Thursday, April 5, 2012

Over Did It!

If you have been a reader for awhile, you may already know that about me.  I tend to over do it.  I get on a roll, and I just keep going and going, and going.  Forgetting that I am not in my twenties anymore.  Or thirties...or forties for that matter!!!  Then, it happens.  I pay for it dearly.  I hit that point last night.  Greg plays softball on Wednesday nights.  So after Noah left, I went outside and worked until dark.  In the past few days I have moved countless wheelbarrows of soil.  I removed ivy that had become entangled into one our orange trees, and and pruned the same tree.  I removed a dead entangled grape vine from an arbor.  I weeded 42 roses in the area that surrounds our home.  I planted three garden boxes, and several containers.  I cleaned the patio and removed several things, and added several others.  Switched out the furniture on patio outside our bedroom with some that was out front.  And now, I can barely move.   Sheesh...I hate when I do that!!!  When will I ever learn?
Yesterday, I had my two granddaughters come over to do a craft with Noah and I.  My girlfriend Denise had made me some darling chicks in egg shells, using the eggs that I had given her from my girls.  I loved them and have been saving eggs shells to do this with the grands.  We sat out on the back patio and crafted away.

I thought Clairey might be too young to do this because when I showed her the one that my friend Denise made for me, she squished it!!  But she did great, and I explained that she had to be very gentle when holding the shells.

They had so much fun making their little chick eggs.  After we were done, they went out to the yard and found flowers (weeds) to put on their little egg shell hats.

The girls took some home, and we still have a bunch left.  I put them in my pretty blue ceramic Anthro dish that Gennifer gave to me.
I think that they look like they are singing in the choir it this shot!
Later on the afternoon Jake brought them back over with some GRUBS in a jar that they found when tilling their garden box soil.  Hannah knew that the chickens would LOVE those juicy treats!
Noah couldn't wait to show the girls this pile of dirt.  I think he thinks that we ordered it for him to play in!!!
The first thing Hannah said was, "Can we get in it?" 
I took these sweet photos of Clairey with her Daddy.  They melt my heart.

Then a little peck on the cheek.
I just love to watch Jake with his girls.  It reminds me so much of my husband with our two daughters.  Our girls are exactly two years apart, just like Hannah and Claire.  Greg was always so loving and patient with them.  Daddy's little girls even today.   I also had a very special relationship with my dear Dad!  I am the only girl, and I can remember so many special things he did that made our relationship special.  He was my knight in shining armour!!  When I was 13 my Dad gave me a little gold flower ring.  In the center was a little tiny diamond.  He said he wanted me to receive my first diamond ring from the first man in my life.  I  have cherished that ring my whole life.  On the morning of my wedding, he came into my room with a small box.  It was a gold necklace with a locket.   The locket had a diamond on the front of it.  He said that he wanted to give me something to wear today.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was wearing a long summer weight striped robe, and we were sitting on the foot of my bed.  He put the necklace on me, and  then I will never forget what he said after that.  He said, "It's not too late to change your mind honey.  Anything you decide is okay with me."  How I loved that man!!  He treated my mother like a queen, every day.  And he was my hero.  The best gift that parents can give to their children, is to have a loving relationship with each other!!!!   My brothers and I received that gift.  And I think that our children did too.
So, after all of the kids went home, I began to shovel dirt again.   About 100 wheelbarrows later, I took off my gloves, parked the wheelbarrow and went inside to get my camera.
Still that pile doesn't seem to be getting any smaller!
My roses have all been taken care of, and will thank me with beautiful bouquets.  I was struck at how pretty the moon was last night.  Did you see it too?
It was just getting dark and not so bright in this picture.  But boy was it a pretty moon! And so many starts last night too!!  I went inside and had a bowl of Crispix for dinner.  Took a hot shower after that, and then slipped into this hot tub of bubbling therapy for a good long soak.
Our pool was built in a time when they didn't put spas in automatically like today.   So a few years ago, I got the idea to take the space outside our bedroom, that was wasted space, and level it to make room for a spa.  This is my "secret garden."  It is a space I love.  It is a very private and quiet space, tucked up into the side of the yard.  We had the wall knocked out and put a french sliding door there so we could walk right out onto the patio.  I love to sit out there in the evenings and enjoy watching the birds.  I don't think I have ever posted photos of this space before.  I will soon.  After my long soak, I hit the hay.  Greg was just getting home about then, and it was all I could do to quickly ask how the game was, and then say "good night!"
Today, I am moving slowly.  And I think some Arthritis Tylenol is in my future!  We are meeting friends at Tom's Farms for lunch.  Should be a perfect day for that.
Tootle Loo.....
XO  Kris


Holly said...

Nope, we're not spring chickens anymore are we? However, the spring chicks that your girls made are precious. Love the story about your dad. If I had that spa I would be in it every single day. Enjoy your lunch!

Sinta Renee said...

Your post warmed my heart. What a wonderful dad you had and no wonder you miss him so much. The photos of your family are priceless. I love the idea of the chicks in the eggs. What a fun projects. Moving dirt however isn't a fun project but rewarding and after the tylenol kicked in, I am sure it was worth it!

Genn said...

If i had that spa I'd be in it every single day too. I want to get one so badly.

Loved the spring chicks crafts pics. The girls said they had a lot of fun doing that.

love the grubs pics too, that is so funny that hannah knew what they were and wanted to feed them to your chickens!

Kelli said...

Oh I love the craft you did with your grandkids....I may have to try something like that with my kiddos tomorrow.
Hope you feel better!

Anonymous said...

Overworking like that sounds like something I would do. I hope that you feel better soon. And those chicks are so cute.

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

It sounds like you got a lot accomplished. Sorry you are hurting. Whenever I do work like that I immediately take a Tylenol when I come in, that way the pain doesn't set in. Good thing you have the hot tub to soak in. Loved the little kids craft, so cute:)

corners of my life said...

I would say you more than over did it. A bit crazy!

by Teresa said...

Kris, you are simply amazing. You could run circles around anyone I know. But you do need to know when to quit and rest so you don't hurt yourself. I love hearing about the dads in your family. My hubby is a good dad and granddad too. My mom divorced my dad when I was 12 and so for many years I did not have much of a dad in my life. You are so lucky.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Debbie said...

How could you not be sore with ALL that you did?! In your 50's or not! You got soo much done. You are always so busy and energetic Kris! The chicks are just adorable. I bet the grands had a ball with that. What a wonderful, loving father you had. How blessed you were. I missed that in my life to tell you the truth, and how I would have loved it. Your right, it is one of the most important things we can give our kids. Hope you enjoyed your lunch today!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Everything is sure looking pretty! I actually like it when my bones ache from hard work! It's all worth it! LOVE the darling chicks your grandkids made! Sooooo cute and those worms, spoiling those chickens!

Happy Easter!

NanaNor's said...

Kris, Girl you make me feel like a slug-seriously, no wonder you're sore! I wouldn't be able to move for a week if I did everything you did. You will reap the rewards later though. Love the chicks your grands made-so cute. I still can't get over all you did. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow and a Happy Easter.
Hugs, Noreen

Lauri said...

I love the little chicks. What a perfect craft for the three kiddos. I agree with you about over doing it. I seem to think that I can still do what I have always done, after all, I'm still in shape. Unfortunately, like you, I feel it the next day. ugh!

Cozy Little House said...

The pics of father and daughter warm my heart. I never had a father. So this especially touches my heart. I do the same thing: OVERDO IT!

Whosyergurl said...

Kris, what a beautiful post. I love the story of your dad and love the photos of your son and his daughter. You are nuts like I am to hit a task so hard that you are so tired and can barely move, afterward. I do that, too!
Love your little craft!
xo, Cheryl

Anonymous said...

It's hard to keep a hard worker from overdoing! I'm older that you and believe me when I say I feel your pain, ha ha. Lately the aches and pains seem to pester me a bit more often. Arghh
Love love love the little eggshell crafts made by the sweet kiddos, so so cute.
Keep on soaking and resting and if you must, take the Tylenol, and feel all better! xo

Kerri said...

What a cute little Easter craft...the kids did a great job! I think the chicks look like they are all singing too!
I hope you take it easy the next couple of days...but knowing probably have a list of things to do!
Happy Easter weekend!

Mereknits said...

What a great time you are having with those beautiful grand kids, Love the story about your Dad, husband and son. You are very lucky. Great craft project. Take some time for yourself that does not involve a wheelbarrow.
Happy Easter,

Pammy Sue said...

Just exactly where do you get all that energy, girl?? I just don't have it. If I did, I would absolutely be unable to walk for a couple of days anyway! Tell me your secret for energy! Bottle some and send it to me! Anything! ;)

Nana Go-Go said...

I've often been known to be thrown about the dancefloor at Ceilidhs but have had to forego my ice skating since I fell and broke my wrist. My youngest sister, by 14 years, told me off and said it's about time I started acting my age. Well, in my head I'm pushing on for's just my body which is telling me otherwise! I'm tending to listen to it a bit more these days with the watchwords being 'Be Careful!
Those Grandbabies are absolutely adorable and I also get a real kick out of watching my youngest son and his daughter being Daddy and Daddy's Girl!
Joyous Easter to you.

Pam said...

The little chicks are so cute!

I love the stories of you & your daddy... what a great man!

I am sure you are sore after all of your hard work. Take it easy woman.

Jill said...

Those chicks are so adorable!

I would love to have a hot tub to relax in too! Enjoy!!


The Garden Bell - Kate said...

Too much fun with out me when playing with the pees...too cute...