Empty House

Steph took the girls for the morning (from 9:30 until about 3), and Jerry left around 9:45 for a work/play beach trip with his boss and coworkers.

I did some laundry and some dishes and cleaned up a bit, and then spent the rest of the time in my empty house relishing the silence and working on our Christmas stockings, a project I started last January.

And a trip out to Michael’s with a 40% off coupon to buy another Sizzix machine, since one of my scrapbooking customers broke mine at my big workshop event in May. So I’ve now replaced it, and I’m going to sit WITH it at my workshop on Tuesday. Because she’s coming and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let her break it again. I’m going to sit there and supervise, so that if/when she starts to force the mechanism, I can stop her.

I needed to go into Hancock Fabrics to get a few things, but I forgot to take that list with me. So I just kept going. No sense buying the supplies for another project when I need to finish something else first.

When the girls came home, we played all afternoon — with the TV OFF — cleaning Helen’s room and cleaning the den (even vacuumed!) and my Dad came over for dinner. Cleaned the kitchen… And then the girls had their baths and after Alice was in bed Helen and I made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. And I let her lick the beater, just like my mom used to let me, something I remember fondly. There are two cookies in her lunch for tomorrow, already packed and in the fridge and ready to go. 🙂

It was a good day. I’m glad to be back.