Happy Friday lovely readers!
It’s been a good week. We’re back home from Indiana, I have a little creative mojo going on and we have a couple of fun things planned for the weekend. But for now, the house is quiet for a few more hours and I have most of my week’s work behind me and it’s a great time to just sit down and share a little with you.
Don’t you LOVE this hot air balloon? It flew over Sam and Anna’s house last week. We heard the burner’s whooosh and then a voice from the air calling out “hello down there”.
Structure, a Week in Indy and Home Pregnancy Tests
I’ve been thinking a lot about my family and about the 31 years in our home. April is the birth month of our oldest and we just spent a week with our youngest and I’m very family heart-full just now. My thoughts this morning are random, but they are connected.
“It will not stop unless I give it a beginning and an end.”
Six months ago this week I left the workplace for the home place. Whoop! A 365 day vaca you say!? Mmmm, not exactly, but it is nice.
I left the workplace and I also left the structure of the M-F / 8 to 5 workweek . A new natural, flexible structure fell into place that helps me organize my days and weeks.
Personal productivity drives the first four days of my week. It’s housework, home reno or decor or cooking projects, and meals and gardening and personal things, volunteer pursuits, blogging, photography, laundry, etc. It will not stop unless I give it a beginning and an end. Monday mornings I look ahead to loosely plan then on Thursday I look back to see what I accomplished. That’s my “‘atta girl”.
Fridays? I relax a bit. I reflect. I shift my focus from my work time to our weekend time as a couple.
Weekends? It’s important to give myself and Bruce a break from my super focus on blog work, creative ventures, chores and productivity. It’s important to get away from my work routine and refresh. It’s our couples time and Bruce and I work and play side by side.
Last Week … in Indiana …
The planning started a year ago when our youngest, Sam, and his bride, Anna, bought their house.
Father and son planned to build a deck over spring break.
Sam and Anna did the design. Bigs put together construction documents and supply list.
We just spent a week in Indiana with them and built a deck.
And they worked the best part of seven long days.
Side by side.
Both a deck and a family built.
When the girls weren’t working on the deck we went thrifting, watched The Notebook, and made strawberry preserves from the berries they brought home from Houston.
My Vintage Home Pregnancy Test
No, I’m not.
July 1982 was our move in date to 1785. No kids yet but I think we had a cat, I don’t remember, and within a year after moving in, my baby clock started to ticktock. And I wanted a station wagon with a luggage rack and a yellow sign in the window that said “Baby On Board”.
Before there was e.p.t., when a woman thought she might be pregnant, she called the doctor and said, “I think I might be pregnant.”
And the nurse said, “How many days has it been since your last period?”
And the woman said, “Oh, I think it’s been a couple of months.”
And nurse said, “Well then, you’d better come in for a blood test.”
Okay. The lab was open between 9 until 3. The blood was drawn, and the woman went home and waited. And waited. And then Friday happy hour rolled around and woman still hadn’t heard. So she had a little problem, being a young and childless woman, in that she didn’t know if there was time for one more happy hour. One more half price drink. Or not? Am I a mommy to be or not? The woman ended up calling the doctor and the doctor said, “Oh yes! The results came back and were positive, you are pregnant!”
That first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.
The next time, we had a (now vintage) 1984 home pregnancy test kit. It was a little plastic mini-lab in a box. Probably the size of a toaster. We had a test tube and a rack that held the tube over a slanted mirror and probably a cup to pee in. Maybe even an eye-dropper. There might have been a little powder or something to sprinkle into the test tube to mix in.
The warning was very clear. Assemble the rack and place it near a window to have enough light to see. Do not move the rack holding the test tube once the test begins. Hover over the test tube with your spouse, hold your breath and watch for the little donut shaped ring to form in the bottom of the tube. Because that’ll mean you have a baby on board. We got the donut and in April of 1985 I delivered Paul. It was the best day.