Two things happened that surprised me. I don't even have photos. Yikes.
One, I dressed for cutting wood, and as I was putting on head gear (to keep the wood chips out of my hair) Hubby said, "I going to go pick up R to help me cut wood."
"I don't want you to hurt your back today."
I was flabbergasted. I was dead set on helping as I always do. I smiled and told him I would go muck the coop.
As I walked into the kitchen, I explained to my 17 year-old what transpired and she said, "you can't go clean the coop, you'll hurt your back so I'll go do it."
I was flabbergasted a second time. She hates to help me muck the chicken coop.
So, having two of the most physical jobs taken off my list, I tackled the kitchen, and got the 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap refilled (and put back by help). I washed down a few more cupboards, and so forth, and prepared a hot lunch of home canned tomato soup and sandwiches for the help.
Right after that we took a ride to the grocery store on the motorcycle, but realize we forgot to pick up the dawn soap (ha ha!). I guess we were so excited to be able to stop work that early that we went out without the list. It was very short anyway. The motorcycle saves us on gas, and the ride is always welcoming to end a work day. It really is therapy for us.
I did not finish my to-do list from yesterday:
On my to-do list . . .
...in no particular order
~make a jar of homemade taco mix for Mom
~look one of my crochet patterns to share
~clean ashes from the stoves
(my Vet-Tech daughter put them up when I was sick and doesn't want to take them down. Imagine that. Hmpf.)
~crack a few walnuts
~file a few newly tried recipes
But for the most part, the most important chores were finished. However, my Vet-Tech, who put up the Christmas lights and took down the lights, left the cords laying outside. What is it with kids these days? And she left the ladder out.
The kids have kept up on the dishes and I've been a stickler on making sure they put things where they belong. I think they are getting frustrated with my reminders, but are much better (so far) and picking up after themselves. Mornings have been much happier - no dishes in the sink (or less of them), nothing on the table, towels drying where they should be etc. Now if could just get them to turn lights off.
Well, I'm off to start my day. Enjoy your day! The sun is about to rise. And today it's beautiful!