Saturday, July 24, 2010

Failing to Live a Lovely Life in Moderation


What I'm serving at my next outdoor party: Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, ice cold, probably in a Cosmo.

Today I'm utterly exhausted, a bit dizzy, and I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow. I simply did far, far too much work today. On a Saturday!

I try to balance my life so that I have enough work time, enough leisure time, enough family time, time with friends, plenty of sleep, and some alone time. Besides daily homemaking tasks (vacuuming, kitchen cleaning, etc) I do several little housework and decluttering projects during the week so the house doesn't become a disaster zone. On weekends, with their bigger chunks of time, I do bigger projects. But I generally try to leave lots of time for leisure, friends, and throwing parties.

Today, however, was all about work and catching up on neglected chores.

A couple weeks ago, I took three days off work to go to San Diego. Now I'm "paying" for it by working all day long on a Saturday. I feel a bit sorry for myself today, but I'll see friends tomorrow and go to "Family Night" afterwards. So I do have fun things to look forward to as I slave away today.


My foster dog, "Lucky," snoozes happily in the yard while I work.

Here's what I got done so far:

  • I washed both of my cars - the one that's operable and the one that's dead, sitting in my driveway waiting for me to find the title so I can donate it.

  • I swept my back patio and threw out two dead houseplants, then watered my basil and potted hydrangea.

  • I set and rearranged sprinklers eight times so my front and back lawns got thoroughly watered.

  • I scrubbed a kitchen counter that needed extra attention, and cleaned the stove.

  • I spent twenty minutes cutting down an overgrown hedge that was preventing one of my garden gates from opening.

  • I washed a load of brand new sheets - they're headed to my "new" guest room that my departing college student is cleaning out tomorrow.

  • My Lab puppies have a new outdoor swimming pool, which I unpacked, inflated, filled, and then taught them how to climb in and out of it. Then broke down and recycled the cardboard box the pool came in.

  • I spent three hours cleaning and organizing the merchandise area of my garage.

  • Dusted my dining room table, curio cabinet and chairs. The slats were getting dusty because I have the front door and windows open so much of the time right now.

  • Changed another front porch lightbulb, tightened hinges on a kitchen cabinet, and dusted a bookcase.

  • Hosed down all three dog crates and let them dry in the sun.

Whew, I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment! I did however manage to do three fun things for myself today: I took a half hour nap while snuggling the cat; read the last three chapters of a book I've been enjoying; and now I'm settled happily and comfortably on a chaise lounge, watching a silly episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and enjoying tonic water with a bit of Torched Cherry Bacardi in it. (Ok, more than a "bit.")

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LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Best Tips for Outdoor Entertaining (Real Simple)

Edible of the Month: Sweet Corn (National Gardening Association)

40 Cool Drinks for a Hot Day (Real Simple)

Have Your Best Summer Ever (All About You)

Sleek, Crisp White Look is Hot Bedding Trend (Arizona Republic)

10 Things to Know About Yogurt (Cooking Light)

20 Creative Summer Activities for Kids (Babble)

1 comment :

Amanda said...

Thanks for the link, sweetie!