Working On A Balanced Lifestyle

It is so easy to end up spending too much time on one thing and not enough on other things. We all do it. I don’t work outside the home and haven’t for decades so my time is mine to schedule as I see fit and I still find myself running out of time for one reason or another.

Since Brad retired a couple of years ago we rarely need to get up at 6:00 am anymore and sometimes we even stay up until midnight. He is still on some heavy duty pain medication for PT with his shoulder so our schedule tends to revolve around him and what he is up to doing. Actually he is doing really well it’s just that on PT days he needs to come back home and recoup and not make plans for the rest of the day.

But there is nothing that says I have to wait until Brad is up in the mornings to get up and around. I’ve got a cozy spot in my workroom/studio where I can work on my knitting or read until he is ready to wake up. And I should make more of an effort to get myself to bed no later than 10:30. We usually watch the local news at 10:00 and lately we’ve been staying up later because one or the other of us isn’t quite ready to turn in.

On the plus side the house is relatively clean and tidy. I still need to do some deep cleaning and the best time to tackle that sort of thing is when Brad is at PT twice a week. So easy to schedule such things. So why do I neglect it?

Let’s face it, folks. Brad and I have it made! A fact he comments on nearly daily. He worked so hard for so long to get to this point and it’s almost like he is mentally pinching himself, even two years down the line, to believe it’s really true.

He has his hobbies and I have mine and we both have plenty of time to enjoy them and spend time together every day. We spend much less time shopping nowadays than we used to what with the online shopping and pick up at the grocery stores in our area. It’s a huge blessing. I still do an occasional walk through at Walmart or wherever for a few things but I’ve gotten spoiled to ordering groceries online and picking them up first thing the next morning.

I keep thinking of things that I need to get done around the house, like some mending that is piled up on the sewing table in the studio. And I haven’t scheduled the time to actually do it. I don’t really mind mending. It won’t take long.

I also need to do some mopping, but before I do that I need to move some furniture and finish the dusting. I think what I need to do is pick a day of the week and tackle one room in the house. Get everything dusted and swept and mopped. Then tackle another room the next day or day after. Sounds like a plan as Brad would say…

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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