Our kids are pretty clucking amazing. One is grown, married to a lovely individual, and they are both missed on a daily basis. Although they aren’t living here, they are part of the love that propels us forward and motivates us to carve out a better world. They contribute to our vision with their generosity and kindness. So, “C” and “S”, we love you! 🧡🧡🧡🧡
But today, I’m not writing about the twenty-somethings in my life. I am writing about the teenager. Do you have one of those? Teenagers have the unfortunate reputation of loafing around, playing video games, and eating all the food in the house. And, while that is probably true of many teens at least some of the time (and, lets be honest – adults too!), teens can also be productive and helpful around the home and yardstead. I bet you didn’t see that coming!
Am I about to brag about my kid? Yes. Is she actually worthy of this praise? Absolutely.
Here’s what she has been up to lately:
- Landscaping – She has been making an effort to beautify every ugly spot in the yard. This included staining the playscape earlier in the season, clearing the hose storage area of weeds and dead plants, and putting stone and mulching hay down to prevent more weeds from popping up in areas where we don’t want them. She also created lovely garden beds in various locations around the yard where she has planted or will plant flowers.
- Interior decorating – She enjoys creating beauty inside as well as outside. Earlier this year, she had a vision for the bathroom. She wanted to add curtains in place of the ugly shades and I happily gave her the green light. She is creative and frugal, which results in affordable yet aesthetically pleasing spaces. Score! She made curtains out of old sheets we found at a second hand shop, created plants out of cuttings from her favorites, and she even whittled a curtain rod from a stick to create a certain rustic elegance to the room. She is still working on this project, but the area around the toilet is complete and looks great! (Pics in the gallery below)
- Creating body care products – we have been experimenting with using vinegar as a conditioning rinse for our hair. We stopped using commercial shampoo and conditioner months ago, and discovered that vinegar (especially apple cider vinegar) is a passable alternative to commercial conditioners. Our teen did some research, and discovered that dandelions and violets can be used to enhance white vinegar. It is still steeping (I think she said that it needs a couple of weeks) but I am looking forward to giving it a try.
What an amazing contribution she makes to the yardstead and our lives! I walked into the bathroom several times yesterday just to look at her work. It is so different now! Everywhere I look in the yard I appreciate how her keen eye and hard work benefit us all.
This post is supposed to be about all the work she does around the house and yardstead, but she is pretty busy with a lot of other things as well. She is a great student (Honestly – her teacher just gushes about her!), an avid reader, an artist, and a great friend to all.
So – thank you “A”! Thank you for being awesome, compassionate, loving, and helpful. Thank you for sharing your creativity and putting sweat equity into our home and yardstead! You are loved and appreciated!
Have a clucking super day, everyone!
~ The Yardsteaders