A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

June Update

June.  Did we really think that 2020 would still be such a disaster in June?  I know I didn't.  Crazy.  Much like Grumman here, we've been doing a lot of laying around. 

I'm really pleased with how well Grumman eventually came around to the foster kittens.  Gives me hope that maybe next time will go even better.  I'm secretly hoping to eventually find him a sibling.  I think I want another long haired cat.  I love Grummy's floof.

Murphy, chewing on the plot of a cozy mystery... ironically enough, this book has a black & white cat on the cover.

 I fell in love with his Neapolitan paw pads, and his sweet purrsonality.

But all good things must come to an end, right?  Our foster kittens got big, and the time came for them to go back to SPCA for surgery and adoption. 

Eli's room got emptied out when he left in March.  We sort of restocked it a little to accommodate one of the adult children coming back home for a bit.

Paul built a bed, using a set of drawers we had in the garage.  I decided to donate my quilt to the guest room and update the bedspread in my room.  It's been almost 9 years.

Grumman gets a little weirded out by change, but he wasted no time in making himself at home on the new bedspread, once it was finally on, which was no easy feat, due to his "help."

I've ventured out to a little healthy grocery store that requires masks, as I feel more comfortable there than our regular, high volume, masks optional, grocery store.  In doing so, of course, I've discovered a few new foods.  They have pre-marinated, boneless chicken thighs.  This was the second flavor we tried, Baja, and these lil tacos were uh-mazing.  I cooked the meat in the instant pot until it was fork shred-able, and then we put it on a jelly roll pan and toasted it a little in the oven on broil.  Yumalicious.  Honestly, I'm not much of a cook.  Paul cooks fairly often, and Josiah does dinner semi regularly.  I'm more of a "defrost" than a cook.  But I made a mixed grain thing recently that I really liked, too, so I'm feeling kind of inspired lately.  I also found a Mexican soup mix that I added chicken and black beans to that turned out pretty good. 

So, yeah.  This was my Memorial Day weekend coordinating mask & nails.  Actually, I didn't leave the house all weekend.  This was taken Tuesday, when I went to the dentist.  My March appointment got cancelled, and when they called to reschedule it, I decided to go ahead and go in, because I'd popped a crown off the week before.  Otherwise, I would have been fine waiting.  I was the very first patient in 6 weeks for my hygienist.  It was an interesting visit.  Some people are more germ conscious than others. 

A few months ago, I had the kids at the school make paracord bracelets for Operation Gratitude.  Eli sent me this picture of the little pouch of goodies that he got right before getting on the plane to go from basic training to tech school.  Made me happy to see, in a roundabout way, the organization that we blessed, blessing another one of my boys.  (Sam got a package from them a couple years back, which is how I heard about them in the first place.)  I'd like to have the girls do letters to put into care packages. 

This pretty much sums up how Jack is spending his time.  Video games, Disney +, and peanut butter.  Aside from no school work, summer quarantine feels a lot like school year quarantine. 

Josiah did an art project with the girls.

Glitter pictures.

This was Josiah's hamburger.  Funny story.  After they were done, Josiah threw the glitter out the back door instead of pouring it into the trash.  Grumman likes to go out on the patio and roll a few times.  Let's just say, he had an extra sparkly personality that day. 

I was called into the girls' room, and greeted by a massive pile of stuffed animals. 

And then it moved!

The girls thought this was hilarious, and proceeded to bury Josiah in animals, too. 

I have more to share, but I better cut this off before it ends up being a mile long.  If you made it this far, whew!  :)  Stay safe out there. 


  1. The idea of your "extra sparkly" cat made me smile. Lots of quarantine layers have been lifted here, but not all of them, and the ones that they have in place seem odd to me.

    And your new bedspread is LOVELY!

    1. Yeah, our numbers are going up again. I'm really not feeling good about sending the kids to school in the fall. They haven't announced what The Plan for reopening schools will be yet, so we're just waiting to see what that is, and where the numbers are at then. :sigh:

      Thanks for the compliment on my new bedspread! Purple is my favorite color.