(The photo above is by me… a peony from last Spring. I cannot wait for them to bloom again! I planted 20 peonies last summer, they may not bloom for a few years, but eventually I will have quite a show!!!)
Pretty deep for 7:30 in the morning huh? But truth is, I’ve been awake since 3:30… Oh, tell me about it. It’s going to be a long day… Or a good day. That is what I am writing about, how to remember each day is a miracle….
How did I end up with this free time? Here is the recap. Night shift hubby who never sleeps well comes to bed at 3 am with 170 pound dog, make room for both in king size bed. Both fall asleep breathing loudly. 3:30 I finally decide to get up and go downstairs. 3:45 husband and dog come down to see why I am up. We continue to watch 2 different TVs in two different rooms, the dog goes back and forth. 4:30 I finish reading blogs on my tablet and go back to bed. 5:00 I give up, get dressed and start making breakfast….. Then you get the picture from there…. the school bus comes at 7:30 and the girls are happy that I cooked this morning…. Even did a cute braid in little sisters hair.
So why is this a Miracle? We’ll that is a bit of an overstatement, but I am trying to be thankful for all the little things lately. We all should be. We are able to decorate our homes, garden, travel…. so many are not that lucky. I have been frustrated by the little things lately, and I have been trying to focus on the big picture.
As basically a stay at home mom, it is easy for one day to slip into the next. Cook, clean, haul kids around, groceries, pay bills….repeat.
I can remember people telling me the older you get the faster the days go. Man where they right. I feel like I can just sit still and watch the weeks fly by. What am I so busy doing…. Good question, I am not gardening this time of year, but it is everything. But good things, like actually cleaning after taking down Christmas. I always feel better when this house is picked up. )Even though in 12 hours you can hardly tell.)
Plus I have been making jewelry again. I made several necklaces and earrings as presents and have been really inspired to do more this winter. I make most of the things I wear, I love….love… love jewelry. I will do some posts soon of the things I am making.
But the biggest thing I want to do is learn to sew. My parents got me a sewing machine for Christmas and I am having a blast playing with it. The first week I just fixed things like hems… but yesterday I made three pillows and I have the fever to make about 100 now. I love pillows on my porch swing and for my bedroom…. I am so inspired by the things I see on blogs now and pinterest….
So I am not saying my life is perfect. It is anything but. I have been having headaches and my knee is still a mess. I still haven’t found the perfect part-time job for extra spending money, but I substitute teach when the school needs me. I think in the next few weeks it will pick up, but it is not reliable. I would love to find a local job in horticulture, but most of my favorite places are at least 35 miles away, a bit too far to drive unless the pay was more than I am thinking they will offer.
I have been getting requests to lecture, but that too is more for fun. I have been really active in garden activities around Indiana attending several conferences. I will continue to do so this Spring and have met so many new friends. Really enjoy seeing local/state gardens. I hope to be in a few upcoming publications, I have been asked to do a few freelance pieces this winter. It will be the first time I’d have anything in print, which is very exciting for me.
So what does all this rambling mean? I am a happy, content wife…. mom…. gardener… writer… decorator…. friend…. teacher…. artist…. you name it. I am thankful for this Monday morning and every day before and after. And actually, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I hope you too are feeling the blessing in your life. I am so thankful for your friendship and for your kind words.