We curled up in the house this weekend, a much welcomed break to the travel and general busyness of our post-holiday weekends.
Jimmyredhed built an exterior wall where our side stairwell meets the gangway. It is now sided over in red aluminum blending in so well with the remaining east wall that a passerby would know something was once there, but couldn't tell ya what. Yesterday, he pulled our solid wood door from the hinges and we spent the better part of the morning sanding it smooth and priming it. Just before I crawled into bed around midnight last night, I rolled on a second coat of turquoise paint. This morning we decided to stencil the simple greeting welcome home in yellow just below the windows. A local window company will come first thing Tuesday morning to cut a big hole in our patio wall to expand that entrance. They'll install our freshly blued inside door and a new storm door before cutting two more holes in our basement bedroom wall for new windows. Jimmyredhed ran to the hardware store tonight to get a kick plate to finish up.
I've worked on homework most of the weekend, a survey and an annotated bibliography for a research class that needed more motivation than I could muster. Reading two articles took most of the day as I sat tucked into our sunroom couch with a dreary gray rain pelting all five windows. I ate ice cream for breakfast and topped it off with pancakes Jimmy made for us at noon when he woke for the day. I finished them late this afternoon, hitting send under the weight of a curled up husband napping against my hips and Killer snoozing a top his chest.
In these days that I feel out of sorts, when my body craves more sleep than I can offer it, I remember that this season is moving more quickly than I'd like and transition is coming soon. In addition to the hours I'm logging at my internship, the monthly craft markets that keep chugging along, and the syllabi that I'm still struggling to decipher, I'm soaking in yoga classes two to three times per week. I'm also planning a graduation celebration, a 10 year high school reunion, and awaiting the arrival of two new nieces or nephews this summer. But it's positive thoughts about our travels that will get me through these next few months. In just three weeks, a carful of us will head to Kansas City to do home repair with Jerusalem Farm for a week and just after graduation in May, Jimmy and I are taking off to southern California for a week to soak in the sun and explore a state we know little about.