Wednesday June 09th 2010, 7:47 AM
Filed under: happy,kids,other shit,questions

Peppy Prepping

Getting ready for Graduation-pictures, party and the arrival of family-is a huge  undertaking.

When Son1 graduated, we weren’t so rushed. He wanted to wait for his party until the very end of June, because he was leaving for the Army. We chose a date midway and held a ‘graduation/going away’ party. Family was all there, but nearly all of his cousins were younger than he was. None was married or had any kids.

When Son2 graduated, we had a Party. (Notice the ‘capital P’) We had doubts that he would finish school at all so it truly was a celebration. By that time, the oldest of the cousins were beginning to have families of their own. Our house was full, but we were blessed with gorgeous weather. We prepared by clearing some bushes that were lining the back yard. The house was cleaned from top to bottom. I still watched kids in the daytime so the house cleaning was a massive undertaking.

Now that Babygirl is graduating, Hubs has finally moved his ass on getting rid of the dead hedges from the front of the house.  I am repainting the bathroom (slowly but surely!)  And the house cleaning?  I have taken a room a day and I am very happy with my efforts. I have gotten rid of things that I had previously just pushed aside. I started things early enough that I can work, take a day off, work some more, take another day off, etc.  This is the way my life should have been for a long time.

The odd thing is that I have energy. Normally, I would get up in the morning, have some coffee and lay in bed to watch two hours of “Reba”.  Then I’d get in the shower and procrastinate on whatever job I had planned for the day.  When all was said and done, my house looked the same when I went to bed at night.

For some reason, now I get up and have coffee- no “Reba” or “Frazier”.  I skip the shower, jump into clothes and begin my day. The washer churns with laundry and curtains. The dishwasher is running full. The vacuum is running and all day, I run up and down the basement stairs, switching out the washer and dryer or just putting away boxes of stuff pulled out of closets.

By the time I begin to get tired, my back is telling me to quit. Two ibuprophen and a hot shower later, I am good as new. Dinner is done and look around my house with satisfaction.

But the question still remains: Where did the energy come from? I didn’t have nearly as much when I prepped for Christmas.  Sometimes I think that the day after the party, I will crash….hard.

Well, until that day comes, I’ll just enjoy my days full of honest, hard work. I’ll relish my day off in between, when I just watch movies or read a book.

And maybe I’ll do more writing…….


  1. Sybil Law said:

    on June 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    I must’ve caught the peppy from you, then!!
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  2. Metalmom said:

    on June 9, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    SybilLaw-I am definitely not complaining. I just wish I could bottle up half for those days when I’m too tired to pull up my own socks!

  3. Coal Miner's Granddaughter said:

    on June 9, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Um, could I borrow some of that energy for a couple of days? I’m tired just reading this!
    Coal Miner’s Granddaughter´s last blog post ..Three Kids Under Blank

  4. Metalmom said:

    on June 9, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    CMG-Oh I know it won’t last very long. Once we have our party, I’ll lose my incentive. I just know it. I need to focus on another goal!

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