I worked for a bit at the library this morning and was thinking on the way home about my oldest son. In going through my house trying to tidy up I found several letters from organizations and people who complimented me on my son's volunteerism. He worked at charitable events even before high school. I'm going to give him the letters when I get to NY, and hope he is inspired to encourage his two sons to eventually do volunteer work. It was a bit different in the old days when everything was close enough for a kid to rid their bike or walk to most events. Now they have to be driven everywhere - for distance as well as safety reasons.
I've been working on the kitchen, although technically I'm supposed to be purging and tidying up paper. My brain works differently and doesn't do well when required to go in long sequences. I can't believe how a little bit of discipine in throwing things out, plus a reorganization of what is left, has given me empty drawers in every room, including the kitchen!
Even with all the progress that has been made, it is only visible behind closet and cabinet doors and in drawers, but in general it still looks like my house had a collision with a train! It will all come together eventually, and I am feeling really good about myself in the meantime.
My 3rd (out of 5) brother, his wife, their daughter and baby grandson are here on their way from a trip to L.A. back home in the north. My niece's husband flew because he couldn't take the time off work to do all the stopping and visiting along the way. We had dinner at Jeannie's last night - Donald made chateubriand, baked potatos, asparagus, french bread (toasted with cheese and seasonings), and a wonderful blueberry cobbler with whipped cream topping. I think he could easily get into catering in addition to his baking business. What an absolute genius the man is! Tonight we will see the visitors one last time at Steve's house. I thought I wouldn't go, but since I don't see my brother that often I feel like I shouldn't miss the chance. They are in the Seattle area, which is too far for me to drive. It was fun holding a baby again, and fun to hand him back!
I need to get ready as I'm going to catch a ride with Jeanne and Donald across town to Steve's. I've driven there before, but as it requires driving the freeway through town I just can't bring myself to do it any more. I have done a pretty good job of driving home from Jeannie's in the dark the past few times I've been over there. There is hardly any traffic after the rush hour subsides.
A Journey of Self Discovery - Day 2
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