Linking up with the lovely Emily Freeman to share what I learned in May.
1. Make the banana bread. When we moved a few weeks ago, I was surprised at the number of neighbors who showed up at our door with banana bread (always banana bread). I’ve always tried to introduce myself to new neighbors, but I’ve never taken them banana bread—or anything else.
But I’m resolving to change that. It’s been such a nice way to meet the neighbors: the banana bread gives my neighbors a reason to come, an easy way to introduce themselves and share their phone numbers, and my kids adore the banana bread.
(I live in the Upper South. Is banana bread a Southern thing, or do people do it everywhere?)
2. There’s no such thing as “one more thing.” We’ve been planning for years to rent out our old home after we moved, so you might think we’d be ready. But I’ve been dealing with “one more thing” for weeks. Some of the one more things have been obvious (we forget to fix the gutter, we need to take the trash out one last time, don’t forget the old paint cans in the garage!) but some were completely unexpected.
I would tell you about the carpet cleaning experience from hell that caused about 7 more one more things, but nobody wants to read that.
3. The saltwater sandal fanatics are on to something. I tried to find my girls saltwater sandals on ebay but finally ordered these from Zappos in the floral. (Their choice.) They’re pretty great.
(I can’t think about Zappos without thinking about their love of good grammar.)
Silas would have none of it. He chose these, because he’s obsessed.
1 Thing I wish I didn’t learn:
All you essential oil fans aren’t crazy: peppermint oil helps poison ivy a ton.
Me: don’t you know what poison ivy looks like? Will: I do now.
We finally did some yard work at the new house on Memorial Day, eventually discovering that we had bamboo (bad) and poison ivy (worse). But we didn’t find the poison ivy until Will started developing a suspicious looking rash on his arms.
After a particularly ugly incident back when I was nursing Sarah (let your imagination run wild with that and you probably won’t be too far off) I’ve become adept at spotting it. We only have one small vine left in the yard and I didn’t go near it. I just have a tiny rash, but I can’t figure out where I got it. (The laundry?)
Will, on the other hand, is using quite a bit of peppermint oil. It definitely helps, even if he smells like a box of Altoids.
What did you learn in May?
(I’ll share what I’m into later today!)