I’m not trying to be a complainer, I’m really not. I want to write posts about happy stuff, like art projects and fun…but you guys are never going to believe this. Remember last week when I told you we found a mouse on the first day of school? Yaaaaa, about that. We’ve taken this whole mouse thing to a whole new level. Read: exterminator, nice little hole in the exterior of the house welcoming the little gross varmints inside, countless traps everywhere in my house, body count: 5, and a petrified 5-year-old that won’t sleep alone anymore. It was a hard week, and I won’t even go into the part where I had to deal with the completely rude HOA guy who obviously has never crossed paths with a mama of four with a mice-infestation problem. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
We need a fresh start, you guys.
We started yesterday.
There’s only about 5,000 orchards to choose from and yesterday, Grandad’s it was. Aside from the obvious apple picking, we rode the cow train, ate NC signature BBQ and cinnamon donuts, and pet the goats and llama.
She was speechless.
Like really speechless.
This weekend was the perfect mix of productivity and list-crossing-off activities and relaxation and fun. We got gas and groceries and filled our shopping cart with mums and a cinnamon broom (man does my front door smell divine!!). Jarrod did some work outside and washed his car. I cleaned off the front stoop and the back stoop and hung a fall wreath on the door and lit my new fall candle. Also there was a movie night and apple picking and candy cigs.
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There were some definite highlights last week, but I need a fresh start this week. I’m totally over mice. OVER THEM! And I’m ready for some normal. There’s still traps all over my house to catch any that the pest control didn’t and I’m still slightly freaked out in my kitchen, but seriously this needs to be a better week. I’m determined to rock this week out.
So naturally, I made a Monday list:
1. Go to bed by 10 every night this week.
2. Get up before the kids.
3. Finish a project that’s been hanging over my head.
4. Drink a bottle of water before lunch.
5. Cook dinner and not be afraid.
Our appling turned into a country drive which turned into a little jaunt around Chimney Rock village. Sometimes its fun to feel like a tourist in your own area. We walked around on the streets and poked about in shops. We looked through the telescope at Chimney Rock. I bought the kids candy cigarettes. Yep, I did. Because we have mice and you just do stuff like buy your kids fake cigs when you have mice.
We got into the car after our mini adventure a little sweaty, but satisfied with a feeling of fresh for the new week coming. I am really going to focus on going to bed earlier this week and getting up earlier. Everything just seems better when you get adequate sleep, right? Even when you have mice! (I say this, but I’m really hoping we don’t have any more. Last kill was Thursday and we haven’t seen any “evidence” of any more…so let’s hope they’re gone!!)
Here’s to fresh new weeks.