I haven't blogged for a while. Life happens! This time of year it always seems to come to a head... extra preserving, garden clean-up, little trips to family before the snow flies... I've started a new course, and it calls my name. If I get behind I'll be in trouble.
And I've been spending a little extra time with two of our grandsons. Delightful, really. Today was filled with blowing bubbles, examining rocks, watching Grandpa paint, helping Grandma cut up apples. We made alphabet soup. We read lots of books, and had a wagon ride. A busy, happy day.
In the midst of it all, I went over to inspect my neighbours house. I am really not the inspecting kind; and I envy those who seem to have show-room homes, with everything in it's place and no dust to be found. Not me... usually there is some art in progress, books in the middle of being read (we love books), and just signs of living everywhere. I try to keep up, but I sometimes wonder if dust and cobwebs lurk when I'm least expecting them, and make a daily appearance just to make me look bad...
So you might wonder why I was inspecting this immaculate house. The owners are away, and I had been asked to inspect it after the tenants left... so this has been happening this week, and I inspected a very clean house (thanks in part to some cleaning ladies I had recommended!), and I said to my neighbour.. I feel funny doing this when my house is so, well... lived in.
And she looked at me, and said, "But your house is always pulsating with life!"
It was a good perspective. I looked at my house with new eyes. It was filled with the giggles of my grandsons, and cheerios on the floor, and the smell of turkey soup. People live here! Our thanksgiving dinner was rich with produce and turkey and more importantly family and love. Our friend has come to stay for a couple of months and evenings are often filled with cups of tea and rich conversations. Pumpkins and home-grown squash tumble on the front steps and you will be greeted by a chalk drawing on the side-walk, compliments of little E and me.
And I know I'm late... but I have a lot to be thankful for.