Having the past five days off was really great. I was able to kick into “mom-mode” with Megan. Wednesday was spent baking and getting ready for Thanksgiving on Thursday. Megan wrapped all the Christmas presents I had for Jeff. We checked what time the Pro Shop would be opening so she could drop off her bowling ball to be plugged and redrilled. Took it there that afternoon.
Thanksgiving was spent at Jeff’s dad. His sister and her family came in from South Carolina.
Friday started at 9:00AM – we didn’t do the crazy shopping runs, but we did have a few things we needed to pick up.
We started by dropping off a prescription to be filled. Then we drove by our WalMart and noticed the parking lot was not packed so we stopped off there. I found all the electronic stuff I needed to for the HDTV there so it negated at trip to Best Buy (thank goodness!!!). Megan learned a lesson in doing the right thing. She found a brand new unopened “War of the Worlds” DVD (one she had been wanting) in a shopping cart when she put ours in the “corral”. She wanted to keep it – I said no, it’s got to be taken back inside in case the person who bought it comes back for it. She grumbled a little but we did it.
In the middle of our person meyhem – Jeff calls. All I could hear were sirens – LOUD sirens. At first I thought he was playing a video game. Then I heard “house” “fire” – I responded “WHAT?” Then I heard “neighbor’s” “house” “fire”. Finally I got the info – the new neighbor’s house across the street was on fire and it was pretty bad. I asked if evreyone was okay – they were but the house could no longer be lived in.
After that we headed to Michael’s to find a frame for the Holy Water Font “project”. Found most everything we needed except burlap. So we had to go to Hancock Fabrics for burlap. Back into the traffic. Jeff tried to call me with an update but I was too busy in the traffic – I called him back after I parked the car.
We got the burlap and then headed to PetsMart to get a new feather toy for KittyBoy. Megan picked out something that looked like an animal skin. I got it and a new feather with pole.
Figured we had killed enough time so we could get back into our driveway. We stopped off to pick up the prescription and I asked Megan if she wanted to drive home. We changed sides, she made all her mirror adjustments and we headed into the residental area. She had a few problems with stopping short and swinging too wide on turns but we made it home in one piece. All in all she did good.
Saturday we ventured out to the high school parking lot where I had her practice pulling in to the line and keeping the car in between the lines. I had her get out and look at the lines. She got out each time to look and check. As she got better pulling both forward and backing up I had her imagine that she was at a mall looking for a parking spot. She did pretty good. On the way home we checked to see if the Pro Shop was open so she could pick up her ball. It was so we went back to the house and got her bowling bag and shoes. After she got her ball she bowled a game with it – I told we’d go bowling Sunday so she could practice more with it.
Sunday we did our normal grocery shopping run. Megan had picked up a beginners knitting kit but it frustrated her too much to try. She went to look for something new to try – she found an “inexpensive” ($14) sewing machine and bought a quilting project. I’m afraid she’s going to be frustrated with the machine – wish I could afford to get her one or at least one for me that she could use.
We went bowling at noon. Megan got to see her friend Jason for a few minutes while we were there. I noticed she was flattening out the ball instead of coming out the side – once she made that adjustment she started rolling a nice ball. Since she was working so hard to learn how to relax her hand with the new drilling I tried bowling with my left hand for the second and third game. What a hoot – I have zero muscle memory for bowling lefthanded.
Still trying to work on her being more appreciative of what her father gives her – gosh $150 a week to live on. Granted she is living alone in “his apartment” and has to do her own grocery shopping but I know familes of 5 that live on that much a week.
But all in all it’s been so much fun being in Mom-Mode