Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ushering in a new season.

Today is the first day of spring. It is a happy occasion, and the sun is brightening up this house yet again. Outside, however, there is a strong wind and the temperature is a little brisk compared to how spoiled we have been this year. But that's okay.

Despite the cheery look of the sun lighting the bedrooms, hall and living room, the atmosphere in this house today is not awesome. I guess it's going to be one of those days with my oldest, and in all honesty, I just don't have the energy to deal with it today. He dumped a whole box of Mini-Wheats on the floor this morning. And when I say a whole box, I mean it was literally bought yesterday and opened this morning. I was extremely upset, due to the absolute waste of money. You'd think I'd be used to this by now, but I just can't adjust to having whole boxes of brand new cereal poured out and rendered inedible. This one was at least one of those pathetic, skinny boxes and not a bulk one, like what we have seen dumped in the past. But still. I could have handled it, despite my extreme frustration, but then he refused to clean up the mess. Mini-Wheats are not hard to pick up because of their size, so I could have done it myself, but that didn't seem right. I mean, he dumped them, so shouldn't he be responsible to deal with the mess? Amid all the individual "biscuits", as they call them on the box, there was also a healthy pile of the crushed stuff that always settles to the bottom of each box. When I told Cody he would be cleaning up the mess, he informed me in less than civil terms that he would be doing no such thing and that it was my problem.

I must say, I am not very patient these days. Maybe I never am, I'm not sure. But in this pregnancy I find myself very short-tempered and I don't handle that kind of back-talk very well. I have terrible sciatic pain this morning and having trouble walking without a ridiculous limp. I just do not have the stamina to take down the little leader of the pack. So I have to wonder how the rest of my day is going to go. I know there will certainly be no TV, which guarantees me a more difficult day. I don't often allow TV anymore, but sometimes it is a nice way to wind them down, particularly if I need to be working on making supper. Or even if I need to have a nap, which would be quite nice today. I don't think that's going to happen. I suppose my best hope is to kick them outside for a lengthy time this afternoon and put Micah down in his crib for a quiet time. We'll see how that goes.

And just for the sake of recording this for history, I must mention that yesterday, my dear middle child, Jamie, took it upon himself to remove ALL of his clothing (which was full of burrs) and traipse around outside buck naked. Not even a sock or shoe remained. Not even a hat. Nope. The last official day of winter, and he was grinning at me like it was the best time of his life, running around without a stitch of clothing on. In March. Lucky for him it was pretty warm out, though not as warm as the day before. I tried to get after him and tell him it was not funny, but in truth, it really was. It also served as yet further confirmation of why we do NOT live in the city. Or even in a small town. Or anywhere with neighbours or a clear line of vision to the road. Boys can be very uncivilized. I only have one nudist though...so far. We'll see what this next one will be like. I'm hoping for calm and sweet. Haha. I guess time will tell.

Anyway, it is time to sign off. My internet is not working properly today for reasons unknown. I'm guessing it has to do with the wind, because it's our provider who is having the difficulty. I will try posting this and see if it works.

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