Life Lately, and Thanks

It has once again been about two weeks since I last posted. Not much has happened since then, but at the same time, I feel that a lot has happened. 

First, let me say, it’s Memorial Day. Thanks to all veterans and soldiers past and present for your service. I am living the military family life, and I know your sacrifices, day in and day out. I thank you for them. I don’t know or wish to know the ultimate sacrifice, but the ones that have made it, and the families that have dealt with it have my deepest respect. My heart goes out to all military personnel and families on this day. 

Here at home, as I said, it seems that life is moving along as it generally does. The boys’ grandma came to visit, and we had a good time showing her around our general area. We went to the Baltimore Aquarium and the National Zoo. We had dinner at the National Harbor, and she got to hang out with her grandkids. A nice weekend.

After she left, we took some time to get back into the normal daily routine. It’s been kind of refreshing to have LT home for a  few solid weeks. The boys are being just what a toddler and a preschooler should be (never listening and always whining – well, a lot of the time, it seems). I am working on figuring things out for my own mental health. We are moving along. 

This weekend we started one of our largest projects as home-owners thus far: ripping up deck boards and putting down new ones, brightening the untreated wood we’re keeping, and eventually staining the entire deck. When we moved in here, we knew this would be a big project no matter what way we cut it. The wood that makes up the deck is splintering everywhere and warped in many places. In the seven years since this house has been built, it has never been treated or stained. The weather around here is just enough to turn any piece of lumber into mulch in a matter of a decade, so we’re making an attempt at fixing the deck so it will last much longer. 
It looks like a before-and-after photo!We also ordered a swing set for the boys to play on in our back yard, since there aren’t any playgrounds nearby. We’re just waiting for it to arrive at Wal-Mart so we can go pick it up and assemble it. Thankfully it should be a relatively simple project, and I’m sure the boys will get plenty of use out of it.

And have I mentioned how hot it is? Because it is. Today, at this very moment my weather app says it is 85 degrees out, but it feels like 90 degrees. There is actually a heat advisory in effect until nine-o-clock tonight. Add the 61% humidity, and deck work becomes pretty nasty. But we’re dying to be using that deck on a daily basis. We’ve also decided that we’re not buying a grill until the deck is finished, and that is k-i-l-l-i-n-g us. We love to grill. So, heat or no heat, the deck will get done. 

Until then, we’re working and living. Life is pretty good today for this military family. There’s not much more to ask for. 

4 Responses

  1. Deven Rue
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    If you have the chance, make some sage water to mist yourself with periodically throughout the day, it has a natural cooling effect. You can easily make it yourself by making a “tea” with the sage, letting it cool, adding a few drops tea tree oil to ensure no bacteria grows and viola! Keep it in the fridge so it’s nice and cold. (Do not use if you are pregnant or breast feeding.) Also, make some sun-brewed chamomile tea, and pop it in the fridge. Not only is it soothing when tempers are high from the heat but it also naturally helps cool the body (drinking it) from the inside. Stay cool!

    • Rowena
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      Thanks for the tips, Deven!

  2. theatrewhisper
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    I’m glad you’re getting some help for yourself….and I can’t wait to see the end results of your deck! The boys will LOOOVVEEEEEEE the new swing set, it was one of my favorites as a kid. I love you and your entire lovely family.

    -Sam

    • Rowena
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      Thanks, Sam. We love you, too. <3

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