Well, this week is my first official week of summer vacation. I finally have a few hours in my house alone (we’ve had house guests for much of the past two weeks) and I’m in the midst of doing a power clean of our garage because we are getting a freezer (thanks to my in-laws, who gave it to us as a Christmas present, but we didn’t have space for it in December – we decided to take the jump and clean out for it while they were here this time and it is being delivered tomorrow). I’m almost done with grading for Spring 2015 and I’m already thinking about what I want to do Fall 2015. My DD gets out of school on Thursday at Noon. I’m trying to make my backyard look like something other than an empty lot that folks have used as a dumping ground. If this post does not make it obvious, I am trying really hard to catch up on things I’ve been putting off forever and then settle into summer in a better place – both literally and figuratively.
So, Tuesday Truths this week include:
An empty house is a gift. I love hosting people in my home. I love being able to visit, but still be in my own home. But, an empty house is a real gift. I get to watch what I want to watch on TV (mostly Hallmark Movies and Mysteries), clean when I want to clean, eat and drink what I want to when I want to, etc., etc. I realize that I need alone time as much as I need together time.
Summer laid out before me is both bliss and pressure. I love the start of summer. So much opportunity. But, that opportunity also presents pressure to make sure you don’t waste it. But, I also need down time. So, my attempt this summer will be to make both memories and time for relaxation. Right now, I’m trying to figure out how to give myself the gift of time while also giving my mom (who is in hospice) the gift of my time while also giving my DD the gift of my time. There is only so much time to go around, so I have to try to balance it.
Yards are nice, but a lot of work and cost. I love our backyard as a concept. It is big. Lots of open space. Not a lot of grass, but a nice little patio and a nice little plot of grass, then a really big area that used to be covered in bark with some nice plants interspersed. Our landlord provides yard service. But, we had a pool on the lawn for most of last summer and it killed the grass and it never really came back. Then we got a puppy who eats everything and takes stuffed animals out there and strews them about. We aren’t yard care people either, so there are leaves all over on the borders and the bark has decomposed and now its dirt and weeds. I just talked to the lawn guy and he basically said the lawn is dead and there is too much dog poop back there to deal with it.
I get what he means. We don’t have a regular schedule for picking up dog poop, which has to end. So, I’ll put that on my list of things to do each week. It is easy enough if you do it once a week, right before the trash pick up. So, I’ve got to put it on my routine chores and just do it. I’m going to get lawn seed and try to regrow the lawn where it is dead. They are weed eating for me in that area and I’ll get the leaves picked up that are piled up. I got string lights to hang back there and moved my bistro set from my front porch to the back patio and got the old BBQ out of the way (my husband got a smoker and basically uses only it now, so we had this big gas BBQ just taking up space on our small patio). It could be a great place to enjoy the shade (there is a big tree back there) in the summer months and I could set up some fun play things back there. Maybe a pop-up over in the non-shaded dirt/weed area and I’ve considered getting a plot of fake grass from Costco to put over there as a play place for my DD. So many ideas. Not enough money, energy or motivation. But, as I said above, summer is laid out before me and the possibilities are endless.
Those are my truths for today. It is almost time to go pick up my DD from school and I’m a bit sad as I’ve enjoyed the solitary couple of hours since my husband went to work. But, alas, I can’t be alone forever. The back lawn is cut down and they even weeded over in the open area. The garbage and recycling are both completely full to overflowing (my in-laws always produce a lot of garbage and recycling when visiting – its a mystery how it is so much more, but it is), so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to pick up the dog poop and leaves and pieces of toy strewn about by the puppy. But, hopefully the yard can be making a comeback by this weekend.