Thursday, February 28, 2008

Life is just a bowl of (pitted) cherries

Our beautiful weather has continued this week. It's amazing. The weatherman hasn't been this off in a long time. About every-other-day they forecast rain, but the lovely weather just continues. If it seems like I am obsessing about this too much, you evidently don't know Northwest weather. Our rainy season lasts 8 months long! So I'm just making sure the controller of all weather knows I appreciate it.

My little ones are on the mend. Maybe the fresh air is helping. They've been on the trampoline every day for a week! Unfortunately, mom (myself) seems to be the germy one now. But with our vacation coming up next week, and hubby putting in tons of extra hours, this is no time to slow down. My days have been full of new projects for school (I printed about 500 copies yesterday), day-to-day homeschool, getting the house ship-shape for vacation (I hate coming home from vacation to a dirty house!) and multiple other things that would totally bore you to read!

I also am doing well on my diet. Now that my clothes are fitting better, that's all the incentive I need. But I am finding it hard to squeeze in the workout routine and muscle-toning that I want to do- those activities seem to get left til the end of the day, not the best time to do exercise.

One of the joys of my diet is the fact that cherries (my favorite fruit) are both low-calorie and unbelievably delicious!
At my local grocery outlet (much like an Aldi's, only better), I came across a bag of frozen sweet cherries. I tried them, and I was hooked. So I stocked up on them (via the tax money) and have some every day.

The other day I generously shared some with my children. My middle son came up to me and said "Mom, I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but there's something wrong with these cherries." Of course, my first thought was that he had found some kind of bug in them, which would be a major turn-off to me- quess I'd have to give all those bags of cherries in the fridge to the kids (just kidding). He came closer and held one out for inspection "See, they have holes in them!" Filled with relief, I explained to him that this took all the work out of eating the cherries, leaving only the enjoyment.

Which led me to think about the fact that even when there are "pits" in our life (and everyone would agree being sick is the pits!) there are usually many other things to be thankful for (like beautiful weather), if we only think about it.

Taking into consideration, of course, that it's hard to think at all with a clogged head!


Minimalist Mommy said...

I can't even imagine having warm weather. It has been so cold and snowy this winter it feels like summer will never come. I am blessed in the fact that my mother watches the kids for 45 min. every day so I can go for a run. That is my time without kids, to clear my head and to spend some time with God. How wonderful. Now only if I could do this without running in the snow and slush.

Marva said...

Congrats on the warm weather and what a wonderful anology. bleessings!!!

I still haven't seen your address in my email, can you email again?


Kristy said...

I know what you mean... my head is clogged too! :P

Here in West Texas we are experiencing LOTS of sunshine (don't we always?), NO rain (do we ever?) and LOTS of wind (sigh). We had a wind/dust storm this past week... Believe it or not, eight months of rain actually sounds good to me!

Enjoy your vacation... sounds like fun!


Nikki said...

I am glad that your family is feeling better, and I hope that you do soon. I hate coming home to a dirty house, too. And I have to agree with Kristy that I would love 8 months of rain; we seem always to be in a drought.

PJ said...

Yeah. It's my turn now. The Dr. started me on an antibiotic today! Blah!

Nikki said...

Thanks for the referral on Ebates!