- My arms are not in the shape that they used to be. Being pregnant and on restrictions of how much weight that I can lift led to serious degradation of my arm muscles.
- Our weed whacker packs more of a punch than I was accounting for.
- I tend to just focus on a task and go and go til I can't go anymore.
Overall I am super happy with all the flowers this year. Our bee balm and cone flower area is filling in very nicely We had to remove an ash tree there last year and they have nearly surrounded where the stump is. The geranium there is over two feet across and the lungwort has started cropping up down in the stone wall which is kinda fun. Josh suggested removing our stone retaining wall but I pointed out that chipmunks live in it and frankly I love watching the little guys. He agreed this is a good reason to keep the stone wall but we do need to make some repairs. The people who set it up initially did a crappy job and didn't build a wood framework first or do any kind of planning. Kind of the story of anything that was done after it was built. I put some hollyhock seeds in last year and they did almost nothing. Josh thought they were weeds and didn't believe me that they weren't. This year, they did this:
Another thing I keep meaning to blog about but constantly forget every time is that I signed up for a service to have products delivered to us from The Honest Company. I think their name is hilarious, but I found them through Zulily and tried their detangler. I was looking for something a bit more in line with the types of products we like to buy than Johnson & Johnson and I totally fell in love with it. It smells freaking amazing, like an orange creamsicle, and it works amazingly well on both my and Maegwin's hair. Having fine hair but a lot of it often means that products weigh my hair down but this stuff doesn't. We then moved on to trying their combo body wash and shampoo and their conditioner and I love both of those as well. We do the bundle and I usually get two conditioners and two body washes and their bubble bath each month and that sets us up for personal care products. So nice to not have to go buy those things, plus whenever we went to Target for cleaning products we inevitably bought other stuff that we didn't really need so I think it saves us money that way as well. Something else we got that has been a total hit is the dish brush and soap dish combo. Remember how washing dishes used to be fun? No? Just me? Well this set made me almost love washing dishes again...almost. It had the unexpected but totally welcome side effect of making Maegwin want to help wash dishes.
Things we have tried that I didn't really care for are the dishwasher detergent (it didn't really do a good job of cleaning dishes-we use Seventh Generation and like it better) and the baby bottom wash (we make our own with olive oil, water, tea tree oil, and baby soap and again like it better). Your mileage may, of course, vary.
I've also been working at some other hand crafts besides knitting. We made a garden stone together with both kids' hand prints. I'd like to do one each year so that I have a path of them as they grow.
I also managed to put together one card during a nap time and snack time combo.
Kids are up so I leave you with these pictures of my little monkeys and I will blog another time about our California family visit which was short but lovely.