This has been another tough week, has it not? I vowed to not listen to the news as much at the beginning of the year, maybe go back to listening to more audiobooks while driving. But that went right out the door on January 6, after the attack on our Capitol. I try to not be transfixed on the news, but things change so fast I really want to keep up. I hope after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get sworn in things will die down a bit but I am not holding my breath. Work has been especially stressful this week. I am not sure what is making my kids so crazy, the weather? Do they feel the global stress our nation is experiencing? Or am I just overly tired after three migraines in seven days and have completely lost my patience?
Little Buddy has had a wonderful week at school. Good colors for his behavior, they are on a color chart with yellow as a warning and red you are in big trouble. Monday evening he had a very rough time with me, it felt like it went on for hours but it was more like 45 minutes. He was absolutely out of control, yelling and carrying on. Still during that time I got him in his pj's, plopped him in a rocking chair in front of his television in his room and shut the door waiting for him to calm down. My oldest was home and said I deserved a medal after not losing my cool. I am not always successful in that department but that night I was, he finally calmed down and told me he was sorry. We ended the night cuddling and reading for 30 minutes, his nightly requirement. All ended well with a big hug and kiss. Little Buddy has recently grounded me for 517 days, when I informed him that was a year and a half he changed it to two weeks. Not sure where he is hearing about grounding but still it is funny. I asked him if that meant I could just stay in my room, not work and not have to do any of my Mom duties and he informed me I still had to do all of it. What is the point of being grounded then? I was looking forward to the break.
Little Buddy ended his week and semester with good grades on his last math and science tests of the semester, we can use all the good grades we can get. Mind you that was after 2 1/2 hours of studying Thursday night, after a long day of school and therapy. His new assistant is really lovely, quiet but lovely. She is coming out of her shell a bit and for that I am grateful. She must be very exhausted at the end of the day working with Little Buddy, I know I would be.
Little Buddy's crochet blanket is about 2/3 done. There are seven more squares to make and a border. I am liking the simplicity of the blanket but can't wait to start something new.
Blooms continue on our one and only amaryllis plant, it had four blooms on the first stalk, who knows what will happen with this one? My Christmas cacti continue to shower me with their beauty. Did you see the little drip of water hanging off this bud?
The boys are in big trouble, don't let their innocent faces fool you. They have returned to being puppies by eating toilet paper again. Bear has an upset belly, not that he doesn't deserve it. You all know my obsession with having a LOT of toilet paper in my home, I don't want them to even waste one roll. I have loads of it, I mean loads. I have to make myself walk by the toilet paper aisle and not look because if I see a big hole with lots missing I will want to buy more even though we are set for quite a while.
I have been cleaning, making cranberry, ginger, chocolate chip cookies with pumpkin seed protein, almond flour and agave. Don't they sound horrendous? The chocolate chips are sweetened with stevia, and agave is pretty sweet, well at least for me. They are a fixture in my cooler when I am working. Quick to grab, full of protein and easy to eat. I also have ground turkey spaghetti sauce simmering in my slow cooker, it smells divine.
Nothing really special happening this week, all normal stuff. Still I am finding that anything small and normal is comforting. A little boy's smile, news of a good test score, beautiful flowers, playing with yarn. I think we all need comfort during these very trying times. Stay safe my friends.