Well, the predicted Christmas snowstorm did not materialize, at least for us in our area. The threatened 1/4" of ice before the snow started never happened and the snow was only about 3-4" when all was said and done. But heavy snow it was and I feel as though I may have shoveled about fourteen tons (maybe more) of it yesterday. Even the snow plow on the front of our daughter's truck was taxed a bit while removing the snow from the driveway and yard areas. We spent most of yesterday getting things outside cleared and back in shape. The temperature hovered around 30° so it didn't feel bad at all being outside despite over-working a few muscles.
This morning our overnight low was 10° and it seems as though those more winter-like temps will be with us for the coming week. Those twenty degrees from ten above to thirty above certainly do make a big difference in a human's comfort level while outside.
Papa Pea talked me out of doing my usual laundry chores yesterday (Monday) so that's what I've been up to today. I had a couple of extra loads (who's making all the dirty clothes around here?) so it's taking me longer than usual to finish up the task.
I was planning on spending a couple of hours in my quilt room today, but it's after 4 p.m. already and being a morning person, my zip, get-up-and-go, energy and creativity really begin to dwindle by this time of the day. My handwork may be just sitting and knitting on the couch tonight.
Speaking of being on the couch, after my snow shoveling yesterday and the snowshoe hike we took on Christmas Day, last night at 7 o'clock I literally fell asleep sitting up reading on the couch. (I'm sure I was a fetching sight and hope I wasn't drooling.) I knew it was a losing battle so gave up the ghost and was in bed by 8 p.m. and asleep by 8:05. Some evenings are like that and ya just can't fight it.
I told my dear husband I wanted to take this week between Christmas and New Year's "off" to do some of the things I really enjoy like reading, watching a DVD or two, knitting, quilting, even taking an afternoon nap if I feel like it. You'd think being at this stage of my life, I'd have as much time for such endeavors as I wanted, but it just doesn't seem to work out that way. There are the regular, everyday (day after day) tasks that need tending to besides The List I always have running.
That list in front of me at this moment includes:
~ Make pie crusts for freezer
~ Sort recipe box
~ Bake bread
~ Give shower an in-depth cleaning
~ Organize storage shelvews in basement
~ Restock basics (soups, casseroles, etc.) in freezer
~ Fix plant hanger in bathroom
~ Clean/reorganize pantry
~ Send birthday card to G
~ Get back to Cousin J
~ Make/can applesauce
~ Make mayonnaise
~ Clear desk
~ Sort desk drawers
~ Order garden seeds
~ Split kindling
Truth be told, as I start doing some of these things (and I really do have to start . . . I've heard the best way to finish a project is to start), I know I'll discover just as many other things to add to The List. Yep, it's never-ending, isn't it?
I don't really know how to avoid all the items I have on The List and gain days to fritter away on any of the personal things my little heart yearns to do. None of the items on my list are things I hate to do or don't want to do to keep home and hearth running smoothly, but if I'm honest they are not ones that feed my soul. I came across a quote recently that someone said when asked what success meant to her. She replied, "To do something one is fulfilled and energized by." Yes, yes, YES!
So . . . if I'm to actually take some time "off" in order to get fulfilled and energized, I guess I'd better get off my duff and get moving!