Shoveling

Snow storm Izzy dropped about eight inches of snow on us Sunday afternoon and evening.

Mr. Aitch used the snowblower on most of the driveway and then we both shoveled what the snow plow left at the bottom of the driveway. It was heavy and compacted with a crusty layer on top.

Mr. Aitch commented to the neighbor across the street that he would hire her three kids (ages 12, 9, and 5) to shovel our snow in a year or two. Her comment was that they didn’t want to help her shovel their driveway. Um, excuse me? We didn’t have a choice when I was a kid as to whether or not we “wanted” to shovel snow. With only one shovel in our house all of us had to take turns clearing off the driveway and sidewalk.

Whether we wanted to or not.

Happy (belated) New Year!

2022 is only three days old and new enough to still wish everyone a happy start to the year.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and once again WordPress has changed a few things around on this end. If things don’t look right, I’ll do my best to fix them.

2020 and 2021 are behind us. Thank you, Lord! Let’s hope and pray that the pandemic porn and craziness in the world ends and we get back to normal living. You do your life and I’ll do mine.

This is a new year. So many people designate a “Word of the Year” and try to focus on that word for the next 365 days. I’ve not done that but if I had to pick a Word of the Year, it would be “light”. I want to lighten up my attitude, thoughts, surroundings, and body.

Spontaneity is light, overplanning is not. Looking forward is light, ruminating the past is not. Painting the cement block walls in the basement is light, leaving them as is, is not. Clean dust-free surfaces are light, clutter is not. Eating less and healthier is light, overindulging is not. Walking is light, being a couch potato is not.

Do you have a Word of the Year? If so, what is it? Do you consciously focus on it each day?

Patti

I’m bored

With many schools closed for a few weeks, children will get bored.  I know my grandchildren will be home for an unexpected vacation from schoolwork though some will have access to remote teaching, online classes or whatever the counties/school districts are calling it.  Not all children can think of something constructive to do with their newfound “free time.”

I’ve come up with some ideas for my grands when the “I’m bored” statements happen to escape their mouths.  None of these suggestions include looking at a screen and most of them can be done alone.

This list includes:

1. Paint nails or do nail art on your toes.  Acrylic paint will work for nail art as long as a clear coat of polish covers it.
2. Clean the top of your dresser.
3. Clean under your bed.
4. Make a bracelet.
5. Make your bed.
6. Write a note to someone you haven’t seen for a while.  Friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents.
7. Make a card…birthday, holiday, get well, thinking of you.
8. Practice a new language such as sign language or Spanish.
9. Walk 1,000 steps.
10. Do 30 jumping jacks.
11. Do 30 sit-ups.
12. Write in a dedicated notebook or journal about gratitude.
13. Relax with a cup of tea or hot chocolate.
14. Paint or draw a self-portrait.
15. Color a picture.
16. Write a book report about the last book you read.
17. Ride your bike/scooter.
18. Draw on the driveway with chalk.  Ask Mom or Dad first.
19. Pull weeds from a flower bed or garden plot.
20. Play hopscotch.
21. Jump rope 100 jumps.
22. Make a paper chain to count the days till an upcoming event: party, birthday, special trip, last day of school, vacation.
23. Clean your bathtub or bathroom sink area.
24. Learn how to sew a zipper pouch.
25. Knit a scarf, hat, mitts.
26. Work on a jigsaw puzzle.
27. Play a board game.
28. Build a Lego house or castle.
29. Learn a new origami figure or teach someone how to make one.
30. Measure something: the back porch, your bedroom, or any room or furniture in your house.

I’m sure you can think of other activities as well.  Do you have a game plan for “I’m bored?”