Running Behind

Thursday March 7, 2024

Dear Diary,

I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and attempted to go back to sleep. After an hour I decided to make better use of my time and wrote my blog until 5 a.m. Then I fell back asleep until 6 a.m. I woke Angel up to get ready to go to horse riding lessons. She said she didn’t want to go to riding lessons and wanted to sleep more. I was in agreement with more sleep. I sent our riding lessons instructors a message that we wouldn’t be there and went back to sleep until 7:24 a.m. I felt like I could have slept even longer but if I was going to be on time for picking up my grandson and then Ms. M, I had to get up. I woke Angel up and we went in the house after making our beds. I greeted Christopher, fed the dogs and made tea. Then I opened up a young coconut I had bought at the grocery store the other day. I had been surprised to see young coconuts when I was at the store, small town grocery stores don’t usually carry such things. I had walked past them on my way to buy something else and saw them out of the corner of my eye. I stopped and thought to myself, “was that young coconuts?”. I turned around and it sure was and not only that, they were at a great price. I bought only one since I didn’t have a cart with me with plans to go back and get more. After opening up the young coconut, I shared the water with Angel and then broke it in two and scraped out the meat for Angel to eat. She was excited to eat it. It had been a long time since I’d bought young coconuts. I used to go to an Asian grocery store in Austin called MT Supermarket to buy young coconuts by the case and also durian. I rarely go to Austin anymore and haven’t had the luxury of young coconuts or durian. Angel wants durian for her birthday though and I will have to make a trip there before her party on the 16th. Her actually birthday is on March 11th but we are having her party the Saturday after

When I went to make my smoothie, I realized I hadn’t made juice last night after I got home. I had been gone yesterday from 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and when I arrived home, I had been too tired to make juice. At least I had one smoothie already made, the smoothie I hadn’t drank yesterday. I needed to make juice today, as well as more homemade dog food. I could either do it this morning and be behind schedule or I could do it this afternoon when I got home from homeschool co-op. I opted for the morning since I didn’t want to be stuck inside in the afternoon. As soon as I started juicing, I regretted my decision. I didn’t like being behind schedule and by the time I finished juicing, making dog food and cleaning up, I was really behind schedule. I was ok with running behind and then not ok with running behind. Back and forth. 

Finally, we headed out to pick up Finn and I put on a Bobbsey Twin audiobook for us to listen to. As soon as I got on the highway, there was road construction and we had to wait. Now I was going to be even later. I texted everyone saying I was behind schedule. I guess I would have to be ok with it. We finally made it through the road construction and everything went smoothly the rest of the drive to Finn’s house. Finn was ready to go when I arrived. I got him buckled in and headed to get Ms. M. When I was about 10 minutes away, I received a call from the home health care company I work for taking care of Ms. M. They hadn’t received the on-line entry for the last day I worked in February and they needed it asap. I had already put in that entry but it seems there is some sort of constant issue with this company. I pulled over while talking to the personnel and attempted to log into the website to add the entry. The website said I needed to update my password. When I tried to do that it kept saying my old password wasn’t valid and wouldn’t let me update my password. The personnel I was talking to reset it for me but it still wasn’t working. I became frustrated. I was already behind and now I had to deal with this. I told the personnel that I could not do this right now and they were going to have to wait until I had time. I was short and abrupt with the personnel and I could tell by her voice that I had spoken too harshly. I softened my tone and spoke more gently. She said they could wait and give me until tomorrow to get it done. I thanked her and continued on to pick up Ms. M. 

When I arrived at Ms. M’s, her husband was not happy that I was late because he had an appointment he had to be at. Arggg! I was feeling angry. This all started from me choosing to juice this morning. I wished I would have chosen differently. Ms. M did not want to go with me but her husband and I told her she didn’t have any other choice and convinced her to go. 

I was glad when I finally made it to homeschool co-op. I was 25 minutes late but I had made it before it was time to do the art project I was in charge of. I unloaded the supplies and got myself centered while Ms. M and the kids went inside. Then I joined everyone and read the younger kids some stories I had brought with me before we went outside for art. 

The art project was painting small terra cotta pots. The kids had fun painting and originally I had planned on the kids putting soil and seeds in their pots after they painted them but I hadn’t thought through that the paint needed to dry first. While the kids were painting, I logged into the home health care website and this time it worked and I was able to put in the entries that they needed. One of the other moms almost stepped on a beautiful Polyphemus moth. It was huge! I took a picture of it and moved it to a safer location. Ms. M kept wandering around. She used to stay put but today she would not stay where I put her. I decided that I couldn’t be in charge of homeschool co-op projects anymore as long as I had Ms. M with me. It was too difficult to keep track of her and lead the project at the same time. I felt overwhelmed. This day had started out on the wrong foot and it didn’t seem to be getting any better. 

When the co-op was over. I took Ms. M to get her hair done. She did not want to get her hair done or get out of the truck. I matter of factly told her that this is what she was doing. She got out of the truck and I walked her into the beauty salon. She was ok once we got in there. The kids listened to a Bobbsey Twins audiobook while we waited for Ms. M to be finished. Her hair looked nice when she was done. I took her home and put her in her husbands care. 

On the way back to home, I stopped at the grocery store and bought more young coconuts. I actually bought all of them. I thought about leaving a couple for someone else to buy but then I figured no one else in this small town would know what they were. The cashier didn’t even know what they were and asked if they were different than real coconuts 😂. I explained to her that they are young coconuts and the brown hard coconuts people are used to seeing are old coconuts. Old coconuts…yuck, young coconuts…yum. 

We arrived home around 2 p.m. The kids grabbed frozen fruit out of the freezer and ran off to play. Finn loved the frozen grapes I had done just for him. Angel doesn’t like the grapes but loves frozen raspberries. I talked with Christopher for a few minutes and sorted through my seeds. Then I went out in the greenhouse to plant some. The greenhouse smelled heavenly from the flowers on the citrus trees. I didn’t have to plant very many seeds because there was a lot already growing in the greenhouse. The gray water from our kitchen sink goes directly into the greenhouse and lots of seeds get washed down the sink. There were melons, peppers and tomatoes and more already growing. How convenient! I planted some peas, gourds and flowers and it was nice being in the greenhouse. 

When I finished planting, I put fresh water in the ducks kiddie pools and said hello to the goats. Then I put a new safety net on the trampoline. I had bought a new net a couple of weeks ago but hadn’t gotten a chance to put it on. Christopher and Angel helped. It didn’t take very long to get it on and it looks really nice. Finn and Angel were excited about it and jumped on the trampoline for a while. I sat down outside for a half hour and wrote my blog. Christopher joined me and said he had started a bath. When the bath was ready I got in and fully relaxed my body. I hadn’t been in very long when the kids came out and wanted to get in. I got the kids washed up and they got back out. 

In the house Christopher was making supper and had a salad ready. I made my dressing of fresh lime juice and raw tahini. I also added some of my homemade jalapeño powder to make it spicy. When we sat down to eat, I saw a paper I had placed on the table with the information I needed to sign Angel up for church camp this summer. I logged into the website and ran into issues getting her signed up. What’s with the website issues today? I finally got it to work and got Angel registered. In the meantime, Finn’s dad had came and got him and Christopher had cleaned to the dinner dishes. 

I heard the ducks outside and wanted to get them in their coop before they wandered off to the pond. They’ve been staying overnight at the pond and I don’t like them sleeping there because there are a lot of predators in the woods at night. With Angels help we herded them into their coop. Then Angel and I jumped on the trampoline. I figured I could get my rebounder jumps in on there. I jumped 200 jumps and it was a lot more work doing it on the big trampoline rather than the little rebounder trampoline. It was a much better workout and I enjoyed it. I’m going to start doing it daily. My goal is to get my heart rate up at least once a day and it was easy to do on the trampoline.

We all gathered in the banana hut for story time and I read 2 chapters aloud from Hank the Cowdog book 10. It was some really funny chapters and I laughed and laughed in between reading.  When I finished, Christopher went into the house and Angel slept on the trundle bed. We fell asleep at around 8 p.m. listening to a Bobbsey Twins audiobook. 

Thank you for reading my blog and being a part of my life. I dearly appreciate you. 



This blog post was inspired by the Holy Spirit. 

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