Thanks, friends, for your concern. Whatever it was passed quickly (no pun intended...)
I started the library project yesterday. So far I'm just trying to make a list of the books we own. Sounds simple, right? But immediately I have questions. What about magazines? Workbooks? (Not counting them - no consumbables.) I haven't begun to count all our Bibles. Then there are books (mostly in Kerry's piles) that I don't know if we own. Are they ours? Are they borrowed? Are they transient or permanent?
Honestly, I had no idea we have so many books. They're in nearly every room of the house. I keep thinking I've got them all and then I find another little pocket. There are the comic books I 'stashed' during the school year (Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, etc.) And the Christmas books are all in a tub in the garage. I'll have to catalog them later. But loose, in the house... how many? Take a guess.
I need to leave that project for a day or two, and get to some other jobs. That's better for my sanity and the state of the house.
Meanwhile, yes, Gunnar and I have been for our walk this morning - yay, us! It was perfect weather for walking - breezy and mid 60's. I'd like to think it's causing me to lose weight, but I think being sick Monday may have had more of an effect. Because we're very distractable walkers. I mean, Look! Both of the bald eagle parents are flying out of the nest! And they found a thermal, and they're soaring in circles! And those crazy crows are pestering them! And LOOK! There's a chickadee! And I found a flicker feather! And the mama Wood Duck has babies! And I see two fish! And... and... and... well. We walked for an hour, anyway, but there were a lot of pauses.
So there you go. That's our whirlwind of life. But you know what was awesome? As we were walking through the woods, holding hands (because 10 is not too old to hold hands, you know), Gunnar said,
You know what, Mom? I have a very happy life. I'm mostly content.
That's good for a Mama's heart.