Where did Monday go? I think I missed it somehow. In fact, I somehow missed the entire weekend because when I sat down this morning to recount the past few days I can remember nothing. Either it was so simple there’s nothing to remember or I blocked out something dramatic. Or option number 3….I’m old and my memory is shot.
Whichever excuse, I have nothing to share about the past few days.
With the end of October looming, I am doing some holiday prep. I don’t like these holidays that sneak up and are over before you can think, so I like to plan out some of the tasks early and get them out of the way. I made a few Christmas lists and Thanksgiving invites and I set the pumpkins out on the porch. Finally.
I bought 5 pumpkins about a month ago and they have been sitting in a pile at the edge of the porch ever since. I have so many ideas for what to do with them, but in the end I just plopped them on a bale of hay with some mums and called it a day. One of the pumpkins had already gone rotten, so I felt like it was becoming an urgent situation. I didn’t want the rot to cross over to the other pumpkins and ruin them all, so I spent about 10 minutes setting them around on the porch. I don’t foresee having any spare time in the next few weeks to decorate the porch more than this so I am settling for git-er-done over Pinterest-worthy. Story of my life.
I also got some mini pumpkins for the mantle, but it’s not looking hopeful that they will get put up there. It will only get done if I have a burst of creative energy at the same moment I have unexpected free time. In other words, not gonna happen. It’s OK, I can use the mini pumpkins for the Thanksgiving table decorations if they’re still sitting on the floor by the fireplace in another month.
The next few days are filled with being home and working on my next book while homeschooling the boys. I went to Costco and picked up easy meals (in other words, expensive) and told the boys to be prepared to do their own cooking and cleaning while I am wrapping up this manuscript. Frankly, they are thrilled since their meals consist of frozen pizza and pre-made burgers. I recommended they add a salad to their meal at least once a day, but the chances of that are slimmer than me making a Pinterest worthy fall mantle.
At least there will plenty of lettuce and greens for me to have all the brain food I need while writing.
We have worked out a schedule for the rest of the week where I am giving them lessons while I work. It involves them checking in with me every hour to let me know what they are doing and I can give instructions. I am writing each boy’s check-in down on a tablet next to me so I don’t forget which boy was supposed to be doing what and when. If I don’t write it down then 3 hours will go by and I will get up to stretch and wonder where the boys are. I won’t remember how long it’s been since they came to talk to me or what they were supposed to be doing. They are getting too smart to fall for that, “So…. what do YOU think you were supposed to be doing?! I mean, I know what it is, but do you?” routine.
Motherhood ain’t for the weak.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week with your family and get at least a few pumpkins to decorate with. Just set it in the middle of your table and enjoy!