I’ve got a million things buzzing around in my brain these days, many of which never seem to make it to my blog. In some cases that’s probably good- I’d bore you to death! But there are some things you might be interested in. I’m waiting for the shade-cloth to arrive to finish off our patio cover, and then I’ll be able to show you pictures of that. I’m still trying to decide whether to stain those wicker chairs I thrifted last year. I also want to make cushions for them.
On my agenda for today– stain the pool deck. Years ago we found a used above-ground pool being sold by an older couple. We were set to pay their price but when we trundled over with the whole clan to pick it up, they insisted on selling it for less than their asking price, which means we got a really nice pool for $300. And they were delighted their pool went to folks who would use it. Sweet, sweet people!
John built a deck next to the pool, under a tree that we’ve so much enjoyed. It’s several years old now and has gone positively grey with age. You can kind of see the grey in this picture from a couple summers ago. Yesterday I borrowed my dad’s pressure washer, and one of our teenage boys spent an hour or two pressure-washing it. There was good wood under all that grey!! It looks just wonderful now. So today we’ll stain it and give it a clear coat, and it should be good for a few more years. I’ll show you some ‘after’ pictures of that soon too.
A few of you asked what I picked from my last Stitch Fix package. I went with the navy striped tank top and the houndstooth skirt. I’ve already worn the skirt three times–I just love it. Once I paired it with a black ruffly sleeveless blouse and a coral shrug, once with a pink t-shirt, and another time with a purple t-shirt.
I’m on the hunt for a pair of bright sandals or pumps at a thrift store– maybe pink or turquoise?– because I think it’d be fun to wear the skirt with a matching top and shoes. Also I’m keeping my eyes open for more bright solid color tanks and t-shirts, because they’re so useful for so many things. I try not to go too nuts over clothes, because I don’t want to spend too much. But I’ve had a lot of fun putting together my Pinterest Style and Loveliness board over the last year or so. You can click on the picture below if you want to see more.
This week I’m also thinking about how to arrange our summer schedule once school is done. (Some kids are days from done—-hooray!– and some still have another month to finish up their math books.) We always do better in the summer if we have at least a loose check-off list for each day, though in the summertime the time is much less structured. All of the teens will be working for other folks here and there during the week (yard work, painting, babysitting, mowing, etc) so we’ll need flex around all that coming and going. Here’s how I’m thinking that list will probably look this summer.
The Daily Five
- Garden 1 hour
- Read 1 hour
- Daily house clean-ups (30 min after lunch)
- 20 minutes of movement (walking, biking, running)
- Today’s Special 1 hour (before lunch)
Last summer we did a ‘daily thing’ that worked pretty well. It varied the activities during the week, kept math going just a bit so kids didn’t forget so much, and let us fit in a few things that we sometimes don’t get around to during the school year. This year I think it will look like this:
- Tuesday-Library/$1 Movie (alternate weeks)
- Thursday-Music/Swim Day
Some of the activities are tied to a time of day, and some are more up to the kids. I’ll probably let kids sleep til 10 if they want, and ask that they get everything done by dinnertime. We’ll see how it all works, and if that amount of structure is enough to keep things rolling around here.
I’m so much looking forward to a slower pace! May is always is SOOOO busy, and lately I’ve been scurrying around like a nutcase, sure I’m going to miss something important. Is your May crazy too? What are you looking forward to doing with your kids in the summer?