Wacky Weekend


Sorry I’m late posting today, we spent the weekend at our daughter’s. Her hubby was out of town at a convention, and she was keeping a friend’s daughter, along with her “usual” six.  

As if that wasn’t enough, she invited some of the neighborhood children over for a picnic lunch on the lawn Saturday, and another friend and her three children for dinner. It was a day of fun for everyone. I’ve never seen so much energy in one place…well, maybe the playground when I was in elementary school. 

There were bikes and trikes and scooters–you name it. If it had wheels, there was a child on it. They rolled up and down the sidewalk, and ’round and ’round the cul de sac while the sun shone. 

When darkness fell, the fun moved indoors. The house has the perfect floor plan: circles can be run from room to room, through the hallway, up and down the stairs. There was much laughter, giggling, and all-around silliness. I’m pretty sure the grown-ups had nearly as much fun observing them; and everyone slept well that night. 

Sunday was quieter, most of the family went to church, a thunderstorm passed through mid-afternoon, and then we headed home. 

Today, in the quiet of my own house, I wonder if those who grew up as an “only child,” like our daughter, tend to surround themselves with a multitude of youngsters. What are your thoughts and observations on that?  




Finding Peace in the Drawer

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

I read this proverb earlier this week, and today it arrived in my email as the KLOVE power verse for the day. When a scripture is brought to my attention more than once in a short space of time, I take heed. After posting yesterday regarding the war in the plastic ware drawer, I was seeking today’s topic, and this morning it was dropped into my lap(top). 

Many of you commented, and shared that you struggle with the same things. I found comfort in the fact that I’m not the only one trying to find balance in life while accomplishing the things we deem necessary, along with a little time for fun thrown into the mix.  And get some sleep, while we’re at it.

Tracy suggested trying some small changes, and taking the time to truly evaluate them. This morning, I am going to put some new things into practice. Rather than plan thirty minutes of exercise per day, I’m going to aim for sixty minutes three times a week. I’m sure there’ll be enough housework and gardening on the other days to maintain a decent level of activity.

The guest speaker at our writers group last night compared his writing from one venue to another. Here in the city, his writing tends to be dark, but in a mountain cabin, the beauty of nature works its way into his poetry and prose. Another small change–I decided that I wouldn’t let the recliner swallow me today. I brought the laptop (which has been such a blessing!) to the little desk on the antique side-by-side in my bright and colorful sewing room.  Before writing, I had to remove the ironing pile from the chair, and in so doing, cut it in half by putting away the long sleeves and long pants for another season. I like this!

Next, I’m going to toss some of those unruly plastic bowls so The Drawer will have a more appealing look, and then I’m going to take a tip from Ed and find myself a wife! 🙂

Have a blessed day!

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