“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.” — Marcus Aurelius
Boy, do I have days like that! But I am back to doing my Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. “All you have is all you need.” And she reminds us:
“We must learn to savor small, authentic moments that bring us contentment. Experiment with a new cookie recipe. Take the time to slowly arrange a bouquet of flowers in order to appreciate their colors, fragrance, and beauty. Sip a cup of tea on the front stoop in the sunshine. Pause for five minutes to pet a purring cat. Simple pleasures waiting to be enjoyed. Simple pleasures often overlooked.”
Today I took the time to admire my baby SeaMonkeys. They hatched out of dried up eggs in a packet. That always amazes me. I gave kisses to my kitties and watched my puppy enjoy a peanut butter score. And I looked at my Staghorn Fern and realized that it is sprouting new leaves. Yay!
Life At Our House
The store-room is finally done! Well, mostly. There are things that have to be repacked because they’re a mess. There are things I am probably going to either take to Goodwill or put in the yard sale pile out in the Pit (garage). I have way too much kid paint and glitter glue, so I’ll see about donating to a teacher or two. I have to make room to put my potatoes down in the store-room somewhere. I couldn’t finish all the sorting and decision-making because we were on a deadline. Spider Bait needs to get his Eagle stuff turned in. We pitched 2 large garbage bags full of trash and put a bunch of stuff in the recycle bins (how many empty jars and bottles does one family need?). But it’s 90% finished after roughly 17-20 hours worth of work over 2 weekends by 4 people. And it is so amazingly wonderful to be able to walk in straight forward instead of crab-walking in sideways. And I don’t have to worry about knocking anything over. AND I know where everything IS!
Now Once Upon A Time they had an uber sale on shelves. I’m thinking it’s been 10 years, not sure. We bought a bunch of them and got part of this room done but didn’t finish it. I probably got sick again and didn’t pitch-a-bitch to get it done and it just got left and forgotten. So we had shelf bits to make one unit higher. And another still in its box. And a metal shelf half buried in another part of the basement that we dug out, unloaded, cleaned, and brought in along with about half of what was on it. Ta-Da!
HIP, HIP HOORAY!
Fur Babies and Other Friends
Out In The Yard
Naw. Too much snow. But here’s a picture of one of the orchids Ikea had on sale for $5.
Mug of the Day
Woot! And it’s not even midnight!