being seen when you don’t want to be seen (today, so far)


We talk about the weather in January, and did you know that pretty much the whole USA is cold today? It’s 10 degrees here, what is it in your “neck of the woods?”

Rich wore suspenders (with dress pants, dress shirt, and tie) to work for the second day in a row and my does he look snazzy!

I started a fire in the fireplace today after going out and daintily gathering 10 of our smallest logs off the wood pile.

Do you have any idea what happens when your husband and teenage boys neglect to take the garbage to the road for 2 weeks? And meanwhile, Christmas came with all the packaging and wrapping paper happened, too? ย With a family of nine, it piles up. My poor porch has been a temporary garbage holding place and I have been BUGGED.

Thankfully, they got it out last night, the garbage truck went by this morning and (because I was bugged) I asked David and Caleb to bring the empty, big, lidded cans back to the house and push them right up to the steps so I could clear my porch. We live on a typically quiet road but it runs kind of close to the house. As soon as the boys left for school, I went outside to throw all the trash bags into the empty cans….and wouldn’t you know it, JUST as I was getting IN a can to jump up and down (they were quickly filling up) a car went by very slowly, and then a bus parked down below (why?), and the next door neighbor, and another, went by very slowly, as I was IN the can. I couldn’t “smile and wave” so I ignored them and *pretended* to be fully concentrated on my job. It was so cold I didn’t blush (couldn’t). My porch is clean now, all except for a big huge box. We have no room left in the cans for this week’s garbage…….

Ethan called to tell me that he forgot his wrestling stuff and could I get it to him before 2? I don’t like having to bundle up Seth and Sarah and take them out into the cold for a 10 minute trip to school….but since I had to do it, I did it right away. I was wearing stretch pants, no make up, pony tail and my bangs were pulled straight back with a bobby pin. I looked pretty ugly but I put on a loud kid’s music cd (from Eli) and went through the drive-thru at Dunkin Donuts to get us some treats only to find that my window was frozen securely shut. I had to pull around out front and actually go in, in all my hideousness. Two chocolate creams and an apple n’ cinnamon, and a chocolate latte. Seth and Sarah Joy LOVED their donuts (I usually always get them plain because I try not to give them too much sugar).

I really wanted my donut, too, but then I got to thinking, “Ethan would be so surprised if I slipped this into his bag and he found it when he got to wrestling practice.” “But it will only REWARD him for being forgetful.” “Well, just this once. I’ll talk to him about it later. I have quite enough calories with this latte.”

Decidedly, I rolled down the top of the donutย bag and put it in his string bag, right on top of the shoes.

I had a nice little chat with the school secretary and then I was on my way.

When I got back home I put the preschoolers to bed and now I’m enjoying the fire and a quiet house. I went out to get the mail at 1pm wearing my slippers and bright red fuzzy robe and ….. you guessed it, the mail lady went back through just as I got out there.

But that time I did smile and wave.

14 thoughts on “being seen when you don’t want to be seen (today, so far)

  1. This is how it always goes! You see everyone you know when you’re not prepared and then when you look great you see no one. Like it never happened. I wish I could see his face when he sees the donut. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Ten degrees is about the coldest temperature I’ve ever experienced (in college in Bryn Mawr, PA). Southern California is about the only place in the country (oh, well, Hawaii, of course) that isn’t unreasonably cold — it’s 63 right now, and that feels cool compared to the near 80 degree weather we’ve been having! We’ll suffer for that, though, as we’re into the 3rd year of severe drought.

  3. We actually made it to 0 degrees this morning and many celebrated. (Schools been cancelled two days due to the bitter temps) I am anxious to get the chickens out back where they belong, instead of in the garage right next to my bedroom. They crow a lot. We are slowly warming up today thankfully. The sun is out.

    I always get packages on the days where I decided to stay in my PJ’s.

    • I like hearing about your chickens. I imagine they must be noisy if you have more than one rooster. We had a rooster once but it got too mean. I let mine go out today, they like to taste the snow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. We are at a 23 degrees this morning. Lol. For us that’s cold! Your post made me laugh a good hearty laugh! I’m sooo glad someone else can relate. I would of waved. I would of felt too akward not to! Oh mercy! Thanks for the laugh! Keep warm!:)
    Christina gomez

  5. As Janet says, it is warm here. Too warm, and dry. I am so tired of hot desert winds that stir up my allergies, but then I think of everyone who is seriously cold and some with power out and realize I should not complain!
    I totally agree that it is one of those unwritten laws that you will see people when you look terrible, but not when you are dolled up. Bob helped get all the trash into the truck and cans last week for the neighbors. I wondered how they would learn that everything has to be in the the special can if Bob always helps…but he serves them…they have 4 children and lots of Christmas trash. He talked the garbage man into lifting a big box of stuff up on the truck instead of in a can…then it got stuck and spilled on the street so he had to sweep it up.
    So glad to hear you finish by your lovely fire, though that cute face looking over the donut is a huge reward! You are a great mom!

  6. Awwww… ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s so sweet that you gave up your donut as a surprise for Ethan. That’s one of those things he’ll look back at later in life and remember feeling loved by his Mama.

    I laughed all the way through your tale of the garbage and you not looking quite your best at the Donut Drive-thru and having to go inside. That is the way things usually go for me, too.

    We are at 48 right now in South East Texas. Yesterday, it was in the 30’s during the day/20’s at night,and felt bitter cold. There is something about the cold here in Texas that makes it feel colder than it did in Arkansas. Maybe it’s the humidity that makes it feel so much colder. At any rate, it’s highly unusual for us here in SE Texas to have a freeze. I heard on the radio that 95% of the United States has freezing temps today!

  7. This made me smile. I’ll admit when I take school kids in the mornings, I’m not always too presentable either and I always hope I don’t have to get out for some reason. :/ It was 9 degrees here early this morning. Pretty cold for these southern parts!

  8. Awe you should have taken a picture of yourself after all that..I guess the pictures you described yourself the way you look in my mind will do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ funny story though! Can only imagine! Hehee.

  9. HAA!! This makes me laugh. The other day I swung through Dunkin Donuts and was horrified to realize that my window was frozen shut, as I was wearing a big brown sloppy sweater on top and bright aqua fuzzy pants with flip flops and I HAD TO HAVE my steamed milk with caramel flavoring!!! I decided to just open my door, and this provided less exposure than marching inside. ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. The frozen window at the drive thro sounds like something that would happen to me too. :/

    How SWEET to leave your Ethan a surprise donut!

    I sure do enjoy reading your blog.

    Stay warm!

  11. Isn’t that the way it always goes?! If I want visitors, I just stay in my pajamas all day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not really, but it always feels like the days I don’t get dressed early are the days people stop by!

    How sweet to leave a doughnut. Maybe he’ll forget his wrestling stuff again, but he will always remember how you left him a doughnut. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re a thoughtful mom.

    Today is Thursday, but Tuesday when you asked the temperature in our area it was a high of -8. It was -40 with the windchill. My kids play outside every single day, but Monday and Tuesday I kept them inside….they weren’t too happy about that! Tomorrow is supposed to be 36 and rain! Like you said…January is a month to talk about the weather.

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