Remember me? The woman who sent out a newsletter two weeks ago and said she was ready to start sending one each week?
I’m living a very full life in real life at the moment. Some of this will be expanded on in separate posts, but for now here’s a peek at what’s been going on.
David is super busy with work. That’s a blessing and we are very thankful. It also means he has no time to help me with anything website related.
Caroline and I started up homeschooling again last week after taking off five weeks. Our plan is to do three weeks and then take off two more. This will end her sophomore year. After Labor Day we will start her junior year. So far it’s gone very well.
The weather was finally pleasant last week without Canadian smoke and/or high humidity. We took advantage of that to do some things as a family that we had put on hold throughout the summer. This included a trip to the public museum for the first time since the lockdowns – something Caroline had asked to do multiple times this summer. David also had a lot of yardwork he was behind on due to weather and work so he’s been spending quite a bit of time on that.
I’ve been spending more time on homemaking things. That’s another post, but when the light shifts in August something clicks in me. Every single year.
There has been a lot going on that I’ve been tracking and writing about on my other website. Every time I get to the point where “nothing major is happening” and I decide to just kind of back off, things blow up. I’ve spent seven long, bloody years tracking the historical events we’re living through – especially since January 2020. I’m not quitting now. Keeping a record of my thoughts over there comes first for me over what I write here at this point in my life. So I have been trying to at least throw up quick posts regarding big events. Not as many as I would like, but I have done some. So many times I wanted to record a podcast, but it just doesn’t happen.
But the biggest adjustment is that the lightbulb finally went off for Caroline that if she gets up early and gets her schoolwork done, she has more freetime. I don’t know why it went off in this new way now, but it did. Perhaps she’s moved out of her major growth spurts and doesn’t need as much sleep now? I’m not sure. She went from sleeping until 10/11/12 (!) to getting up at 8:30/9/9:30. It’s great in many ways and it makes it much easier to get our homeschool time done.
The downside is that with her early rising I lost the last bit of any time I get alone with my thoughts during the day. I usually had an hour or two between finishing my breakfast and when she would wake up. That’s gone. Some mornings I’m not even getting a half an hour. I’m needing to adjust to an entirely different flow of life. She is motivated to get a lot of her work done before lunch now. This completely changes my flow each day and I’ve not adjusted to it yet at all. Earlier this afternoon I felt like I was on the edge of a mini-meltdown because it’s left me feeling kind of overwhelmed at times. It’s not going to get any easier when we add in three more subjects after Labor Day.
So I’m honestly feeling rather overwhelmed at the moment. None of it is bad. It’s all good. It’s simply been a lot of adjustments, especially the loss of thinking and processing time. I was already stretched rather thin in this area and struggling with it. It’s even more difficult now. But we press on.
That’s life here in a few paragraphs. ♥