Have you ever noticed that you get through the weekend rather unscathed ready to get back to the weekday routine only to have another Monday disaster strike?
Why always a Monday?!
My last messy Monday, if you recall, involved a small flood of paint, this time it was water.
The day started off well. My daughter woke on the right side of the bed ready for some homeschooling. She excitedly brought down all her Shimmer & Shine Teenie Genies to use for a math exercise. I tossed in a load of laundry and my mom was tossing leftovers in a pot to simmer for dinner.
All was well with the world. Monday was moving along swimmingly...ha.
That’s when the zen was disrupted by my mother asking, “what’s that sound?” I went to the laundry room and was greeted with a geyser of water squirting out of the wall!
WHAT?! You've got to be kidding me!
I turned off the washer and tried to grab anything to stop the flow of water all over the mud room. I ran to the garage to grab some old towels and there was a vole making its way across the garage.
No time to stop.
Mom and I proceeded to clean up the mess (with the help of the cat of course) and tried to figure out the problem. We found that the hose had come out of the drain pipe, so when the washer began to drain, the water erupted from the hose. Thankfully it was an easy fix. I reinserted the hose and voila, all was well once again!
Mom went to fetch something and asked if I would try to stir the leftovers she threw in the pot. Now you have to know that for some reason everything in the garage fridge, where we keep our leftovers, freezes everything during the winter and so the leftover rice in the pot was frozen.
Why let it defrost when you can just break it up with a spoon, right? Well, because breaking it up with a spoon makes the rice explode all over the stove, that’s why. Another mess to clean.
In the midst of all this chaos I started to sweat. And that's when I realized I forgot to put deodorant on this morning!
And during all this, my daughter sat in the “schoolroom,” lining up her genies in rows of five and making up songs about the seasons for them to sing. Awe.
But don’t think that our messy Monday has ended there. Got the paint out to paint an accent wall in the family room and realized that they didn’t give us the doohickey that fits in the middle hole of the paint can so it can pour nicely.
I sense the potential for another mess. Will keep you posted.
Even with all this going on, we found some time to enjoy a few wintry reads! Score!
Happy Monday, friends!
-Kate @ BTBL
We are three generations that seek a way to get back to basics. It’s not that we eschew technology, but sometimes simpler is better, especially in raising our children. Mom was a reading teacher, Amanda is an early childhood educator and Kate a children’s literature specialist and former school librarian along with the latest additions, a daughter (now 5) for Kate, and two sons (now 3 and 1) for Amanda. We advocate reading aloud, the simple toys that use imagination and encourage creativity and learning in the kitchen, which can be a fun mess but also teaches life skills. Join us in raising healthy, happy, inquisitive and intelligent children.
We are mom Sandra and daughters Amanda and Kate, all with backgrounds in literacy and education, who want to share our philosophy of taking the basics of life; books, simple toys that encourage play, imagination and creativity, and using cooking and baking to teach math and real life skills to raise happy, inquisitive children. Join us in exploring the old and the new and sifting through the myriad of research to consider what is best for our children.