Easter weekend

I wrote this  whole long post yesterday and then completely forgot to put it up.  So here ya go!  Yesterday’s post today:

Happy cheap-jellybean day, everybody!  I hope your Easter was fantastic!  Ours was delightful!  Neither one of us was scheduled to help at church, so we probably got to sleep in longest of everybody yesterday – I got up at 9 and Justin got up at 9:45 (it’s amazing how guys can get ready in less than 15 minutes!).  We went to church, which was awesome, and then came back home right afterward because my problem with large crowds was flaring up with so many people at church and I had to get back home where it was quiet.

But I got a lot accomplished over the weekend and I feel really good about it.  I sat down Friday afternoon and wrote down all the things that I’d like to get accomplished around the house.  And then I marked which ones I need help from Justin to get done.  And then I marked which ones need supplies or money spent on them in order to get finished.  And the things that didn’t require any money and didn’t involve Justin, I set to with a will.

Things that I got done include:

  • Re-stuffed my knee pillow
  • Made a pillow case for my knee pillow
  • Re-hemmed a skirt
  • Sewed a button on Justin’s pants
  • Sewed a button on my car’s seatbelt
  • Fixed a shirtWashed all my hand-wash clothes
  • Figured out what I need to fix another skirt (bias tape)
  • Inventoried the canned goods in the pantry
  • Washed the green off all the lawn furniture
  • Re-organized the outside storage closet

There are still a lot of things on that list, but I made good headway.  And by the time I got done with the furniture and closet outside yesterday, I was completely exhausted.  Justin made me dinner (a feast of pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, and hashbrowns!) and I went to bed early.  But I didn’t get sunburned because I thought ahead and put on sunscreen and a hat before I went outside. I’m rather proud of myself for that.  I even put on bug spray and wore long socks under my pants and shoes to prevent the ant stings that plagued Justin when he did yardwork last Monday.

We have a deep, abiding animosity toward fire ants around this house.  They’re tiny little ants that grow in huge mounds of sand and they HURT.  Seriously, they’re so little it doesn’t make sense that such a tiny little thing should create so much pain, but they’re so vicious.  I don’t react too badly, usually, just a small, itchy bump that itches for 3 or 4 days and then fades after a week or two.  Justin is slightly allergic so he gets huge, itchy bumps that itch for a week or more and get inflamed and infected.  We have, right now, maybe 3 or 4 mounds of these in the yard and we’re going to hit them with poison and try to drive them out. 

Amy, you should watch out for these with the kids – these ants are mostly southern, as far as I can tell, and they are NASTY.  They can swarm and sting and do a whole lot of damage in a short amount of time if they’re angry.  If the kids don’t know about avoiding these yet, I’d recommend teaching them ASAP.  These ants are not the meek little ants that I poked at when I was a kid.  Poke a stick in these nests and the kid holding the stick will be in a lot of pain very soon.
And that’s my nature lesson for the day.

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

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