I worked on today is to bring a small selection of games into our dining room.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile now.  It’s far too easy for me to say, “no”, when one of my boys, usually William, asks if I’ll play a game with him.  Why do I do that?  What on earth do I have to do that’s more important?  Usually?  Nothing! 

     Having the games on the cart, right in the dining room, will remind me (please, Lord) to say, “yes” more often.  It is my prayer that it will also encourage the boys to pull out a game to play together more often than asking to play a computer or video game.  Time on computer and video games is limited, but time spent playing regular games is not.  This is one of my goals for this year – to say “yes” more often to sitting down and playing a game with one or more of the children, and to encourage them to do the same.  I’ve a few more games I plan to purchase during the coming year, and I plan to rotate the games every now and then, too, to keep them fresh and new. 

     Tomorrow Dani and I will be in town for several hours taking care of the mega shop.  We have quite a few stops to make.  A couple of the stores we shop have sent out some great coupon books, and we’re looking forward to stocking up on some of our family’s basics.  (We’re not manufacturer’s coupon clippers, but I do love the coupon books that individual stores put out.)  In addition, it is bare root season in California, which means it is time to buy fruit trees and such for the orchard.  I have some money saved, less, I’ll admit, than I’d hoped to have by this time; but I am hoping to be able to stretch it tomorrow to buy just as many things on my list as I can.  Mega shop Fridays are always a long day, but the two of us have a good time together, and though we always come home tired, we are usually pleased with the results of our day’s work.

     I’ll pop in briefly Saturday morning to announce the winner of the drawing.  Be sure to leave a comment HERE before 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time tomorrow (Friday) if you’d like to enter.      

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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16 comments to Recovery Mode

  • Another lovely reflective post. I would love to hear more about some of your favorite games and some of the ones you still hope to purchase. I have some real game loving boys that I need to play with more.
    Thanks!

  • I LOVE the large doily in the entryway!! The new arrangements you have set up are all lovely. I truly adore the little area for your granddaughters. I will have to think about that some day soon!

    So glad you are all feeling better. Enjoy your day in town!

  • I LOVE the large doily in the entryway!! The new arrangements you have set up are all lovely. I truly adore the little area for your granddaughters. I will have to think about that some day soon!

    So glad you are all feeling better. Enjoy your day in town!

  • Glad to hear everyone is recovering.  Love the pics & especially love the doilies – I’m a doily fanatic, lol!!  I’m a putter too in fact I’ve been doing some puttering myself this week.  Enjoy your day.  God Bless ~Gretchen~

  • Sorry to hear you were all under the weather. We spent most of December
    with one or another having something or other. Stay warm and cozy and
    putter – oh I love that word!!! We actually cleaned the garage area
    yesterday, putting up a new shelf and getting rid of a few things. Felt
    great. DH said I should do that 2 or 3 times a year, so I can feel so
    accomplished. I think I would rather “maintain”!!

    Blessings my friend, Jean

  • Cheryl,

    When you mentioned a picture for the little girls, it reminded me of the following site:

    Jan Brett

    She has nearly 7000 pages of activities pages for little ones.  Her drawings – I think – are adorable! 

    Just thought you’d like to take a look.

    We LOVE fish at our house too, but decided with our last move, to put the aquarium away.  It is extra work, not HARD work, but more work, nonetheless.  I understand Will’s sadness…and his relief.

    Hope your weekend is productive and peaceful,
    Alesha

  • @Rain – I will certainly list which games we most enjoy and share any new ones we buy, as well.  Stay tuned!

    @tjsNana  @MotherHen1966 – – I am blessed to have, literally, dozens of tatted doilies in all shapes and sizes.  They were all my mom’s.  The one on the chest in the entry is the largest and one that my mom never used.  She new a woman in Missouri that tatted.  Mom would send her money every year with requests for certain sizes, etc., and then we’d pick them up in the summer when we were there visiting.  Perhaps the large doily will stay……..

    @hindsfeet11 – Jean – Yee haw, you go girl!!!!  It is fun having that sense of grand accomplishment after a big job; but I’m with you….maintenance is much more desirable.  Puttering…it’s a good thing!

    @ObtainingMercy – Thank you for reminding me about the Jan Brett site.  I had it bookmarked on my old laptop, the one that died a thousand deaths at the hands of multiple viruses, and do not yet have it bookmarked again.  Heading over there and book marking the site now!

  • hApPY bIRtHdAy, cHeRYl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I pray everyone is so well again. dave has a small fish tank and they are lots of work. Your home is very beautiful. I love to putter around and feather our nest.

    Please add Dave to your prayer list. They had to rush his dad to the hospital this morning . If he shows no signs of getting better they are going to remove all machines in 48 hours and let him pass away quietly.

    Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • @elizabethq – I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s Dad’s illness.  Praying!

  • So glad to hear you’re all recovering…and…that you struggle with the “game playing” issue as well.  Oh, my.  Me too…and it frustrates me.  Right now, I do have little ones (1 and 3) who don’t cooperate with game playing and they like to get into pieces.  But that aside, I say “no” far too often and I’ve been convicted about that.  Love your idea, of making a “reminder” shelf.  I might need to look at that option for my home as well.

    Lovely “tea” corner too, by the way.  Such a sweet welcome for the little girls.

    Keep recovering!  Blessings to you!

  • So glad to hear you’re all recovering…and…that you struggle with the “game playing” issue as well.  Oh, my.  Me too…and it frustrates me.  Right now, I do have little ones (1 and 3) who don’t cooperate with game playing and they like to get into pieces.  But that aside, I say “no” far too often and I’ve been convicted about that.  Love your idea, of making a “reminder” shelf.  I might need to look at that option for my home as well.

    Lovely “tea” corner too, by the way.  Such a sweet welcome for the little girls.

    Keep recovering!  Blessings to you!

  • Tatting?  Wow!  Hardly anyone tats anymore!  Those are a real treasure!  (even if they weren’t tatted )  I putter too.  Sometimes more than others.  I think there was a month where I changed the living room around 5 times, for some reason I just couldn’t find a look that suited me.  My poor husband about had a nervous breakdown, because he didn’t know what he would find when he came home!  On a much smaller scale though, I do have some snowmen I like to have out for winter, and then some bunnies and such for spring.  Around summer, I have my usual decorations which are really not any season, and then a few fall items for the fall.  And then, every so often, I just move stuff around like you did.  It is fun and refreshing!  Glad to hear you are all well!

    blessings

    Monique

  • Tatting?  Wow!  Hardly anyone tats anymore!  Those are a real treasure!  (even if they weren’t tatted )  I putter too.  Sometimes more than others.  I think there was a month where I changed the living room around 5 times, for some reason I just couldn’t find a look that suited me.  My poor husband about had a nervous breakdown, because he didn’t know what he would find when he came home!  On a much smaller scale though, I do have some snowmen I like to have out for winter, and then some bunnies and such for spring.  Around summer, I have my usual decorations which are really not any season, and then a few fall items for the fall.  And then, every so often, I just move stuff around like you did.  It is fun and refreshing!  Glad to hear you are all well!

    blessings

    Monique

  • Cheryl,
    I have a metal sign that is called “Sweet Sisters” in the girls’ room. It was advertising strawberry jam, and oh so nostalgic. It is very affordable as well. Perhaps it is a contender for the kitchen’s granddaughter area. I hope this link goes through.

    http://www.jackandfriends.com/store/customer/search.php?substring=sisters

    Blessings, Jean