A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Clutter, Clutter Everywhere

Poem: Be Thankful For…(the mess)

The mess to clean after Christmas because it means I
have been surrounded by friends.
The taxes I pay because it means that I’m employed.
The clothes that fit a little too snug because it
means I have enough to eat.
My shadow who watches me work because it means I
am out in the sunshine.
A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning
and gutters that need fixing because it means I have
a home.
All the complaining I hear about our government because
it means we have freedom of speech.
The space I find at the far end of the parking lot because
it means I am capable of walking.
My huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
The lady behind me in church who sings off key because
it means that I can hear.
The piles of laundry and ironing because it means I have
clothes to wear.
Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because
it means I have been productive.
The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because
it means that I’m alive.
Getting too much email bogs me down but at least I know I
have friends who are thinking of me.


Yesterday I was full of "vim and vinegar." I did all sorts of things. When I put away Christmas...I like to clean and polish every surface. I was busy most of the day...going up and down the stairs putting things in the basement. I fixed a nice meal at 3pm... of pork chops and scalloped potatoes. Then it hit me...I couldn't do any more. The plan for today was...put the things away downstairs and make my painting area tidy. I have a couple of painting projects that I want to do this winter...this will have to wait. I am still tired and achy today, so I will just take it easy. I hate this....I used to be able to work like crazy the whole week. Impatience with myself is something that I will have to deal with from now on. I am the most patient person with sitting in traffic, waiting in the Dr. office, waiting for food to cook (slow cooker), when my children were little...things like waiting for them to tie their shoes but today my impatience comes with my own body. Things I want to do...like in the old days....take days to complete sometimes. Joe and I both... some days...do a few things and then say, "That's it for today." and maybe it's about noon. I am impatient with the house being in limbo...with some Christmas left out and some halfway put away. Maybe the solution is to not put so much out next year. I could happily live with the tree in the living room, my little shelf over the sink decorated with my mementos from my kids and grands, my Manger, and some Christmas plants around and candles. I decorate it seems for others...people who might stop by. I want to have them feel the spirit of Christmas when they visit here. I have to realize that it's time to do things that we can handle. I was talking to a friend the other day...we were discussing hauling up the bins from the basement full of decorations...I told her that I use the recycling bags from the grocery to carry the decorations up and down. It's so much safer that carrying those bins on stairs. I can carry a bag in one hand and hold the railing with the other. I think that as I put things away this year...I will put only the things that I want to display in one bin and just open that one next year. This year was much simpler than last and next year will be even simpler.
I'm sitting here at the computer and looking out the window. The birds are at the feeder which is full of seed. The snow on the ground is patchy...tufts of grass are sticking up all around. The next week promises to be much warmer and maybe the snow will disappear. Another winter with little snow. I don't think that I will be planting many new things if that is the case. I was hoping to put in a few rose bushes. I'll take a walk around the house and see what is going on this afternoon and take a few pictures.
My garden window has my Christmas cactus and an amaryllis that's ready to pop. I'm thinking of changing that too. I might try to put the little black ladder type plant holder there and try my orchids for the rest of the winter. They simply need more light and being in a new window just might make them bloom. I spoke of amaryllis just a bit ago...I tried some mini amaryllis this year and didn't like them. Stunted flowers with long leaves. I wrote the company and they answered and said that the minis were sold out, but they could send me a big one...or a gift card. I told them that I just wanted to let them know about the bulbs...and didn't care what they did about it. Just wanted them to know that after waiting so long for a bloom...how disappointing it was.  So they did nothing :(
I guess I had better get going. I'll take it easy today...doing only what I have to do and making plans in my head for projects to come. It was great yesterday, working like in the old days, so today I will gladly rest.

PS....Blogger wouldn't let me post a picture..so just wait for tomorrow.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I enjoyed your post Balisha ~ simplifying and doing what we can.

Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

Blondie's Journal said...

I feel like you very much of the time...if I do a lot in one day, the next day I like to take a rest. My Christmas things still have to be packed up but the days get away from me with smaller chores and then I think, I've had enough for one day. Shop closed.

I thought I would put less of my Christmas decorations out this year but little by little I brought more things up from storage. I'm glad that nothing dampens my Christmas spirit!

Have a nice peaceful day.


Barbee' said...

I read your nice post with a very understanding heart. I'm a little older than you, so I understand exactly what you are experiencing. Sorry about the disappointing bulbs. Our local daughter and son-in-law have a wonderful bay window for plants. It's always a joy to go there and see what they have in bloom.

Dewena Callis said...

How I can relate to this! Except that I do want to put out all the Christmas stuff for myself too. It's just the taking down and putting away that gets to be too much. But the exasperation I feel when 3 o'clock comes and that's all I want to do for the day. I sit down and rest, like I used to at 3, but now I don't want to get up again! I'm going more and more to dishes I can put on in the morning instead of having to cook at night, and I'm planning more and more meals that give us leftovers for a day or two.

My "planner" isn't broke; it keeps planning away. It's just my "doer" that has malfunctioned.

I also read your post above on the 1918 flu and your advice for stocking up on supplies now just in case. Very good advice. But then I'd have to get out and go to the store and might catch something! I'm trying to use up what is in the pantry and freezer and outlast this blasted flu being around.

Many of your favorite books on your sidebar are mine too!

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