March is certainly not going out like a lamb here in southeastern Arizona. The winds, they are a blowin’! We are under a wind advisory this afternoon and tonight, with gust up to 50 mph forecasted. It seems like the wind blows a lot here. It makes for good drying weather, if you can keep the clothes pinned to the clothes line. And that leads to my big news for March: I finally have a washing machine! After months of looking, comparing models and trying to decide whether to buy a really cheapie one in the belief that we’ll just leave it here whenever we move again or buy a really good model with all the bells and whistles and plan to take it with us wherever we move, whenever we move, we finally decided to compromise. So, we spent more money than we would have liked, but much less than we could have spent, and I now have a washing machine. No more trips to the Laundromat! Hurray!! I can now wash a load a day, hang it out on the line, where it dries in about an hour, and thus have my Saturday’s totally free. That might mean some longer day trips on Saturdays in the coming weeks.
March has been a tough month for me emotionally. Munchkin’s birthday was March 7th and this is the first year since her birth that I have not been able to celebrate her birthday with her. She turned four! Can you believe it? Here’s a picture of her with me just a few minutes after her birth:
And here are a couple pictures from her “princess” birthday party:
Munchkin is on the right and her friend is on the left.
So, the beginning March was difficult, but as the month went on, something seemed to ease within me. Maybe it’s just that enough time has passed since we left Tallahassee (six months now) that I am finally becoming more adjusted to this major life change of not having any of the children around. Or maybe it’s just that Munchkin’s birthday passed, I survived, I know she’s doing well, and life goes on. Or maybe it is just that the weather is warmer, the sun is shining more and I those two things always make me happier. Whatever it is, I am definitely coping better, not tearing up every time I think about how far away the kids and Munchkin are or think about how long it has been since I saw them.
I am looking forward to April. I have many items on April’s “to do” list, so many that I am really uncertain where to begin or in what order to begin. Maybe I need a dart board to help sort it all out!