29 July 2007

Back to normal

It's been a busy morning here with everyone up at 5.30 to get Kerry on the bus that will take him home. We all had toast and tea and I made the men up some scrambled eggs with herbs to get them through the morning. The remainder of Kerry's birthday cake was packed in a plastic bread box for the trip back; I hope he doesnt throw the bag around and end up with squashed cake.

Before he left I had a load of washing on, when he left I did another with his bed linen and towels. I had him warmly cocooned in a heavy blue flannelette and a doona (duvet) and quilt that he loves in Winter. I put out a couple of wheat bags for him and some extra throw rugs to keep him warm while he watched TV at night. I know my kids think I sooky them up when they stay here buy I love doing it and it teaches them, by example, how to nurture others. I hope that when they have their own babies, they'll pass on this heritage of cosiness and support that is but one of the ways parents express their love for their children.

After the washing was hung out to dry, I did the dishes, swept the floor, made the guest room up again - my sister is visiting soon, made our bed and did some ironing. I've just picked a cabbage for our dinner tonight and dug up some kipflers to have with pumpkin, carrots and herbs. I'll make a cheese sauce for the cabbage and bake it in the oven so it's golden and crispy.

It's taken H a full week to recover from the flu. It made him really sick and weak and the only time he looked ok was when he dosed himself up on flu medication to go out to dinner the other night. But now he's almost back to his healthy self and he's been catching up on chores in the backyard. He's cleaned out the chook coup, let the chooks out for some free ranging and done some gardening.

Soon I'll make a lunch of leftovers and a cup of tea for us both and we'll enjoy the afternoon doing whatever we want to do - nothing is planned and nothing needs to be done. H will probably have a nap and I'm going to do some sewing. I want to make a ironing pad for my sewing circle ladies. After that, I'll put my feet up and read about the Nearings. Everything back to normal after a week of celebrations, visitations and a time with children (albeit adult children) at home again. Another good week. : )


  1. WISHING........... FOR THE SIMPLE LIFE............... WISHING I HAD EVERYTHING DONE!!!!!! Come to my house and help me! LOL! :)))) Love reading about your day to day. :)

  2. Hello dear friend :o)
    I just loved hearing about your full and busy day. The boys are so blessed to have such a loving, caring mother that cherishes them. You're such a dear woman, Rhonda Jean. How beautiful that Kerry got filled up--with more than enough to hold him over 'til next time. I'm sorry to hear that H got hit so hard with the flu. You both must be so thankful that he's feeling better--I hope he's feeling completely well, very soon, and I sire hope you don't come down with it. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    a hug across the miles to you. Jewels

  3. You managed to get the Nearings book. What do you think of their simple lives.A little too austere for me but there was lots of good stuff in the book don't you think.
    Glad your sick man is feeling better. It will probably take a while for him to be his normal self.
    My mum still heaps nurturing upon her children and grandchildren. It's nice to think of it as a gift that will be handed down through the generations.

  4. Hi Rhonda Jean,
    I loved reading about your day. I too love to baby my children when they visit. My Mother Helen died almost 2 years ago and I so miss her caring for me. You remind me of her. I love the pretty picture of you. Now I have a face with a name.
    Have a blessed and beutiful day.

  5. I sat and read your post whilst my three year old had his afternoon nap, "snugged up" in his cot and my 9 month old slept on my lap. Thank you for showing me that mothering will never change or stop. That nurturing my children is a gift not only to them but to generations to come.

  6. jessica, you have to do a bit more than wish. ; ) simple living involves more work than modern life does but it beats it hands down for satisfaction. If I lived next door I'd pop over each day to help you get into a routine. After you work this way for a while, it becomes your new normal. : )

    Dearest Jewels, thank you for your beautiful and comforting words. H said to thank you for your good wishes for him. Hugs back.

    Dear Jenny, yes, I ordered the book through the library when you mentioned it. There are parts I love and parts I think are a bit sermonizing. I don't eat meat but I'd never describe non-vegetarians as eating decaying animal carcasses. eek! I think that everything we show our children will show up again further down the track. We have to be careful or it will come back to bite us. Do your children go to Grammar?

    Elizabeth, what a lovely thing to say that I remind you of your dear mother. I'm honoured. Thank you so much.

    Jen, what a lovely picture you paint - you and your sleeping babies on a cold Sunday afternoon. No, mothering never stops, the ties that bind us to our chidlren get stronger with each passing year. I strongly believe we teach our children not only by what we tell them but also by how we are around them and how we treat them every day. And I know by experience that showing love and respect when they are littlies, comes back tenfold when they're adults.


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