Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Today I got kind of bogged down in the kitchen. The visual results of my work aren't as much as in the other two rooms, but there's definitely progress been made and a couple of badly neglected spots are looking good now. I also filled half of a big trash bag and transported some stuff to the cellar - Christmas dishes and mugs don't really need to be in the cupboard all year round, do they? I didn't go to the city - I was having too much fun in the kitchen. But I do need to go in tomorrow to return a blouse that was on sale or I'll have to keep it. I won't stay long, tho.
The next two days will be busy - I'm going to start on the LR tomorrow because I'll be visiting a friend on Friday. I also need to go to the home improvement store to get boxes, but maybe that can wait till Saturday. It's clear that I'm not going to get everything done that I had hoped to, but I knew that I was going to happen. The important thing is that I've been working the plan and doing what I can without getting all too sidetracked.
The weather has finally gotten better - yay! - so I got out of the house and went for a good long Nordic walk. Inspired by a blog post by my Spark friend Michelle where she talked about peaks and valleys ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1348783 ), I took a different route than usual, and climbed up the winding trail to leads to the tops of a plateau high above the little valley where I live. Great view, saw very few people, got a super workout. I'm sure glad the summer is back!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I had a change of plans. Knowing that I only had the morning to work on the apartment (music lessons this afternoon), I decided to trade out the entry hall for the living room. I'll work on the LR on Friday when I have more or less the whole day. It was also the right timing - my Bible reading this morning was the first chapters of Nehemiah. In chapter 3, I read about the Jews rebuilding the gates of Jerusalem. My NIV Study Bible tells me that they paid particular attention to the gates because they were the focus of enemy attacks. So, today I worked on my "gate" - and I'll be guarding it against the enemy of incoming clutter!
I'm getting a bit overwhelmed because, although the bedroom and entry hall are looking good, the kitchen and LR are getting worse and worse as I move things to their places from the other rooms. But I'm hanging in there. Gotta stay focussed. Study and exercise time now, then it's early to bed.
Tomorrow, the kitchen awaits. And, in the afternoon, I want to go to the city and have a little fun, maybe attend an evening service at a church near the language school that I've been meaning to visit. We'll see how much energy I have.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I don't know what Garfield has against Mondays :) Today was a good, productive day. I pretty much rid my bedroom from clutter, did a load of wash, taught a piano lesson, took a walk, stayed within my ranges. But best of all, my routines and good habits are getting reestablished and that feels great. Oh, and I'm down a pound which means that my ticker is accurate. I just didn't want to change it, knowing I'd be rid of that extra pound soon. A weekend of tracking and two good long walks made the difference.
Funny, that as I'm reclaiming my house, I'm also studying the books of Ezra and Nehemiah in my Old Testament course - rebuilding the temple and the walls of Jerusalem!
Tomorrow, the living room is on the plan. Since the bedroom took me almost all day, and the living room is much worse than the bedroom was, this is going to be, um, interesting. I have music lessons to teach in the afternoon so I'll really have to focus in the morning.
Fireworks tonight - the little town where I live is having their annual festival and today is the last day. So I'll be studying till then - no point in trying to get to bed early, knowing that the noise will start in an hour or so. And it's fun to watch from my balcony, although there's one house that really ought to be removed to give me a clearer view ;)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Today is day 1 of my stay-at-home vacation. Usually my vacations are traveling ones - I can't remember when I just stayed home to enjoy my little pad. And it's not very enjoyable at the moment after literally months of neglect. I have a mile-long list of things that I want to get accomplished this week. First thing is to get that list down on paper and prayerfully prioritize it. I'm headed to my rocking chair with my Bible, journal, paper, pen and cup of tea as soon as I finish this post.
I know there's no way I'll get EVERYthing done, but I won't let perfectionism get the upper hand and keep me from doing SOMEthing. I'll also be working with a df/coach for accountability (Hi, Beth!) and may also post here on a daily basis.
I've already taken pictures of every room in the house so I can have a before and after record of my cleaning and decluttering progress. I also plan to refresh my healthy eating and exercise habits. I can do this!
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