Yes, what a difference!
When I posted this crazed rant yesterday, I was in a dither due to post-holiday disorder in my house. When my house is in a dither, so am I.
But I did "get back to work"...and amazingly enough, it did not take me 31 days to get it all back together.
I came up with a stategy. Stop flitting all over the place, from one untidy mess to another, and just tackle one spot at a time. I also enlisted help. (Great idea, Vee!)
First, I planned to eat, because if I didn't do that first, it might be too late to make preparations.
|Sausage Bean Chowder (recipe at the very bottom of ~this post~)
and Sister Schubert's® whole wheat rolls
Then Kati and I tackled Mount Dish-more while Bekah worked on her math.
After the math lesson, we all did a Ten Minute Tidy. (Remember, that's thirty minutes worth of tidying with three of us working together!)
By this time, I could feel calm returning. Now that many areas were tamed, I could look around and see what else needed doing.
I did some read alouds with Bekah, and taught her science lesson, and then...guess what! Another Ten Minute Tidy!
Then we set about the pleasant business of decorating...a different runner on the table, some new candles placed, a simple mantle display...
Today, I got out this tray that Ron and I made years ago (he made it; I painted it)
...and stocked it with tea supplies to cozy up our winter.
A beautiful collection of instrumental hymns is playing in the CD player, the scent of a cinnamon roll candle is filling the air, and pork ragu is simmering on the stovetop.
And it didn't take 31 days! :-)