I have some pictures to post, but I'm having trouble uploading them. It seems I'm having trouble with most everything nowadays. I'm SO TIRED.
The tile guys stayed so long this weekend that they are now part of the family. By the time Isidro and Luis left at nine-thirty (see, the three on my laptop is having trouble, too!) Sunday night, they had finished the counters in the kitchen and bathroom, and I had a sink again for the first time in three days. It wasn't until yesterday that we discovered they'd cut the hole too small for the cooktop, so it languishes there, cockeyed, on my beautiful counters. I thought about hooking it up, but figured the angle of it was probably a safety violation.
So we're going on a week without being able to cook. My old standby (pasta of any kind) is out, and we've OD'd on pizza and sandwiches. Dennis grilled burgers the other night, and we've had frozen, microwaved and toasted you-name-it. But when it boils down to it (I'm so good at puns, aren't I??), it's not so much about not being ABLE to cook as not having energy to find alternatives to cooking.
Perhaps not coincidentally, everyone's nerves are pretty much shot. I've been on the snippety side, and so has Dennis (yes, he admits it). It was a beautiful yesterday, which is a good thing, because I sent each and every kid (in turn) outside at some point to separate them.
Which is not what I was hoping for when I was dreaming about moving our family to the country.
(And at which, I suppose, God is having a good chuckle.).
The other day, Allie (14, and never one to keep her opinions to herself) said, "Mom, all you do is work on the house." She was right. I've let the overwhelming job that it is take over every moment of my day, and I need to find balance somehow. Libby (10) is seriously struggling right now with attitudes, and Annie (6) has had hives TWICE in the last few days.
So I am praying. The last thing I want to do is make my kids hate the idea of moving because Mom has turned into some kind of crazed maniac. You want me to move out to the country with HER?? NO WAY!
Right now, I think the most spiritual thing I can do to improve things is to plan meals. We have been grazing for two weeks now, and for us, this means more than the fact that we've been living on junk. Our family is used to sitting down together, most every night, and I think that is a huge reason we are out of sync with each other.
So tonight it's baked potatoes. Tomorrow night, I will force myself to face raw meat and will grill some chicken (I have to assume I won't have a stove). So that even though it is chaotic around here, and everything is changing around us, some things will always be the same.