Friday, July 24, 2015

And then she said ... (miscellany)

(mostly written on Monday morning, sitting in my drafts folder since ... I am going to post because it's this or nothing!)

I had (have?) Big Plans this week to start a new habit. (Maybe because I've been reading this book?) I want to get up a smidge earlier--giving myself a half an hour before my kids usual wake time rather than my 10-15 minutes--and write letters and emails, keep in touch with those I love who are far away. (I love the old-fashioned-ness of letter-writing, but it is also immensely practical when one can't talk without multiple little hands and voices pulling at you and insisting on attention whenever you pick up the phone.) And then, caught up on all my correspondence, I would blog.

Welllll, getting up early. Such an easy resolution to make before you go to sleep, right? ;) Also it seems that getting up earlier entails going to bed earlier. Hm.


I think the moths are living in my air ducts.

One of the previous owners had a dog, and my theory is that they are munching happily on dog hair somewhere inaccessible. Or thriving in a bird nest in our chimney. Those are the only two explanations I can think of for why moths keeps fluttering through my living room and kitchen despite every last bit of everything having been vacuumed, laundered, etc. Repeatedly. As I work my way through the house I've even found them dead in my kitchen drawers. (And yes, they are CLOTHES moths in those drawers and in my bathroom, not pantry moths. I have double-checked more times than I can count.)

My house is very clean. I am very exhausted. I am going to call a professional sometime this week. I hope to avoid anything chemical; even exterminators say on their websites that this isn't a pest you generally spray for. The vacuuming, dry-cleaning, and baking of yarn should be enough. But it isn't.

And I am over this.

[Note: no moths spotted since Sunday. Fingers crossed. Will call exterminator if I see another one!!]

Happier things ... our fourth anniversary was last Thursday. :)

On Friday, my parents came over to spend the night with the kids, and we got away together, on our own, for the first night since having children! Keith planned it all and kept things a surprise. We stayed in a very nice hotel, had our pictures taken at the Point--the place in Pittsburgh where the three rivers meet, ate dinner at a nice restaurant, and watched a ballet. It was perfect and wonderful and I hope we do it again before another four years pass. :) It was also very nice to come back to where our children were waiting--to have that time to focus just on each other, to renew the roots of our love and then come back to its fruit.

It is not naptime. My children are happily wreaking havoc upstairs, and I have another room to vacuum (sigh). Until next time!


  1. THat is so so wonderful that you two got away for an overnight!! When we got to go for an overnight babymoon last spring it was pretty much the best thing ever. I'm praying that Lena becomes a super reliable night sleeper in the next couple months so we can do another overnight get-away...she's not quite ready for our anniversary, which is on Tuesday. Congrats, and hope you figure out the moths! That is so annoying!

    1. It really was wonderful! We definitely want to do it again before another four years pass. :)

  2. (second time trying to comment!) ... I do hope the moths are gone forever, for good!!! but I would get professional help if they return at this point but I am hoping with you!!!!

    so wonderful about the anniversary and surprise get away! so great! what a wonderful little treat for you both. God bless!!!

    1. I called the professionals, but we've decided to try one more thing ourselves ... we are going away for night and aerosol bombing our house. Hopefully that takes care of it!!

  3. I'm the same way on the early-to-rise thing: I love the idea of it, but can't seem to master going to bed any earlier than usual. :( Congratulations on your anniversary! What a wonderful way to celebrate it! I hope you get to do that again before too long!

  4. God grant you two many years! ♥ We've had moth problems before, I hope you can get them out!!!