I am in a bit of shock because for the first time in awhile, I have a quiet week laid before me.
Last week was a bit of a whirlwind getting ready for company this past weekend. You know- cooking, cleaning, weeding, along with all the regular stuff. It's good we have company that stays at our house every once in awhile. It's the only thing that inspires deep cleaning around here. And by deep cleaning, I'm talking about pulling out the couches and collecting all the toys, snack cups, clothes, trash and dust bunnies that gather underneath. It means washing windows. It means scrubbing tubs until they shine and washing walls and baseboards (using just a rag, some dish detergent and water). Have you ever washed walls before? This past week was my first time and I was blown over by the results- especially in the kitchen. I didn't think my walls were dirty. I mean, I saw a few finger prints, but after I washed them (only from child height down) I couldn't believe the difference.
Our weekend was full and fun. In addition to eating great food (everyone contributed), family helped pick, snap and freeze green beans. They also helped me make another huge batch of pesto (11 cups). We sat on the front porch after a cold front (finally!) came through and watched deer at the foot of the next hill over. There was foosball playing (kids against grandparents at times), celebrating Miriam's first birthday with shoofly cupcakes and noisy toys (which she loves), sitting in the backyard until dark and lots of conversation with children to watch and babies to hold. The service at church was very nice and now, we're officially members of our new church and Miriam has been dedicated.
After all this and the few busy weeks prior, as good as it all was, an empty week is like the rain that we experienced on Friday after over three weeks of heat and dryness. It's a relief. It will be welcomed rest. There will be a little laundry. A lot of reading books, just being, and (thanks to the many leftovers that family graciously left with us) very little cooking.
A few tomatoes are trickling into the house and our mouths. Some corn will be picked later this week, but that, too, will get eaten promptly. I need to relish this week because before long a lot of corn, tomatoes, peaches and nectarines will be coming my way and I'm going to need all the energy reserves I can get.
Manic Monday? Not this week.