Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

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Happy Mother’s Week(s)

Posted on | May 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

I started a little early.

With some friends and gelato martinis last week.  Because alcohol and ice cream is a win-win.

Then on Friday a friend came over and we spent hours and hours and hours sitting on the deck discussing goats and gardens and gossip.  While The Other Half got home from work and hauled the boys to baseball practice.  And her husband got home to an empty house.  I hope he started on dinner.  Because she was probably hungry by the time she finally left here.

On Saturday we picked up my Pretty’s new bunny.  Harvey is a French Angora rabbit that will replace Pretty’s guinea pig, Riccio, who passed on to the great cage in the sky over the winter.

Harvey will also add to my new obsession the farm’s fiber animals that provide wool for spinning.  He arrived just in time as Simon and Isaac, the Shetland sheep, were recently sheared, leaving me with plenty of fleece to wash, card, and spin.

Also leaving me with 2 awkward and unfamiliar sheep in the barnyard.  At least Simon was recognizable.

Isaac was sporting a George Clooney undercoat—a frosted, salt and pepper look.  Isaac, is that you?

So after a sweet alcoholic treat, a relaxing visit with a friend, and a gift bunny, there was nothing left to do for Mother’s Day except, well,….you know…..

Go to the beach.

Which is exactly what I did.  And this is where turning motherhood into the mother lode really paid off.  Because by going for 4 kids I produced the perfect number for beach volleyball.

And even though there was only 18 to 22 months between each new baby, that was still enough time to ensure the Biggest could keep an eye on the Littlest when they decided to switch to wakeboarding.

So all I had left to do was this:

Hah.  Happy Mother’s Day to me.

Although it’s not over yet.   As their gifts to me, the kids are going to complete my gardening chores all this week after school.  Middle has promised to mow the property around the fruit trees.

Pretty is going to weed the roses and azaleas.

Big and Little are going to install chicken fencing around the new herb and perennial beds by the deck.

Plus, The Other Half has been convinced to install the decorative pond and pump that I got for free off craigslist and have been storing behind the shed for, oh, just about….5 years.  Maybe more.

That’s not hoarding.  That’s saving.  There’s a difference.  I think.  Probably.  Maybe.

And since the kids and I spent the day at the beach, I didn’t get to celebrate with my own mother.  So she and I will be getting together for lunch or dinner this week.  Or both, if we feel like it.

That’s right.  I’m heading into the second week of Mother’s Day celebrations.  Which is only proper because a Mother’s DayA day?  Really???

Shame on you, people.

And if your Mother’s Day just wasn’t long enough, call me.  I still have a Red Robin gift certificate.  And I could probably use a pedicure.  We could go together.

I’m just sayin’.  I’m here for you.


2 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Week(s)”

  1. Aunt Peggy
    May 14th, 2013 @ 4:01 am

    Happy Mother’s MONTH!!!!!!

  2. Lisa D
    May 14th, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    I can’t believe I know someone who knows what it means to “wash, card, and spin fleece.” But I’m always up for Red Robin or a pedicure. Or more martinis 🙂

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