5:27 Why did I wake up so early? I have to wait for the sun to rise. Simon has emailed first thing, so I would see it when I woke up. Today is our fifteenth anniversary. At last it's time to start moving: children roused, tea made, laundry in, breakfasts under way. I noticed that the garden is actually starting to look like a garden now. Thank heavens. Asher is sneaking in every bit of reading time that he can, even right before prayers. Bella remarked that her hair looked like Medusa rather than Einstein today.
7:10 Children at the bus, and I follow them. Not all the way, however. It is a misty, cold sort of morning, but I am up anyway and I suspect the wild iris and old apple trees are blooming, and I need to find out. Is there anything quite so beautiful as this? The wild strawberries are in bloom as well; the rain drops off the blossoms and petals and blades and lichens in bright spangles.
7:53 I arrive at the woods. This is my sanity saver, and my exercise (ok, so I tell myself that second bit to make myself feel better). All week, I shuttle back and forth between home and class and I find I lose my sense of perspective. My focus narrows. I worry about the state of the floor or how much I'm seriously studying. So once a week, I try to get out. Today, I am all alone here. No other cars. I think it's because I'm so early. And it's raining and 40 degrees out. But I snap my earmuffs firmly into place, zip up my sweatshirt, and am immediately sidetracked by all of the astonishing flowers that have come bursting out in the last two weeks. The higher I go, the foggier it gets. On the way back down, the fog turns to mist, to drizzle, and then to rain. I found the peak. This time, the hike was about half as long. Hm. I stand by the pond and watch the salamanders swimming, but I don't take a picture (I can't because of the lighting and the rain). I love salamanders. I finally begin to realize that I can't feel susbstantial portions of my body and should probably return.
9:56 I get home. It feels like I've already spent a full day, but evidence suggests otherwise. I have a lot of reading to do. I settle down to it, but after an hour, I'm still shivering so have to take a Very Hot Shower break. Continue reading. I swap between G B Shaw and anthropolgy articles and Biology chapters so I don't fuse my cerebellum or fall asleep. I snack and eat haphazardly. I switch the laundry. I scrounge around for book recommendations for friend. I read some more. Sigh. The upside here is that I can't mow the lawn as it's still raining. Ha.
3:35 Get the children. Well, two out of three. One has gone missing. She returns home shortly, bearing flowers from Simon. They collaborated and got the job done! They even smell delicious. Asher has strange almond-nibbling habits...he likes to lie on his back in the middle of the kitchen floor. I set the kids to tidying their rooms and bathroom (Bella is terribly impressed), and start the broth for dinner. The girls' room has never before been seen on this blog. Ooooo. They sleep with their heads at the foot of the bed, and usually on top of the covers. I've no idea why. They also each have a "special shelf." The rock doorstop is from Zomba, and that is a very full bookcase. We always seem to run short on bookshelves.
6:00 Supper time! Soup made by the girls. The verdict? Scrumptious. We are missing Simon, though. I keep setting his place, the girls both wore one of his shirts today, and they did "Daddy eating impressions" at dinner. They kept saying "I can just imagine Daddy..." and "Well, Daddy would..." It is incredibly heartwarming and hearbreaking simultaneously. Ana also noted that parsnips "taste like coke." Dishes took two goofy children nearly an hour. We are waiting for Grandma to come spend the night! I could hear my Dad chipping in from the background when I called her earlier, and it was so good to hear him sounding just like him.
7:56 Children are reading and playing guitar and puzzling rubic's cubes. Bed seems irresistable right now. Asher cuddles up next to me reading the funny bits of his book out loud. I think this is all for today...