Thursday, 21 February 2013

Get Thee to a Nunnery (Yes Please!)

I am feeling quite tired at the moment.
I long for an uninterrupted day when I can be 
in silence,
 and rested.

A day when I have a stretch of time ahead to pull out my new inks,
 (yes, I did buy some after all),
 a gelatin plate,
 and just BE with what is a new medium to me!

I long for a holiday,
 (however short),
 with a pile of books and a sketch book
in a quiet spot with no on tap "entertainment" to sit through.

I'm sure many of you feel much the same with much more reason than I do,
 it's just that when you are retired you imagine
 this is going to be your time
 to BE yourself a little.

Problem  is the necessary energy is always being spent.
On keeping the domestic wheels turning.
 On being chauffeur.
On "going out" when I'd rather stay in.
On simply "BEing there" for others when needed.

If you have not already guessed 
this is the lament of an introvert,
married to an extrovert.
Terribly good for me in many ways,
but so darned

Thank you for listening.

You may take me to task if you wish but it's just 
nice to get it off my chest!

Now I'm going to lie down!



Monday, 4 February 2013

House Work's Hidden Treasure

Photograph:- Wolfgang Lonien
Gathering the washing in off the line today
 I noticed a couple of the bathroom towels 
were fraying out on the edges.
They were as good, thick, and fluffy as ever apart from this,
 so I threaded up the sewing machine 
and began re-hemming them.

To my surprise hubby asked me why I was bothering;
after all new towels wouldn't break the bank, 
and don't I have enough to do?

Now I count myself blessed to have time to do these little jobs
while so many of my sister home makers are 
struggling to hold down jobs,
care for family and home;
constantly struggling to keep too many balls in the air. 
I think of them every day as I go around my own home,
 while the routine of  my housework 
allows me time to think, 
to pray, to ponder.

As one friend once said to me,
"If ever I want time to myself I head to the kitchen and do the washing up.
I can guarantee nobody will join me until I've just about finished!"
I guess that goes for most of the chores as well.

Hubby's words made me wonder though,
am I a dinosaur to be mending towels?


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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Just Receive

 Let my teaching fall on you like rain;
let my speech settle like dew.
 Let my words fall like rain on tender grass,
 like gentle showers on young plants.  
 Deut.32:2   New Living Translation