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Thoughtful Thursday – Here Comes The Rain Again

Snuggle Bunnies Rabbits In The Rain by lulufroot

Today is a cloudy, thunderstormy spring day in Texas. Minus the hail (and the occasional tornadoes) we get in May, I love the spring weather here. It’s not the depressingly cold rain we get in late fall and winter. It’s either cool and refreshing or warm, sticky, and humid. It’s the kind of rain you can dance around in comfortably, as long as you’re not worried about your hair or anything.

When I was little, Mom and I used to dance in the rain. It’s one cheap form of entertainment, let me tell ya. Do people do that kind of thing with their kids anymore? It’s one thing to reluctantly say,” Okay, you can go play in the rain … but be sure to take off your shoes before you come in the house. I don’t want you tracking mud all over my {insert expensive flooring or rug here.}” But do people actually grab their kids’ hands and run outside to enjoy the feeling of raindrops collecting on their eylashes?

I guess what I’m saying here is that, inevitably, you’re going to get wet. So, why not enjoy it? Why not make it memorable? I cherish the times Mom and I danced in the rain, or had water gun fights … come to think of it, lots of our activities involved water. – Tap water is cheap and rain water is free! – We got our hands dirty in the garden, we took wrong turns on purpose, we made things together (and still do.) I hope that I still approach life with the same hands-on, rather than hands up, attitude. I want to be the woman who harnesses the fearless spirit of a child. I never want to be afraid of the rain.

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Thoughtful Thursday – Control Freak, Shmontrol Freak

I have to say, as an only child, I’m used to doing things by myself. As the “smart kid” in most of my group projects in school, well, you get the idea. I really don’t mind, either; I like the satisfaction that comes with completing a project, but sometimes it can be all too stressful and overwhelming. So, you learn to (gasp!) ask for help. It’s a huge step. For me, it came when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. There are physical limitations to what I can do, and I had to learn to ask for help and mean it. To be grateful for the help that other people gave me, even though I was frustrated I couldn’t do it myself, or if they didn’t do something the way I would have done it. In short, you learn to get over yourself.

I’ve also learned that when other people let me down, or there’s no one else around to lend a helping hand, I’ve always got God, and God doesn’t mind if the dirty dishes pile up in the sink for a few days. It’s completely counterintuitive to me to accept the mess that I just can’t clean up right now, but isn’t that life? Aren’t there always going to be messes that we just can’t clean up right now? There will always be something that takes priority over those messes, anyway. For example, enjoying a restful afternoon with my husband is so much more important than making sure the laundry is done. (You see, we make our own soap, so if you want to do laundry, and we’re out of soap, you’ve gotta make the soap before you load the washer. Not that it’s that complicated, but I’d rather be cuddling.)

With the vendor show and the rest of the festival in about 2 weeks – and Thanksgiving somewhere in between – those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety have started to creep back up. So, sometimes, I just have to make myself sit back and do NOTHING. Scary, isn’t it? No matter how hard I try to get people to volunteer, or worry about who’s going to run games at the carnival, or, better yet, where we’re going to come up with all of the carnival games, it won’t change the big picture: we’re going to have a massive event that people will show up for and have fun with, that may or may not be successful. And that’s okay. The reality is, when we went to have dinner with our friends Shawn and Christy last night, a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders. We found our carnival games! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but Shawn is a Scout leader, and has access to all kinds of games and activities we can use. So, by surrendering to a relaxing evening with friends, and not worrying about my looming responsibilities, a major item was checked off my checklist, and I don’t even have to do the heavy lifting! 

So, if you identify with what I’m saying, relax. Take baby steps, and ask for help. Give it up to God. You’re only in control of your own choices – not other people, and not situations that are obviously beyond your control. Control freak? Shmontrol freak.

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Slacker on A Saturday

Reversible Slacker/GoGetter Cup Cozy by sewtara

I have been slacking in the blog world for good reason. Due to Mom’s surgery, work, big outside projects (making our decorations for Trunk or Treat, planning a winter church festival, our booth at said tentative festival, and the prospect of a community garden) and the occasional extra curricular, it’s hard to find the time to write, but the blog world still judges. I understand that if I don’t post every day (or at least on a very regular basis) that our views and followers probably won’t increase. It’s also true that if I don’t post anything witty, visual, or emotionally/mentally stimulating – with a catchy title, of course – that we won’t get many views. There are just too many blogs out there to choose from! It’s either blog world domination, or this:

I’m going to reevaluate this blog, set up a “schedule” of interesting blogging days to keep me motivated to post, and possibly experiment with the aesthetics.

Just not today. We have to work to do today.

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Just Another Manic Monday

Ladies' T Shirt by theboldbanana

Today is my “day off,” but not really. The apartment needs cleaning, bills need paying, laundry needs washing, blogs need blogging, items need listing and making, and I need to set up the router, help a friend, and make dinner before my husband comes home.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s days off turn into the “days you try to get everything you can’t do on the other days done today” days.

Right?

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Chelsea

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