It’s been a busy, dusty week…
“We’ll miss him,” I said as we watched his car roll off the driveway.
“Oh yes,” the girls agreed, “but there’s a good side to everything. We can have his old bedroom!”
So this week everyone sorted out their possessions, moved furniture and claimed new bedrooms. And in the process, a lot of dust was uncovered. This wouldn’t have been a big deal except for the fact all the girls are allergic to dust. So am I but I kept well out of the way. The girls had all the moving under control. Sometimes it’s good not to be needed.
This morning I took the girls shopping and bought them some new things for their rooms: quilt covers and soft mink blankets, and even a couple of rugs. They came home with grins on their faces. They stripped off all the old faded covers from their beds and made them up afresh with the new ones, and then stood back on their new brightly coloured rag rugs and grinned some more.
“Do you like your new rooms?” I asked.
Silly question: “Oh yes!”
I haven’t seen much of the girls since then. They’re still sitting in their rooms, looking around with big smiles on their faces. I haven’t seen my husband Andy either. He’s gone to the ‘resource recovery centre’ to get rid of bags and bags of rubbish. The girls did a lot of sorting out and pruning back before moving rooms.
I’ve been doing some pruning back too. I decided to cull our book collection. I wondered (just for a moment) if I was doing the right thing. Is there really such a thing as too many books? But then I threw caution to the wind, and started making huge piles of no-longer-wanted books. And in the process I found a few books I’d been wanting to read but had lost, such as The Burnt Stick. Oh this is such a heart breaking story. I know there’ll be a lump in my throat when I read it again. But sometimes lumps are worth it. I’m going to read it out loud to the girls… when we get a free moment.
Yes, there weren’t many free moments last week. It’s just as well, we didn’t have any ‘school work’ to do. I imagine if we’d had some of that to do, I’d be a dragon mother by now, yelling, “We’re behind schedule. It’s only the second week of term and you haven’t done half the things on my plan!”
My girls hate the words ‘school work: “School work sounds so boring. It sounds like something awful you have to do. Learning is very interesting. Why do people turn it into school work?”
Sophie isn’t interested in school work, but she is interested in website design, HTML codes and CSS or Cascading Style Sheets. (I just looked that up to see what those letters stand for!) She’s been doing a lot of research and experimenting. The other day when we were walking the dog (that’s a great time to chat) she said, “I’m so glad you’re my mother!”
“You are?” I replied, feeling all warm inside. “Why?”
“Because I don’t think there are many other mothers who’d let me set up an online shop.”
(I wasn’t expecting this answer.) “I suppose not!”
Yes, Sophie wants to have a blog design shop.
“Do you think it matters I’m only 13? Maybe no one will want to buy anything off me because they’ll think I’m too young to design anything good.”
“Just because you’re a child doesn’t mean you don’t know a lot. It doesn’t mean you can’t be good at something.”
It’s true. Contrary to what most people might believe children are very talented. Many of them know much more about some things than adults do.
So if you’re looking for a new header or blog button or blog background or even a whole new blog look, watch out! The very capable Techno Maid will be opening an online shop very soon. (She’ll also have some freebies!)
By the way, if you’d like to learn how to code, you could take a look at Codecademy. They have some excellent free lessons.
Now when we do get some free time, Gemma-Rose and I are going to make some notebooks using the covers of some of our discarded hard back books. We might upcycle some of the books into journals. Here’s a Bind a Book-Make a Journal Pinterest board full of ideas, just in case you’d like to make some books too.
I haven’t told you what the older girls have been doing: “Mum, we’ve learnt how to build a castle!”
“Yes, we watched a series called Secrets of a Castle. It’s the same people as the farm series. You put the link in the Evernote planning notebook.”
It seems my unplanning idea is working. My children are browsing my Evernote notebook of ideas. Electronic strewing works.
Well, it’s about time I got to work. I need to make my bedroom as clean and tidy as the girls’ rooms. I have some pruning back to do, some bags to fill, some dust to uncover, some sneezes to deal with… I could be gone quite some time…
So how was your week? Did you discover anything interesting? And what do you think? Can we ever have too many books?
|The Angels of Abbey Creek|
“…This reads like an updated 1950s Catholic story book and it will greatly appeal to those searching for a wholesome read-aloud for the whole family. Children will enjoy learning a bit about life in Australia in the process and parents, especially mothers, will relate to the challenges of raising a family. Things sometimes go wrong and there are some truly laugh out loud funny moments, but things always work out for the good in the end. This is a fun book, set in the present day, but reminiscent of a bygone era…”
The rest of the review can be found on Amazon.
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