|Youngest SIL (cropped out) did the bulk of the cooking|
I did exploit the opportunity to utilize FIL to get a few more things done around the house, specifically:
- put together the 8" drill press
- finish attaching the hinges to the antique smoking table that will now become a night stand
- fixed leaky toilet in half bathroom
- installed window frame in bedroom
- installed a new gate fence
the last one was huge. Even though it was essentially just swapping out the old boards with new ones from a fence building kit, FIL was able to re-engineer the doorway so that it works better. I'm bummed that we had to reuse the old hardware though I suppose that is technically "being green." It did save me several hundred dollars of paying a handy man to do the same thing, which is good because I'm going to need that money for a new dryer. Every so many loads something causes the drum to come off the rails and make a sound like an ostrich being sodomized by a Dingo.
So if I was sporadic at posting here before, you can imagine how hard it is to write a meaningful content-filled post now that I have two germy projectile-barfing poopsacks to deal with when I get home.
Looking at the stats to the left, I have about 5 posts to go to meet my 2012 number (93) and then another 20 posts to match last year (113).
I was going to write a little more but I'm gonna add those thoughts to a different post and end with something a friend posted on her newsletter:
Sometimes we can get bogged down with daily life stressors that it can be difficult to take a moment to appreciate the wonderful people and things in our life. Here are a few exercises for the next 7 days, starting with today, that you can use to think about and show your gratitude.
Day 1: If you could re-live one day with someone in your life, what day would that be? If possible, share this memory with this person.
Day 2: When was someone close to you thoughtful? What did they do and why was it meaningful to you? Tell them.
Day 3: Name 3 things that you like about yourself.
Day 4: Do a random act of kindness today.
Day 5: Call someone you haven't talked to in awhile. Tell them why you appreciate that they are in your life.
Day 6: Think of something in your life that at first seemed a "negative," but ended up being a blessing in disguise.
Day 7: Happy Thanksgiving! Who or what are you MOST grateful for? Why?