Sorry. I was distracted by attempting to be more productive and efficient with my time because I have noticed that my work has been slipping. That kind of thing is always terrifically highlighted with the impending arrival of visitors. Though my awareness was there already but.....magnified by the fact that people would actually be here. With kids. And helping my hubby to fix things we have no idea how to fix.....which means closing doors and keeping the lights off won't do the trick this time.
Since downsizing our cable package to only one box (the DVR must be saved) the basement doesn't get used so much. It had become a catchall for random things that just weren't used or needed a halfway house before they were donated. It feels nice to walk through now and it looks like our house again.
I've made myself some lists. Things I need to reorganize, rooms, cupboards, closets....areas that have been neglected and "caught" too many items waiting for a final home. I use to pride myself of the efficiency of how I ran the house. I'm not sure where I lost that but I am determined to find it again. It's time to purge and simplify this home we've decided will be the place we stay. We won't be moving again. We came to the conclusion that by the time the market turned around or we were able to right-side-up our mortgage, the kids would more than likely be out of the house (or close to it) and it would just be us anyway. We don't need more space and I would have a hard time leaving my kitchen and garden.
I'm slowly working my way through Rhonda's book, savoring each morsel and at just the right moment, when I was pondering what our future plans might be, I read this: "Let me be very clear about this: buying a simple home that is within your budget and can be modified to suit you and your family is the best investment." There was a tremendous amount of wisdom to be found after that too but the logic here was beyond argument. Stay put and modify where you already are.
I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Him that strengthens me.
Its interesting to start looking around - for the first time - and have to remind myself that we can make changes and not think about how it will affect "resale value" because we are settling in. This place is ours to shape and change to what suits US. Its a really comforting feeling.
Perhaps just what I needed to reignite my motivation in my work.
Here's yesterdays weigh in details:
A whopping -.2 but a loss is a loss right! The whole family lost, which is good but collectively the three of us lost 1 whole pound. That is rather sad. I think motivation has taken a vacation. We need to call it back home!
Blessings of warmth and springy blossomy goodness to you,