Linking up with Emily Freeman to share 11 things I learned in June, from the serious to the shallow, the sublime to the ridiculous:
1. Sometimes procrastination is rewarded. I wanted to buy some big beautiful flowers for our blah front porch, but I never found the planters I wanted at the grocery and I never got around to making a special trip to the nursery.
Then I went to Home Depot for something else entirely and stumbled upon these huge beautiful planters marked down to $15 each from $50 … because it was already June. So worth it, and made me feel much better about dragging my feet.
2. My good intentions for yard work don’t count for much. I told you yard work was one of the things we’re splurging on in this season, because Will and I don’t enjoy it and I am super-allergic to grass. Our great yard guy mulched 80% of our front yard back in April, and I told him, don’t worry, we’ll finish the rest.
Then I called him back six weeks later to ask if he could please come finish. (He did. Hallelujah.)
3. Everything looks better on a tray. I read this in Lessons from Madame Chic last month and it is proving to be true. For me, my nightstand looks a little prettier. For my daughters, it makes a much bigger difference. Their dressers quickly turn disastrous and the trays help. A lot.
4. Sometimes I strike out with book recommendations for my husband. I recommend titles to him all the time—and usually, he enjoys them. But when he recently read Peace Like a River on my recommendation, his reaction was Why did you think I should read that one?
My answer: because I liked it, and I thought he would, too. But when I got thinking about it, I realized that he’s an NT, and NTs aren’t likely to appreciate its magic and mysticism.
5. Black and white cookies taste more like cake than cookie. We brought some home from New York for the kids (because my daughter is obsessed with this short instagram video). I thought they’d taste like shortbread. I was wrong.
6. It is incredibly easy to get 10,000 steps a day in NYC. In my town, I almost always need to go for a long walk or run to hit 10,000 steps. In NYC, we hit 10k before lunch.
7. When the kids wash the car, the point isn’t to get the car clean. It was hot last week, and my kids were (are) still moping about our dog, and for a change of pace we decided to get out the hoses and buckets and wash all winter’s road salt and grime off my car.
The kids did it, and they didn’t exactly do a great job (although they did get the salt off) but I am in the stage of life when I would rather have a filthy car and happy kids. (That’s not always the exact trade-off, but this month it was.)
8. A tattoo parlor is a great place to take your 8-year-old … when she’s getting her ears pierced. Lucy got her ears pierced on Saturday and even though I’d done a lot of reading up on ear piercing, I was still shocked at the difference between Claire’s (back in January) and the tattoo parlor. That probably deserves its own post.
9. The summer uniform thing is totally working for me. Although I’ve learned that if I don’t do laundry, it turns into a problem.
10. We’re all in this together. When our dog dog died, the kids were adamant about wanting to say a prayer at church for Harriet, and make sure our friends and neighbors all knew. When I was crying at the vet’s office, the staff started crying about their own recently deceased pets. They reminded me: we’re all in this together.
I’ve been surprised by the overwhelming number of people who’ve told us some form of I’ve been there too.
I also learned this beautiful prayer for laying a pet to rest. (Thanks so much to Karen, who shared it with me on the MMD facebook page.)
11. It’s a mixed bag. I wrote about this in the MMD monthly newsletter. June was filled with the sad and the wonderful. Such is life.