You know what is hard, thinking anything you write is clever or witty when you are sharing a blog with Rachel. I have had a very busy and insane last few weeks which has led to the static silence from my end of the blog, but that’s not to say I haven’t been typing away. Every time I think I am getting something together she goes and makes the drugstore sound witty and charming. That is just one of the many reasons we love her. Who else do you know that can do that?
Life here is far less exotic. Everyone in my house spends the whole day speaking the same language, unless you count the times when Mette speaks in Mette language. Otto started first grade last week which is new and amazing and perhaps a little bit exotic. But it’s in the same school he went to last year, he takes the same bus, at the same time and for the most part requests I pack him the same lunch he had last year. Change in the details is not something he handles well. Mette is chomping at the bit to start school next week where she is graduating to the almighty afternoon class! Every day no less! We are counting the hours until it starts. Each for our own reasons.
There is no exotic pharmacy filled with magical potions in glorious packaging, but they did start restocking the toothpaste I like again at the local CVS, so that’s exciting. We, like many other readers, are living vicariously through the exotic stories of “down on the other side of the world.”
While I would be lying to say I am not jealous of the adventures, though not the germ part, I have to admit it is also a daily reminder to enjoy the slow, predictable life here in our sleepy little town. When our family returned from 6 months abroad last year the kids and I happily spent the first two weeks home without leaving the block. The first time I ventured three blocks downtown to the pharmacy (do we really go to pharmacies this much??) it felt like I was in a new foreign land, again. We were so content to have our own house again nothing else. We are lucky enough to have a core group of friends who were better able to anticipate this new lifestyle and made frequent visits to our house. Allowing us to feel social from the safety of a pajamas that make it to the dinner table.
Baring the squirrel incident and a light switch event to which there are no answers, the tenant in their house has settled in well which leaves me without a reason to check on their house every day or so. I still drive by, making sure nothing has impaled it from the outside and the roof hasn’t caved in. I am not sure what else one can observe as you take the corner onto their street and drive past without entering oncoming traffic, but I can confidently say it is still standing. He is bound to take a long weekend soon and I will have my chance!
I keep wondering how long Rachel has to be gone before I think twice about adding chicken stock to something. Will I possibly be having an impromptu lunch with her later this week where I might want to share this with her and family? Perhaps I shouldn’t….
As I walk around town I think of things that I see I want to share with you. But I don’t always remember when I am emailing or skyping. Things like,
-they finally put the fence up around the president’s house and the reason they were taking so long with the corner was because they did a really nice bent section of fencing to match the new curved sidewalk. I approve.
The guy who does the thrusting planks at the gym in the morning has a new and more robust routine.
We never all got to try the cider place before you left but I had some at a wedding recently and it was not unlike strong moonshine. I am guessing it’s not all like that, but wowza, it was interesting.
With our new kitchen remodel I now have a bench for people to sit on and have tea and cookies after lunch. Or anytime of course. It really feels like you, Belinda and Megan need to break it in.
Somehow we need to get Megan to drink tea.
I went to Country Cupboard with just Mette and got new flowers for the window boxes out front. It wasn’t as much fun as when I went with you and your mom. Though going with Mette wanted to choose would have been exciting!
While we soak up the remaining warm days of long sunlight I promise to try and let go and send the long rays your way. With warm sun and longer days hopefully you will all be filled with itching desires to explore the amazing world just outside the kitchen window.