I was just about ready to make a promise to stop complaining about the heat. But then I went to Austin on Saturday and my car thermometer read 109°. My four girls were with me and when we got out of the car one of them wondered aloud if we stopped and stood there would we start to sizzle….like a hamburger patty on the grill. We didn’t stop to find out. Plus I started craving a burger, so we went to eat.
Besides the heat we had a nice day together. We went to a baby shower for my sister who is having what will likely be the last child of its generation in a couple of months. At my age I doubt I will have any more offspring. Although…I did make a tremendous discovery last week. I have been going along happily thinking that I was 47 years old. I have thought this for the past 8 months or so. Then I looked at a calendar and it occurred to me that I am only 46. Holy wrinkles Batman! I gained a WHOLE year. That is the best news I’ve had in a long time.
After the baby shower we poked around Austin for a little while then headed home. The best part of a day trip is the car conversation. We covered everything from weird medical conditions to whether it’s acceptable to drink a soft drink before 9AM. They all have an opinion and are not afraid to share it. I mostly just smile to myself and remember how little I knew when I was 17 but thought I knew it all.
Now I am the mom with that all-knowing, but annoying little grin that says, “Aren’t you cute to think you could have a mansion someday. I thought I could have a mansion too but I ended up in an old farmhouse in the country with an above ground pool and three showers that you can’t use all at once or there’s not enough hot water. And guess what….I can’t imagine wanting anything else!”
In addition to day trips I’ve been cranking out new things for our etsy shop. I’ve got a bunch of new items, but this one is my current favorite.
Yes, I have named it with one of my oh-so-clever names, “Monogrammed Cube Picture Stand.” I don’t know why the catalog companies haven’t called to hire me for my mad product naming skills. I painted it with Deco Art Designer Series and let me tell you, it goes on like a dream!
This little stand has been sitting on my coffee table all weekend making me smile. One side shows Noah and the other side shows Adam.
I’m going to have to make a few more or the other kids might think I am playing favorites. Or I could just remove Adam and Noah and stick in pictures of children we don’t know. Then no one would feel slighted.
This week I have almost no plans, which thrills me beyond words. I get to do school and straighten drawers, fold laundry and write blog posts.
You can be sure I will be doing it all from the comfort of my air-conditioned farmhouse, eating burgers and looking at pictures of other people’s children.