I have been battling sore throat and dry hacking cough for two days now which baffles me since all the rain we had over the weekend seemed to clear much of the pollen away. Anyway, I tell you all that to let you know that today’s post is strictly about motherhood and one area in particular, emptying out the nest. This time next year, I’ll have a similar post but with much more emotion as we prepare for David to graduate and move into college life.
I have had a couple of inspirations for today’s post. Make sure you read all the way down because I’m going to have a request at the end. Please don’t skip to the bottom. : ) Somebody just did that. STOP!
At the top of today’s post is a picture of the annual dirty bird nest that shows up in that same spot on our front porch year after year. We call it the dirty bird nest because the bird that makes it does some kind of mud/dirt concoction to bind the straw together. Last year, we decided to leave it up so she wouldn’t have to work so hard and be so messy this time. It seemed to help her greatly and kept the building debris at bay.
To the left is a picture of an egg that Robert found in our backyard after Friday’s rain. We’re not sure where the nest was that housed this egg, but some poor mama bird is wondering where her baby is. That makes me kind of sad. It’s a tiny egg, about 3/4 of an inch in length. I suggested we try to put it in the dirty bird’s nest, but that suggestion didn’t “fly” as Rob considered the dirty bird might reject it.
All that to introduce the fact that Robert and his roommate, Tyler, have been rejected from a dorm room at UGA because there just isn’t enough room for them on campus. Their system for finding students housing is frustrating. Finally, when Robert and Tyler realized they were too far down on the list and they didn’t want to pay non-refundable deposits for an appointment where they would learn there wasn’t enough space, they took the matter to the streets and have found housing off-campus in an apartment complex for students.
Don’t tell them, but if necessary, we are prepared to move in with them. The amenities are wonderful (gym, tanning bed, volleyball net, washer/dryer in the apartment, furniture, stove, dishwasher, disposal, microwave, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, tiny porch, living room, dining area, free breakfast on Friday mornings, pool, water, cable, wi-fi hotspots….). The best part? It’s less expensive than living on campus! Yea!
And so, I think it’s a good thing I’m not going to be teaching Bible study throughout the summer. I’m going to be teaching Robert how to cook since he won’t be taking advantage of the mealplan on campus.
Here’s the request as we prepare to push Robert a bit further from this nest into one of more independence, RECIPES! Yes, I want recipes of simple dishes or even menu suggestions for Robert that meet the following criteria:
- Cost conscious with ingredients that are usual rather than exotic
- Feeds him once or twice
- If it feeds him more than once, then can it be frozen for later?
- Simple meal ideas
- Healthy (gets in the veggies and the lean protein)
- Have no recipes, but lots of helpful suggestions? Send those in, too.
- Cookbook recommendations? Send those in, too!
Don’t let us down! Make my summer job a bit easier. Thanks!