Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Help Received

Advantage of living together
is when I stumble to bed
exhausted after long day,
late bath, someone who
loves me will pick up
wet towel I left on floor
Privledge to return the favor.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Broken and Still Wonderful

Ruth has been sick and lost her voice.- better now  Liam has been throwing up - better now.  The AC  is broken and it is bloody hot.  The repair done today didn't work.  And still, life here feels so good - shaved ice on the deck and a scooter walk with Liam and his parents at sunset.

Friday, June 10, 2011


Ruth was the electrician's "monkey" today as the two of them finished wiring KK's little house more permanently (no more extension cords from the big house which means a computer out there and brighter lights).  Walls will come soon.  It's been a good week, with Zachary part of the household while he attended baseball camp in Austin.  He hit a triple, spent one night in the tree house, and was generally a love.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Day, Happy Night

Not all days can be like this under any circumstances, but this has been a good one.  KK came home glowing from her slumber party and Zachary was delighted with his baseball  camp and commended by his coach for great behavior even though others were wild.  Liam and I started the day by working in the yard, pulling weeds, doing laundry, making cookies.  We've had family meals and bike rides and now KK is snug in her little house and Zachary is sleeping under the stars on an air mattress in the tree house.I feel content being who and where I am tonight.  The Longhorn baseball team even won it's regioual tournament.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


is what I'm trying to do to this and all my other blogs.  I hope some of the rest of you who live in this house will help me out by adding an entry of your own.  The spring was very busy and full of change, getting used to Bob being retired, or mostly retired and all the busyness of KK finishing eighth grade and applying for and getting into the arts high school at Mac.  (Go KK!)  Life in a family with a toddler and a teen and three other adults is very different from the life I had before as a working woman in a long distance relationship with her husband and no daughters or grandkids on board most of the time.  I had lots of time for myself then and used some of it well with writing and exercise and other creativity and self care, that are harder to manage now.  I also read lots of light books and played computer games mindlessly at times.  I wasn't lonely in that life.  It was an easy life.  Life now is less easy but so much richer.  I tend to get caught between the needs of the various people in the house and have to work on boundaries and creative solutions.  That's good for me.  I was an only child and never really learned how to fit into a larger group without giving myself up altogether.  I'm doing better at that now, though it is still definitely a growing edge.  It's good to have such loving people with whom to grow. 

There are some delightful surprises in this life, like the tree house Ruth and Chris built for Liam in the back yard.  And the Wi.  I never thought I would have that popular game system, never wanted to try it, but Ruth and Liam bought Chris one for end of school and early Father's Day and the whole family is enjoying it.  Last night they even introduced me to bowling Wi style.  I was genuinely nervous at first that I wouldn't be able to do it at all, but I manafged fine and had fun.  I am amused that Liam, at two, can already play a video game with great understanding and a little skill.  Playing Wi together had the whole family laughing, something I wouldn't have expected.  Thanks Ruth.