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Sorry for the long absence. Yes, 3 days does seems like a long time to not blog. Time in the blogging world does not move at the same pace as time in real life. Sort of like time when you are moving at the speed of light versus time when you are moving at a normal pace. Please, don’t ask me the math on it, I just know that time moves at different speeds.
While I have not been able to get on the computer to update on the 21 Day Challenge, I have been working and making progress. Day 5 of 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life talks about making a plan for when you hit a road block. One of the questions was, “What will you do if you have to skip a day?” Well, I got to that particular problem on Day 4. I took the weekend off due to all the activities we had going on in various places.
At first I felt guilty for not doing yet another thing on Saturday. Then I realized that running myself ragged was not the point to this challenge. The point was to get back on the path to being more disciplined. Taking a day of rest was not the enemy.
I made a plan. I would enjoy the day and pick back up on Sunday. If Sunday did not work out, then Monday would have to be Day 4. I was not going to feel guilty for taking some time for myself, by going to the Farm Market Swap, after days and weeks of constant going and craziness for others and our home.
My original plan for Day 4 was to take a day to wipe down the ceiling and walls in the small area at the top of the steps, take a day to do our ‘old’ upstairs bedroom, take 2 days to do the ‘new’ upstairs bedroom and take a day to clean the floors.Monday came and I had renewed energy. Instead of sticking with my original plan for Day 4, I did the ‘new’ bedroom in one day and swept the floors as well. I will need to go back and wash them down, but they are much better. I even did this with both kids at home, which is a small miracle. It was not lost on me that this little feat would have been impossible a year or two ago. There were still squabbles, but I was able to do this work with minimal stoppage.Tuesday (Day 5) I tackled the ‘old’ upstairs bedroom and the small area at the top of the steps. This is the point when I realized that I should put on one of the audio books I had recently picked up at a library sale. Turns out it was the perfect choice for that day. I knew Who Moved My Cheese had been a huge hit when it came out, but I had never read the book. I am so glad I decided to listen to it while I worked. Jack got to watch a documentary on Lewis & Clark, then some Rescue Bots. And all was happy in our home.
One thing both of these days had in common was that I started early. Mornings are the calmest time in our household and when I am able to focus the best. As the day goes on my energy become depleted at a pretty fast rate. Patience also starts to wain. By the kids’ bedtime I am exhausted. Sometimes I can gain a second wind, but it is not something I can count on.
Knowing this, I chose to do the biggest part of the Mega Project on Monday morning. It stood to reason that I would be able to get the most done while expecting the best behavior from the kids. Once I get to the next stage, the actual painting, I will try to do this when the household is asleep or after bedtimes. I would rather wake up an hour earlier and get in some focused time, instead of having to stop to do this or answer that question. That is the plan beginning this evening or tomorrow morning.
Yesterday found us in Big Town, taking our laptop to a computer repair store. Of course, I had tackled the day’s Mega Project immediately after taking George to school, so that part was done and out of the way before anything else needed attention. Jack and I stayed in Big Town, ate a picnic lunch then went to the library to do school work. This is a great benefit of using the modified drawer system. I was able to fill his folders, add in my binder and the pencil box, then pick up the crate and take it to the car. Everything was there.Today we have a field trip to a local pumpkin farm with some other home school families. Some we have met before, but most will be new to us. Please pray that Jack will make some friends. He is often missing his school friends and there are less than a handful of other home schooled kids here in Small Town.
I have been doing well keeping on top of the dishes. Yesterday morning found me short of time and a clean load of dishes in the dishwasher. I have to admit that I left the dishes undone while we went to Big Town and only had a small bit of guilt. I had to remind myself of priorities, that the dishes would still be there when we got back but the computer really needed attention.
The first thing I did when we got home was to unload and reload the dishwasher. It was full, so I turned it on to run. This meant it was still going when supper was finished. However, we had tomato soup and grilled cheese for supper, so minimal dishes. This morning, while breakfast was cooking, I unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher with all 4 bowls, a plate and accompanying silverware. Once breakfast was finished the dishes were added to the now mostly-empty dishwasher. I love the look of clean counters welcoming me home.
Today’s application and things to think about were focused on keeping things realistic. I feel like I have done that this go around. Maybe I have learned from before or perhaps I am giving myself more leeway in other areas.
How are things coming along with your project? Having any struggles or finding yourself hitting any walls?