We had a really great time with my parents, who hit the road back to North Carolina last Sunday morning. My mom was here for 10 days and my dad joined us for the last two. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again — I really, really enjoy spending time with my parents. I was sad when they left and the house seemed a lot quieter for the rest of the day. Things did go back to “normal” as the work week arrived and we got back into our usual routine…but I still wish we didn’t live 1,000 miles apart and we could see each other more often.
(On a related note, I came across this post and it made me want to burst into tears. It’s hard to explain, so you should just go read it, but the bottom line is that since I don’t live in the same city as my parents or siblings, I have already spent more than 90% of the days I will ever spend with them in my entire life. Waaaaaah!)
While she was here, my mom mentioned that she had a quilt up in the attic made by my great grandmother. My eyes got wide — she had never said anything about this before! I asked if I could have it, so she was able to direct my dad to the right box and he brought it with him later in the week. We don’t know exactly when it was made, but my mom guessed sometime in the 50s. Look at all those tiny hexies! And it’s entirely hand-sewn! It has a few stains on it, so I need to investigate how to properly clean those without damaging the quilt. I’m so excited to have it!
Today’s a flex day for me, and I’m planning to spend some time this afternoon working on the January prompt for this year’s One Little Word workshop. I’ve picked my word and I think it’s gonna be a good fit for me this year!
At Charlotte’s 15 month checkup in late December, her pediatrician recommended that we take her for a consultation with an ENT to check on her hearing and the fluid in her ears. She’s lagging a bit in her verbal development — nothing too alarming, but definitely in the “below average” category. There have also been a couple times when, if speaking softly, I don’t think she hears me.
She’s had a couple ear infections in the last few months, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn that her hearing is muffled from fluid buildup that just hasn’t cleared. We’re seeing the ENT on Monday, and I’m anticipating a possible recommendation that she get ear tubes.
Emma got tubes at 13 months, so we’ve been down that road before…and honestly, those tubes were exactly what she needed. If they are likely to be a similar “quick fix” for Charlotte — both for the ear infections and the improved hearing that goes along with getting that fluid out — I’m totally onboard.
We’ll find out more on Monday.
Houston had its first (only?) freeze of the winter a week ago and it got as low as 26 degrees at my house. 26!! That is freaking cold for Houston, y’all, and my yard is showing the effects. Turns out the lush, tropical vibe we inherited when we moved in last August doesn’t fare so well below freezing and there are wilted, sad-looking plants everywhere. I’m actually mostly happy about this — yard work is wayyyy down my priority list and I prefer to take a “survival of the fittest” approach. But now we’re going to have to spend some time clearing out dead plants or cutting stuff back to the root.
Ah, the joys of home ownership.