|A wee tiny bubble of happiness.|
A friend blogger, Heidi, likes to write something about what she has gotten done each week, and she calls it Three Things Thursday, which I will also call this. Our family has been so busy lately and most weeks things are hectic with various appointments, the kids’ activities, etc. I’ve neglected ECDS and feel really bad about that, but you know, I’ve learned to accept that sometimes I’m just not going to be able to do everything I’d like to. It is what it is.
So, anyhow, these are my three things I’ve accomplished this week:
1. I found a link to a website that has recipes to make and freeze 14 meals at once to use in the crock pot at a later date. I knew instantly that this is something I want to try. I have a few friends who are way more organized than I am, and one in particular, Meg, has done this kind of thing and has always had tips on meal planning and similar stuff. You’d think that with my love of cooking and my The Magic Meal Fairy blog, I’d always be happy to be planning meals or cooking, but truthfully, there are times when I’m just tired or dealing with other things and it feels like planning out our meals and then making them seems like a burden. Seriously, that usually happens when I’m under stress from dealing with a lot at once.
But when I saw this link and looked at it, I got so excited to try it. Many of the meals have some of the same ingredients in them, so it makes it easier to be able to chop a boatload of certain ingredients and then portion them out into the right bags for the different recipes. I’m making out my shopping list and have planned the day to shop as next Tuesday, and the day to do all the prep work next Wednesday. Megan will be in her glory sitting across from me at the kitchen table chopping away. ;)
2. I washed all the floors! Whoopie! ;) If you knew about all the arthritis in my joints, and how I hate the heat and humidity because it just saps my energy and makes me sweat rivers…you’d understand that it’s hard to get myself to do it. And it always seems that so many other tasks are calling out to me, like the dishes, laundry, the cooking, etc. But when your feet are starting to stick to the floors, and sometimes a slipper or flip flop doesn’t move forward with your foot and is left behind you…you know sweeping and washing the floors has moved to the top of the list in priorities. ;) So I did it! I was so proud of myself, and as soon as I was done (about an hour and a half), I flipped my flip flops off and walked on the floors and they just felt so CLEAN!! It was such a good feeling.
3. We’ve been dealing with a neighbor situation for a long time, but this week it really came to the forefront as we dealt with an issue that was thrust into our laps by this “sweet” family. Without going into all the details, I’ll just say that they’ve been harassing us, our children mostly, and the thing they seem to delight in doing the most is just staring at us for long periods, giving us the finger (even the step dad does), and shouting obscenities at us.
Things came to a head this week, and we found one of our cars egged and the air let out of a tire. Not huge things really, but for months and months I’ve been telling the boys to just keep ignoring them, and this was more overt than the staring and all. While it’s annoying to go through these things, it did give us the opportunity to have discussions on turning the other cheek, to not repay evil for evil, and to keep on ignoring them. We told them that what this family is looking for is reactions and responses to their behavior, that’s the reward they want, so if we continue to not respond, they’ll eventually get bored. As friend Sarajane said, don’t feed them with reactions, starve them! So that’s what we’re doing. And hey, it might be working already: I don’t think any of them have flipped us the bird at all today. ;)