I am in the process of trying to work out our curriculum for next year. Una will be in eighth grade, and I need to figure out what she needs before entering high school. Also weighing upon me is the need for a lesson plan for the rest of the year. As always happens, ours fell apart sometime after the holidays and never quite recovered.
Dominic's wonderful ENT has recommended ear tubes and an adenoidectomy. My boy is scheduled for surgery on the 31st of this month, and I am a wreck. I have never had a child of mine have surgery, and the whole thing makes me very nervous, but it seems to be the only way to try to avoid a constant cycle of ear infections and over-use of antibiotics and the possible permanent hearing loss that is the doctor's major concern for Dominic., the latter being more frightening to me than the surgery. I am so glad to have a friend who has had the same procedures done to three of her kids. It makes me feel so much better. He needs to have blood work done on Friday, and I am dreading this. He is a very high-strung boy, who shrieks over even minor boo-boos.
We are on the verge of beginning a building project on a new patch o' dirt, this one in Kentucky. My mom is giving us a piece of land adjoining my sister's property, and we are going to build a house, shop and barn. Bret is doing most of the work himself, hiring labor only where necessary. We need to keep everything as low-cost (though not low-quality) as possible. I am excited, but the details are daunting. We were so happy to have a priest-friend meet us at the property this morning and bless the land and the project. Afterwards he came home with us, made a gallon and a half of holy water, blessed the house and blessed a rosary I am giving to a friend. I told him he had to work for his meal! It was a very lovely and relaxing visit, and I was so pleased with how well behaved the kids were
I am thinking about what to put in the baskets for Easter this year, I have birthdays in April and May to think about, Mother's Day, Gabe's First Holy Communion, and a Mother/Daughter retreat. I have nothing new on the needles for Ginny's Yarn Along tomorrow. Heck, I don't even know what's for dinner tonight.
It is all rather overwhelming and I will really love that first glass of wine when Easter comes. In the meantime, I am going to get a glass of iced green tea with lemon and ginger, call a friend and then figure out what to knit next. I am still doing the shawl, but with 250-odd stitches to a row now, I am lucky to get two rows in before bed!
Anyway, all of this prevented me from doing the usual Monday Musings post yesterday. I started to write and felt all at once overwhelmed. It's Lent, right? It's not supposed to be easy.