I woke up tired today and tempted to just go back to sleep. The bed was warm and the dogs were snuggly. The house was quiet and I was alone. Nobody would know that I was being a slug.
But, the to-do list was quietly beckoning me and there are things on said list that I have been ignoring far too long.
I spent two hours in the yard working on bringing it up to the standards of my Homeowners’ Association as outlined in the letter that we received at the end of October. I disagree with their use of the adjective “tremendous” in describing the “debris” around our house, but it was their letter to write. I have been mentally composing a letter in response, but have exercised tremendous self-control. I don’t disagree that there was work to be done. We’ve been working on it.
We’ve also been working on repairs inside and going to work to pay bills and a few other small matters…like trying to get the lawn mower repaired and come up with the money for a dumpster to haul off debris from the repair and improvement projects. Basically, we’re just trying to find a balance between the expectations of others and a realistic outlay of resources with regards to money and time. Hopefully, everyone can be reasonably happy.
I’d love to devote hours and dollars to my yard and home. It does matter to me. I also want to live harmoniously and realistically with the existing wildlife around me. Part of my yard will remain “wild” and uncultivated. The critters were here first. It’s only fair that I share and cohabitate. (I am not including the party mice in this scenario).
Moving on…next on the list was a long walk with the dogs. I’ve slowly gained back a considerable amount of weight that I lost after surgery almost two years ago. I’m back at risk for a repeat of that same health problem as well as diabetes and uncontrolled hypertension. Several miles a day needs to go back on the list and remain there. I started with today. Healthier eating has to become a routine again also. The chickens are enjoying some yummy treats today. I just can’t have some things around the house. I definitely have an issue with food.
I’ve also decided that decluttering is back on the list. I thought that I’d gotten stuff under control, but it appears to be a never-ending battle for me.
As this year steadily approaches it’s end, I am thinking about the things that I wanted to change and the progress that I wanted to make.
Overall, I’m happy with my progress. It would be easy to be discouraged and note that I’m still talking about some of the same issues…my house and yard, my weight and health, an overabundance of stuff, and the challenges of finding balance…but I’m choosing to understand that most of these issues will never be fully resolved. There are certain things that will always be an issue for me.
I think that identifying them was an important step and that staying aware of my status with regards to them is the continual journey.
Steps forward, steps back, battles won and battles lost…I’ll just keep trying to make progress and most importantly, trying to be kind to myself in the process.
The grass will keep growing, the leaves will keep falling, food will still tempt me, and stuff will keep coming into the house.
I’ll mow some grass, rake a few leaves, work on making better choices and try to live more intentionally.
And be as happy as I possibly can in the process.