halfway through 4 days “off”

We have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time.  A has been on the road a lot the last few weeks, and she was ready to stay home and relax for 4 days.  I am always ready to stay home and relax for 4 days!

So what are we doing to relax?  Well, not much!  I had a sleep study Thursday night, followed by an early morning mammogram and bone density test.  I’m not saying middle age is a nuisance, but there sure are lots of “baseline” tests to get through! I had a few odds and ends to get for the big birthday bash Sunday, and still was home by 9 am. A was just getting going for the day.  I had grabbed the mail, which held wonderful large checks.  So we hopped in the car and drove back to Ellsworth to go to the bank.  Since we were there, we went to the “big” grocery store, two banks, a quick stop at the office, and the hardware store on the way home.  THEN I spent a hot hour sifting sand for that pool relocation project you know I have been working on FOREVER. Then we went to EBS for the stuff that wouldn’t fit in the car on the first trip, and then the little grocery store for all the things we had forgotten (starting with the list!) at the big store.

Friday was not relaxing.

Today had promise, I woke up at 4:30 but stayed in bed until 7. WOW, this could be a vacation… then I did some wash, headed upstairs and cleaned off the craft room table.  I have finally gotten the room so it functions, although I still have boxes of stuff to go through, they are neatly stowed.  Anyway, I cut out the test top half of Mom’s wedding outfit – got it all ready to go, and decided to keep going.  I was doing great, until I tried to pin in the sleeves.  Nothing lined up right.  I double checked the pattern, I did cut it out right and mark it where indicated.  The sleeves simply don’t fit the armholes.  Argh!  So I packed it up to take to Mom’s tomorrow, and see if my brilliant sister can help figure this out.

Then I went out and HOPEFULLY FINISHED sifting dirt and tamping it down for the pool.  I say hopefully because I am heartily sick of the project, and it is buggy out and I want to return the tamper tomorrow when we go to the party…and because I want to put that pool up – it is getting hotter and hotter. I am ready for it!  And the sieve is falling apart. I changed the bed and made a roasted potatoes and asparagus for supper.

While I was doing all of this, A was doing more laundry, dishes, working on a table she is building, and grilling the meat for supper.

Neither of us did much relaxing today.  And I still have raised beds to move so I can plant my veggies sometime before there is no point… so I am guessing Monday will be full of work, too.

The thing is, I find all of this work relaxing.  I love having time home to work on my projects. I think A does, too. I love having my craft room organized so I can just go sew for a while, or find some yarn to make more hats for Nest Maine (http://nestmaine.blogspot.com/) and I love being able to go outside and work until the bugs chase me in and being able to a million little puttering things. I think even the cat loves is too – she comes out with me and wanders off, looking relieved when I go looking for her and carry her back to where I am working. She also loves when I sit on the couch typing.  She is curled up next to me, snoozing, relaxing safely on the gray blanket.  The one that is supposed to be cat free…  🙂

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