Today is the greatest day I’ve ever known. Honestly, this house fills me with joy. And I say this having mopped the floors today for the first time in a month. Notes on a large home: five is a lot of bathrooms to clean, all that counterspace in the kitchen takes a long time to wipe down, and maneuvering around a larger house is more exercise. Great issues to have.
I’m not remotely a homebody, but maybe I just never had the right house before. We stayed in all day except for an after-dinner scootering excursion to the playground at the park, but it still felt like such a great day. Is this the beginning of a new era of me spurning museums and outings for crafts in the basement? Doubt it.
Fluffers specifically requested staying in and picnicking as her summer to-do’s, so that’s what we did. I can’t believe I have to part with her next week. She is such a great help to me and such a ray of sparkly, pink sunshine around the house. What will I do without her?
What made today so great? I hid the iPads and didn’t let the kids use them all day. I got some serious cleaning done and straight-ironed my hair. A friend I haven’t seen in too long came over for a house tour and a great chat. The kids played together with but a very few Lord of the Flies moments. Salty didn’t destroy anything (!!!!). I made an easy dinner which, with proper bribery, everyone ate. Someone told me, “I can’t imagine how anyone could not like you.” (In response to proof positive that someone does not.) I caught up on a bunch of emails. We got some exercise at the park. Then all my sweetest peas jumped into my masterbath swimming pool together with floating letters, water buckets and sieves. Afterword the walls were splattered with water and reverberant with laughter.
There’s a scene in Anna Karenina where Dolly who spends her time raising 5 children while her husband serially cheats on her watches her kids skinny dipping and takes such delight and pride in all their little shining wet faces and limbs. When I first read that in college it seemed so pathetic. I get it now.
August 28th, 2014 – solid A.