That is, you only experience each day one time for real, then from the moment it passes, that day can only be relived in your memory. That’s why it’s so important for me to write these days down, simple or uninteresting as they may seem. These days are fleeting, and the memory is even more so. I write this blog only partly for you, but mostly for me–so that I can know that things were accomplished and life has been lived.
I suppose now would be a good time to explain that one of our cars was stolen on January 1. Not just any one though. The good one. The reliable one. Not the one that needs a new transmission and radiator. Not the one that cannot go in reverse. No, that’s the one we have left now.
Without going into too much detail, we can suffice it to say that no one was physically harmed in the theft, and it was not stolen anywhere near our house. Things are slowly working themselves out between police reports and the insurance company. It will probably be awhile before we are a 2-car family again. But honestly, this is nothing new.
We’ve had so many car troubles over the years, and this is just another one of them. We are both taking it pretty well, just rolling with it, and making due. Once again though, God is providing so much support to us during this time.
Friends and family have expressed their willingness to help, and that came into play on Saturday when Legolas offered to drive me around town to run errands, one of which was going grocery shopping.
I am extremely grateful for her help in driving and carrying groceries and stopping at Starbucks so I could find a cup of wakefulness. God is definitely taking care of us.
By time we finished the errands, put all the groceries away, and relaxed a bit, it was time to start dinner for the kids. Fish fillets, ham and potato soup, and fruit were the fare because I was too exhausted to be any more elaborate than that.
Angel came over around 6:30, and she, Legolas, and I spent the rest of the evening watching the second season of BBC’s Sherlock. It was quite fun! Angel ended up spending the night because the weather was pretty wicked, and we didn’t want her parents to have to come out so late to pick her up.
Meanwhile, Heath had gone to a friend’s house to hang out while I had the girls over, but on his way home, the car (did I mention it’s also bad on snow and ice?) got stuck. He walked the four blocks back to his friend’s house and spent the night there so that they could help him free the car in the morning.
Yeah, that’s how we roll. :-/
Sunday, we obviously could not make it to church not only because of the roads but also the fact that we had no car to take us there. But it was nice to sleep in a little. Angel took off mid-morning, and we got some laundry started. My parents stopped by to visit the kids, and I contemplated whether or not I should start my weekend house cleaning.
As it turned out, I needed to do some website work, and that took a lot of the morning and some of the afternoon. My parents took the kids with them to run errands, so Heath and I were able to get some things done.
When everybody came back, I went out with them to Walmart, where I procured my 2014 calendar finally and a space heater to use in my office or the family room–wherever it is needed downstairs at the time. We also had dinner at a Chinese buffet where the kids practiced their skills at breaking into crab legs. That was pretty fun to watch!
I love going through the last year’s months as I transfer significant dates to the new calendar. It’s always a beautiful little trip down memory lane. Remembering things like…
…how Elraen was still living with us at the beginning of 2013, and Julie played her violin in front of an official school district orchestra judge…
…how we had all kinds of visitors and crazy things going on the first weekend of the CleanPlace Moot…
…how Julie ate ALL her dinner on June 27. XD
A couple days ago, I was reminded by one of my Inkaholics teens that were going to have a get together over winter break. In the midst of life’s chaos, I had totally forgotten. So we hastily scheduled a movie night for Sunday, and three of the kids came over at 6:00.
It was so great to see them again! I always seem to forget how much I miss them between our get togethers. It’s time to get another Ink group going ASAP. We started off by watching an episode of Sherlock because one of them had only seen the first two episodes.
And since I did NOT want to be the one responsible for exposing him to season 2, episode 1 (if you know the show, you know which one I mean), then we browsed Netflix for a suitable movie instead. Jack Reacher was somehow picked, and Jerri and I spent half the time mocking Tom Cruise. It was a blast.
Now it’s 1:00 AM again, and I have no idea where the weekend went. Tomorrow, we’ll be hitting Monday hard with a workout in the morning. Then some productivity will follow. Here’s hoping!