What a great summer it was. I looked after my two grandsons who live nearby all summer long. Each week we did both routine activities and special adventures, had lessons in cooking, art, and science, practiced math and did reading every single day, and ended up having just a memorable time.
Of course, I had good intentions for keeping up on housework and yardwork, but it was really all I could do to just maintain some semblance of order in the house. At the same time I spent some evenings and weekends helping my daughter with her new yard and home, and lending support to my friend who downsized from her big home to a condo. I was busy. But happy.
In August, my high school graduating class had its 50th reunion. I had not intended to go, but after much encouragement from my closest friend (friends since we were 8 years old), and many classmates, I did attend after all. It was two events over two evenings and in the end I was glad to have had the chance to see so many people I hadn't seen in years -- most since graduation. Here's a very poor picture. I guess we should all be grateful you can't see us very well. Haha! You might be able to find me with my three best old friends. See the four guys standing in front to the right side as you look at the picture? Look behind the fourth guy in and you will see on either side behind him Celia (in white), Sally (in navy), continuing looking left it's me (in tan), and next to me, darling red-headed Sherry.
Once the grandkids went back to school, I became committed to getting all caught up on yard, house, projects, and even fall cleanup. Yes, I resorted to my lists, and I have been following them faithfully. Until this week, that is. I woke up Monday morning with such a feeling of ennui. My house was super clean from my flurry of activity for the past two weeks. My yard was decent, but needing some more weeding. I had even completed a number of items from my one-day project list and was following my daily self-care list faithfully. It's almost as if I became TOO productive for awhile. I wasn't taking any time for fun except to watch Netflix. And I was so devoted to the lists and knocking items off, I began to have a hard time sleeping due to thinking about plans for tomorrow. So I have slacked off for two days now and just enjoyed the cooler weather and the peace and serenity of my home and surroundings with my sweet little dog.
Of all my lists this year, I have been most devoted to my "Kind Self Care". I have managed to lose some weight and hope to continue. I've achieved 20 percent of that goal so it's coming off slowly but surely. I've ticked off the items on the list each day, looking after not only my physical health, but my appearance and my attitude. My emphasis has been on being kind to myself. No more guilt and berating for not adhering strictly 100 percent of the time. There are no failures. But there are sometimes pauses in my efforts.
So this is just a little pause. I'll take up my goals again tomorrow and focus on outside things. My list told me to clean house yesterday and today, but I refuse to pretend to clean a house that's already clean! Sometimes I follow the plan and sometimes I ignore the list.
But all is well. I survived the summer. Things are moving along. I'm still uninterested in blogging much, but will continue to check in here once in while.