Do you know what I mean? Doing the everyday maintenance of a home is time consuming and it does not look like anything was done.
Like the story that I heard once...of the husband that comes home after a long day at work and finds a huge mess in the front room. The toys are all over everywhere; a couple of sippy cups--all gooped over with stickiness--rest on a cushion. The children are coming out of their blanket fort which they constructed by putting ALL the chairs together in a circle, and covering them with every blanket in the house. [aren't those forts fun?] There are dishes on all the surfaces in the kitchen, the dishwasher is open and full of dirty dishes. A serving of Cheerios cling together, so as not to give up and sink, having absorbed all the milk they could. There is peanut butter on the door of the refrigerator and the jelly is globbed on the floor right below.
As he looks in dismay, he asks the children where Mom is; they say she is upstairs. He bounds up the stairs and trips--only slightly--on a basket of dirty laundry in the hallway. He sees several wet towels covering the floor of the bathroom and half a dozen yellow duckies ringing the drain of the tub. As he enters the master bedroom he sees his dear wife sitting on the rocking chair, still in her robe, and with her feet on the unmade bed, reading a book. He tries not to sound alarmed when he says, Honey, are you all right?
The wife lifts her eyes from the page and smiles...hi Honey, sure, I'm Ok. Why do you ask?
Well, he says, relieved, the house looks like a mess. What's happened?, what did you do today? Why aren't you dressed, or the children? Have you spent the day reading?
She smiles again at her sweet husband, and rises to hug him. I have not done anything at all today, but read and keep an ear on the children.
He is sort of upset by now, and wants to know WHY! She hugs him and says, Just wanted to let you see for yourself how much you need me.
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Alrighty. This is not a scenario I recommend, but as it takes all day to do one thing after another, one puts off the less demanding to the bottom of the list. Now, here I am at the bottom of the list.
This is one of the things I've accomplished this week.
I bought this 'partly knitted' sweater at a garage sale several years ago. It was in a bag, neatly tied and put away. Well, I found it again when I was digging for the linker. So, DH says, "Go ahead and finish it, so you can wear it" Of course, I must do what my DH says.
I had to take apart what was already made since it needed to be bigger (ahem!) I did not know if there would be enough yarn for a full cardigan, or if it would have to be a vest. But, hey, there was enough for a nice V-neck cardigan with an oz or so of yarn left over. I'll show you when it's all put together. Very fast knitting, it is all knit stitch except for the ribbings.
I will show you more pictures of the linker later. I have not forgotten. I took pictures of a granny square lap blanket that I made over 20 years ago, to duplicate one that my Dad's cousin had made for my Grandma. I have always loved it, but did not get it...so I made one--a replica, if you will. It is folded in four and rests at the foot of our bed, just like my Grandma's was. I took the picture in the early morning sunlight, and it's darkish. I'll take a better one and show you later.
This, little ball of yarn, I found also in my search for the linker. It is the left over of a sweater I knitted for #3, maybe 10 years ago. It was to go with her "jeans/dennim" skirt. She's asked me, a couple of weeks ago, if she could take 'that' sweater apart and make something for her children with the yarn. This yarn is very durable. I love wool that is made so well, that it can be remade into different things when the first use is outgrown. (the background is my knitting machine, and a couple of cones of yarn)
I will show you, in future posts, all the things that I found while 'digging' for my linker, thank you Susan, if you had not posted about your linker, who knows when I would have 'dug' for mine!
Today, we helped #4 and family move to their new-bigger-nicer-closer to work-apartment. It is so pretty, two stories, full of windows and lots of light! Actually, I did not do too much. The guys did all the work. I pretended to help by mopping the entry way. We are still covered with snow, and the men brought lots and lots of ice as they came in. The ice melted and made a slippery mess--so I mopped. Big job! woo!
DIL and her Mom made lasagna for lunch, double yum! Those guys were hungry! Does it surprise you that only one of them had salad?
I'll leave you with this:
"For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name." Amos 4:13
In His hands, ^__^