We have had another lazy day, which is great. Bruce didn’t leave until almost 4 this afternoon, which was a nice surprise. I thought he would leave this morning. He really seemed to enjoy just being here and hanging out.
He has to lose some weight and get back in shape quickly, and so he went for a long walk this morning. We have a great neighborhood for walking, despite the lack of sidewalks. There are a lot of interesting older houses to look at here.
I made French toast for Mother for breakfast, which is something we all love.
Bruce turned over my garden and cleaned it out for me, which was a huge help. I was tickled to see so many earthworms wriggling around when he turned up the soil. It’s good soil. I am going to start adding coffee grounds and eggshells, and other organic matter. I can’t manage full-on composting, but I will do what I can.
We went to a celebratory lunch at La Frontera, after Mother opened her gifts. Her main gift was a new purse and several new tops, including a fleece shirt.
Bruce had a chance to see how funny the kids are, when he took them with him shopping for Mother’s birthday gifts. Good thing I reminded him it’s today?! They had a blast in Sports Authority and Target.
My kids LOVE to go to Target, but I make them spend their own money for non-essential things. I am trying to instill in them a thriftiness and regard for money which I totally lack, despite being the child of a banker..
The kids walked up to the tennis courts and played around for a long time this afternoon. I firmly believe on nice days that kids NEED to get outside and run around, and play hard, and get sweaty. I think we have a generation of fat kids because the parents don’t make them get outside. So many of the new houses being built now are so swanky but they have NO yards. Bruce and I were saying how puzzling this is to us, that people will spend 300-500k on a house with no yard??!!
The kids played soccer in the backyard for a while, then came in when it was dark. It wasn’t really cold – somewhere in the 50’s, I think. Typical December day for Atlanta.
Lesleigh came over and spent some time with
us, but we decided to skip eating dinner out. We had a big meal at lunch. We
just ordered pizza for dinner, and the kids ate well.
After dinner, we watched Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. I needed to re-establish the routine. Dinner, movie, bed. Works for us.
Mother and I were talking before we went to bed, and we both agreed that Bruce seemed more happy and relaxed than we have seen him in a long time. I think perhaps going back in will help him turn a corner in his life. It will certainly change him. I’ve turned several corners in my life in the last few years – so hey, I am DONE with corners. Hopefully Bruce will find his direction again.