Photo: It only took a year, but here we are: flowerboxes filled with gorgeous flowers! Don’t ask me the names. Well… I know there are Marigolds, but then we call the yellow ones Pom Poms and the purple ones “the purple ones” because there was no label on them! Anyway, I’m very pleased.
Thank you for your understanding on Monday. I have been enjoying my time with my sister, who has been such a big help with the boys and has been insistent on my sitting down and relaxing. Southern as I am, I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I had a beer before noon yesterday!
Ok…only slightly embarrassed… it was sorta delicious. 🙂
Anyway, this is what I needed. It has been enriching and encouraging to hear a familiar voice, have a common language, engage and play within a common context and, of course, spoil my little sis with good food that we both love. She demanded ribs on Monday (With my new favorite BBQ Sauce. My sister saw this in the grocery store and was like, you need this. She is starting to turn into that Texan who only wants Texas stuff. Shhh, don’t tell her I called her a Texan. She’d be pissed! You can take the girl out of Maryland…), requested spaghetti and cheesy bread yesterday and today? Grilled marinated ribeye with my famous shoe string fries. I am so excited.
My sis doesn’t have kids, so she is used to staying up until midnight every night and then being able to go-go-go the next day. I’ve been waking up at 6:30 (late for me) and feeling like oooff. Like, old. I mean, she’s 4 years younger than I am, but still.
It will be bittersweet to see her go. I won’t see her again until Christmas and I’ll miss her terribly. I have been able to be fully honest and happy and accepted in my fullness all week and that’s been… oh my God, I can’t describe how free and light I feel. I will miss that beyond measure. 6 months until I get to feel this way again… it’s so heartbreaking. Then again, I am going to drop her off at the airport come back here to get my house in order and be in bed no later than 8:30. For real. Snorin’ and everything.
I’ll write about it more for my Quiet Thoughts on Friday, but it is nice to have our close bond from childhood now translate into a thoughtful, interesting and functional adult relationship. We see the world through four eyes, interpret it with two brains, and collaborate to deal with it as we see fit. I hope and pray Major and Minor will be able to do that, too. It means so much to me. We’ve had our fun this week, but we’ve also talked a lot about our futures as individuals, as sisters, and as units of a larger (and crazy) family. Now that we’re working creatively together, too, I just see good things on the horizon. Matter of fact, I didn’t realize the full potential of what we had to look forward to until she got here.
Bottom line: This week has been good food for the body and better food for the soul.
It had been my plan to share some pictures of the garden we planted over the weekend: 2 tomato plants, rosemary (mostly to detract deer), basil and oregano. We filled the two flower boxes with pretty things (The colors inspired by my wedding bouquet, again) and we bought a gorgeous hydrangea bush to help (eventually) hide our big, ugly septic vent. I am really looking forward to clipping the buds and setting arrangements on my dining room table.
We had a little money left over on our gift certificate, so I bought two hanging pots for two of my potted plants that weren’t getting enough sunlight. So far, they are doing ok! I’m not a green-thumb. My great-grandmother was, and so was my grandfather. I really admire people who can shape their landscapes and cultivate life one petal at a time. I’m not yet a gardener, but maybe I’m on my way!
More on Friday, Dear Reader. Thank you again for forgiving me my bloggy fail! I dropped heavy stuff on Friday and I intended a proper follow-up. One is still due. I haven’t forgotten. And I haven’t forgotten you wonderful folk who lifted me up with your wonderful comments. I will get back to each of you tomorrow after I drop off my sister.
Until Friday, take care.