Homework at age 47

So, my latest adventure is taking a course in meditation and mindfulness. The guided meditation is what lured me in, as that is one of the activities I miss greatly. I used to belong to a study group, and we did guided meditations all the time, and I loved it.

This class goes every Monday for 4 weeks. Simple enough, right? Well, as it turns out, I have homework.


What a whiner I am. I know plenty of people my age going to real school, who have real loads of homework to take care of every night. Taking a quick quiz, and spending 10 minutes meditating is nothing, and yet I still dig my heels in. So, enough of that. Let’s dive in!

I am supposed to start a journal, which is pretty well taken care of with this blog. I just have to get into a better habit of getting out here and writing on a regular basis again. Then, we have to participate in this quiz every day, and meditate.

And, there’s the goal setting. I need to set a few goals, weekly to start with. I think my first goal is just to train myself to get out of bed in the morning as soon as my alarm goes off and not keep hitting the snooze. The struggle is real…I’m not getting up until the last possible minute. There’s my first goal.

Goal number 2 is to eat better. I’ve been eating a lot of junk, as my expanding waistline will attest to, so I need to cultivate some better eating habits.

Goal 3, and probably the most important, I need to make more quiet time for myself. I think if I do that, all of the rest of my goals will probably fall into place. If I were to get up early enough in the morning, I would have time to meditate, or exercise, and eat breakfast in the morning. I would probably feel better and function more efficiently during each day.

So, having said all that, here’s hoping you all find quiet time in your day to meditate, read a book, or do whatever feeds your soul. Blessings, all!

Ahh….the joys of a nice hot bath!

I finally finished painting the bathroom today and we got the new shower curtain up. It’s not completely done as it still needs to have the new light fixture put in and the

I need to get a duck to go with my new tub

mirror and towel bars hung up, etc., but it’s usable for now. The boys have been teasing me that the paint looks pink, though it is a light mocha, so light it’s almost white. I hate pink, and can’t see it myself, but if that’s all they have to tease me about then life’s not so bad.

The boys went out to the YMCA with their father for a few hours, so I took the opportunity to try out the new tub. Ah! It was so nice to soak in hot water again! I laid my head back down into the water and just let it float there for a while and closed my eyes. I thought about all the stuff that’s happened in the last two weeks with this bathroom remodeling project, and reveled in how grateful I am that it’s almost done.  I must have laid there for about 15 minutes just meditating on the joys of a nice, quite bath in my new bathroom.

Then I opened my eyes…and the paint wasn’t pink. Life is good!

What am I doing up at 6am?!

My eyes opened up and I was awake. No going back to sleep. No lazing around. I didn’t even get to participate in one of my favorite pass-times, snooze button smashing. Ugh.

It doesn’t happen very often that I am wide awake right away in the morning, and of course it’s going to happen at 6am on a Sunday. I guess I must have finally caught up on my sleep!

It’s just as well that I am up early as I have lots to do today. I won’t list all of the things I need to do as that seems to back fire on me, and none of it ever seems to get done.  So, in my next post I’ll list all the things I actually did. It always seems to me that I get stuff done, but it’s never the stuff I start out to do!

I’m sitting here listening to the birds and the traffic outside and don’t really want to get up from the computer. It’s a nice quiet morning, and as soon as I get up that all goes away. Maybe I can stall until 7am…that should be an early enough start on my day, right?!

Quiet morning thwarted by my own mind

Given all the excitement that’s been going on around our little house, I’ve been jonesing  for a little peace and quiet. This morning there is nothing I have to do, nobody to see and the sun is out. Finally! All I can hear is the traffic out front and the fish tank bubbling.

The boys don’t have to get up today for anything, and that means that I can just sit here listening to nothing, reading and posting to my heart’s content. Then why is it that I am drawn to think about all the things that need doing? There is always housework, and yard work, and organizing…I could go on ad nauseum about all the little things that constantly need keeping up with.  There should be some metaphysical door one can shut on thoughts of those kinds of activities so one can fully enjoy a peaceful, sunny morning like I have now. But, noooo…it seems that the way is open for intruding thoughts of work. Bugger.

Well, if it’s thoughts of work that I have, I guess I should think about what exactly it is I feel like I need to accomplish today. So, here’s a to do list:

  • Laundry (When isn’t there any? At least that can be going while I’m doing other stuff!)
  • Dusting (It’s a never-ending battle in North Dakota)
  • Cooking (I have another 8 lbs of meat that needs cooking up or it will go bad soon. Hm…sounds like meat loaf for supper!)
  • Finish cleaning out the entryway closet.
  • Clean out the hall closet
  • Organize the basement (that’s really two weeks worth of work right there, but I should get a start)
  • Crack the whip on those boys to clean their rooms this afternoon (ugh…what is it with teenage boys and stinky rooms?!)
  • Mop the kitchen floor
  • Mop and oil all the wood floors…boy are they DRY…

Ugh…I could go on and on and on. I think this list is long enough, though. First thing I think I want to do after I put a load of laundry in, is go for a walk. At least that way I can feel like I am getting something done while I’m doing something for myself!

Well, It’s 9am, and I hear Older Son stirring. It’s been a nice quiet morning while it lasted!

The quiet of the morning…bliss

I am sitting here quietly reading through other people’s blogs, like the junkie I am, and I realized that I was missing something. So, I quit reading and just paid attention to the sounds around me.

I hear the fish tank bubbling, the traffic going by the front of the house, and the fridge in the kitchen. It’s really quiet when I can hear the fridge in the kitchen.  Ah… the relative silence of a morning when I don’t have to get anyone up but myself is sheer bliss! Now if I just had a newspaper to sift through and some coffee to slurp…

Today is Friday and I have a short day at work, so that’s a bonus. I’ll come home at 3pm and then take Younger to his ROTC Camp meeting. I think we’ll do pizza for supper tonight. It should be a nice relaxing Friday evening. Maybe we’ll even get a movie just for fun.

I am hopeful that the day will continue and end as peacefully as it began.

***Editors Note, 5 minutes after posting***

Yeah, so about that stuff you just read up above? Not gonna happen. Dad called and he says he wants to come take the tree down today! So, I’ll run around and wake up the zombies, er, I mean, boys, and get them started for the day. That’s ok…the quiet was nice while it lasted!

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