Full Days and Restful Nights

Yesterday was such a wonderful day.  I felt like a mother again getting everyone off to work and then off to their dates or in this case their concerts at night  and at the end of the day falling into bed satisfied and tired ready for sleep.

After the kids got off to school and Patty to work I walked around the house playing house.  Just picking up what few things were out of place, exploring to find out where things were and where they belonged, and just putting things away.  I folded clothes in the drier, made muffins the kids wanted and fixed my own lunch to eat with Becca when she got home, she got her own lunch.  I really made the muffins in the afternoon.  I did five dozen of them.  I froze four dozen and left out a dozen to eat yesterday.  And they were a great success when the kids got home from school, everyone had at least one and Gina had three.  The kids were here just a short time before their father arrived to pick them up.  He took them home for the night and brought them back this morning at 6am to get ready for school.  I was glad as I knew I could never get them into bed on a school night and with mother and Nana gone Tyler would have been on his own with them, I would not have been any help so Dad took them for the night.  I was so pleased when James told me to stay here and didn’t want to go with his father until I told him I would stay here and be here when he got back in the morning.  James does not talk much, he understands everything you say but has trouble tell you what he wants to say.  He is trying and doing a great job of using his voice but it is coming slowly.  He has been in school for speech since he was two and finally is showing good results.  All three kids have taken me into the family and made me understand I am important to them and they want me for a forever grandmother or I should say great grandmother.

My day ended with a quiet supper and visit with my grandson, Tyler then this old lady begged off and went to bed, very tired and very happy.

The little ones returned at six this morning and were so happy to see I was still here.  James had a hole in his night shirt and come right to me to sew it up for him.  It was so small his father didn’t even see it but James thought of me when he found it and never showed his father.  This boy may not have all the words he wants but he sure knows how to make you feel wanted, needed and welcome by his deeds.  All three were happy to get more muffins with their breakfast and we all played getting off to school.  Mother was already at work so this activity is just for Nana and myself now  and it is a part I love to play.  Now they are gone off to school and work and I have three or four hours to do my thing, this being one of them.  I do keep a log to remind myself of things I need to do and the kids can add anything they want me to do while they are in school.  Colby added make chocolate chip cookie, James added sew his night shirt and Gina added make a finger puppet to help her with her homework.  Nana said, “She is not our maid ”  but I a told her.  No, true but I am a great grandmother and can do all these things for them gladly or at least try.  When and if it gets to be too long a list I’ll be the first one to call a halt to the list, which of course was my idea in the first place.  If this were a full time job it would be too much but a few hours in the morning with Patty and Tyler here to help and then a few hours in the afternoon with Becca here to help it is not work, it is fun and keeps me active and alive.

Those pictures never did come in so will try sending them again.

Have a great day , I know I will.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Full Days and Restful Nights

  1. Nancy O'Grady says:

    Glad you are safely back in Fl. where you are more used to warmer weather and sun. Plus this family around you currently have been right in St. Lucie all those many years with you too so, naturally, more like being at home. You have had a lot of new experiences recently and we do learn even at this age. Fun to realize all we can actually do when pushed.
    Mike is coming to spend the weekend with us. Always nice. Dick and Sue celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this week. So life keeps moving right along. All of it does help to keep us young I agree.
    I’ll phone you once you have settled in a bit. Say ” Hello ” to Shirley for me also.
    Love always, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, Yes, glad to be back to the warmth of Florida and family. It will take some time to find my place in the family. I need to be of help when I am needed and keep my opinions to myself when I can not be of any help. I can deal with one child at a time and that is all. I do like to cook but I am slower than I used to be so do mostly helping not organizing as I used to. I sleep like a log here and the tears are not right on the edge all the time as before. Norman’s calming presence is here and that is a nice retreat for me when it is needed, Mid-day is the best time to reach me by phone as I have time to do my things from about 9 to 2 before that the kids are here and school preparations are all consuming and after 3 the kids are back home and then it is all kids until bed time. Most week ends they are with their father but the next two or three they may be here or gone camping so these three weekends are if-y after that week ends are best for visiting.
      Have a good time with Mike now before he gets so busy with Golf. Tell Dick and Sue congratulations for me. They are well on their way to the big Golden anniversary aren’t they. Great!! That is a mile stone very few make now a days.
      Love to you all Carol

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