It Rains On

by Stefani on 27-June-2007

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The above is a wonderful little print that I bought through Etsy from Jen of Swallowfield. I love everyting about it, and I especially love the new meaning that it has taken on for me. It has become such a nice illustration of this phase of life, of the bustling, glowing activity inside our home, while it continues to pour buckets beyond our windows.

If you’ve been keeping up the last few days, you know that I’m in the midst of an internal storm of sorts. I’m in a mood to wash out all the junk in our home and on our plates.

It is slow going. At the moment I am feeling like I’m trudging through miles of mud. Sorting, organizing, ditching, rearranging. It goes on and on and on. I’m tired of it. Tired enough that I gave it up for just today, and did nothing but read, sit on the couch with my littlest boy, cruise Whole Foods, and make a yummy dinner for my folks. I also emptied the contents of my closet and drawers onto the floor in our room, so like it or not, I’ll be back at the gridstone come morning.

In an uncannily metaphoric kind of way, we are in the throes of some serious flood inducing rains of the literal sort as well. Our nearby lake is up 7 feet in just a couple of days. Roads are closed. I’ve heard tales of livestock floating down the river. (say it with me….Ewwwwww!) Poor cows. Poor ranchers!

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It isn’t pretty in my house either, but I guess that’s the way it goes. First, the rain must make a big muddy mess. And then, then the sun shines, the rainbow lights the sky, and little birdies sit on your shoulder while you stroll down the lane singing Zippity Do Dah? Right?

I keep thinking, “Just get to the other side. Just get it all sorted out, and it will be a brand new day. You’ll have a clean little nest, and you can get back to playing. Back to swimming. Back to just being.” Oh let’s just be honest. I want my kids to be done with camp, and back home all day, running amuck and giving me endless reasons to just give up and join in on the fun! They are my enablers really. Thanks to them, my house can be messy, I can have crud on my shirt, stuff can fall out of my car when I open the door, and I can just blame the kids. Perfect! Enough of camp already, I need my excuses back!

Phooey on camp.

Phooey on cleaning.

I’m going to bed with the dishes in the sink, and there’s not a thing in the world you can do about it cuz you’re not the boss of me!

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(p.s. TWO days without Diet Coke, thanks. The caffeine-starved headthrobbing was BAD today, but I braved on. AND, in case you wondered, it was lots of local ingredients that dirtied those dishes – not all, but a good bit – even the wine was from a vinyard about an hour’s drive away! YAY!)

Sarah Taylor June 27, 2007 at 9:19 pm

It is so great that you are going soda free! And the perfect choice for Locally Grown month also. It was like deja vu when I read your post about not drinking Coke because Sew Green actually just mentioned in her latest post that it takes 250 liters of water to make 1 liter of Coke.
Anyway, kudos. And I didn’t comment on your previous post but your sons room looks *amazing*. You should think about posting before and after pictures.

erin June 28, 2007 at 5:36 am

i am hoping day 3 without diet coke goes well because in a week, you will barely miss it!

brit June 28, 2007 at 3:29 pm

I think you were optomistic to expect to get through a life’s accumulation in one week. Having said that I still think you rock. Realistically you maybe looking at several weeks till things get back to normal. I”m so impressed though. Life changes are so hard…But Follow through? That is hard to find.

Hurray for you.

Heather June 28, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I agree with everything that Brit said… and especially, the “HURRAY FOR YOU!”

Molly July 5, 2007 at 10:17 pm

It’s tough wading through all the accumulation of a lifetime… we’re working on it too, and I swear, some days I think the house has exploded. What I love, though, is that you took the time to recover and relax and read! 🙂

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