“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psa 118:24).
Today was one of those days when it was easy for me to rejoice and be glad. I felt more like myself than not (the self of about two years ago), which is really saying something.
Because it was one of my good days, I want to memorialize it with the hopes that I can look back on it on one of my hard days and be encouraged that one of the good days will indeed come again.
1. I slept in until 8:30am. I got ten hours of sleep! This is monumental for me and it hasn’t happened in a long time. I woke up feeling pretty refreshed, not so frazzled and anxious. And I went throughout my day having a good amount of energy.
2. It was a beautiful Indian summer day. I am really loving the weather here right now. The warm has sort of a cold, fall feeling to it, if that makes any sense. The sky was bright blue, no clouds.
3. Ian and I spent some time out on the deck painting with watercolors. In all the art classes I’ve taken, I never really liked painting with watercolors. But today I changed my mind about that. I have a nice set and the pigments are so deep in color. It was fun playing with them.
4. In order to bless Jason I battled Home Depot. I use the word battled because when I walkin there I feel like there is no rhyme or reason to it and I can never find someone to help me. But Jason suggested I go and get a few things we’ve needed and I felt I had the emotional reserves in case things went south.
So, I took the kids and you know what, it wasn’t bad at all. There were people in orange aprons left and right to help me. One guy even said “You look confused, can I help you?” and I don’t even think he worked there!
They didn’t have one item I needed but a nice man directed me to an appliance store that was right on the way home. They had the utensil holder we’ve been needing for months. Now utensils won’t fall through and jam the bottom rack when I’m trying to close the dishwasher door.
5. I thought about exercising. I didn’t actually do it, but I thought about it in the way that I used to think about it when I considered myself an athlete–if that makes any sense. Like it was real, like I could do it.
6. I only needed a short rest in the afternoon and I spent that time reading a bit, which was lovely.
7. I got all the laundry done. This is probably my favorite chore. It produce immediate tangible results and it’s one thing in life (and there really are few) that can get neatly put away in its place.
8. I found Ian’s Sally car (no, we didn’t pay $37 as Amazon now offers it). She disappeared right after Imogen was born. I knew she had to be in the house but it seemed she had vanished. 14 months later I found her underneath a heat register (albeit one I was replacing via Home Depot) in the ductwork. I pulled her out and was in total shock. Ian carried her around the rest of the day (part of the time in the broken dishwasher utensil holder I replaced).
9. I got a surprise email from my neighbor who told me she had boxes of organic tomatoes she was selling out of her yard. She helps run an urban co-op and the last tomato order I wasn’t able to get in on. But she unexpectedly received another one (and they were cheaper) . We ran down and got ourselves 60 lbs. (I know I’m crazy but look at these beauties!)
10. Jason came home as Imogen was going to bed and we got to pray and sing with her before laying her down. It’s not often we can coordinate that. Imogen just loves her dad–she wanted him to hold her and kept giving him kisses. It puts such joy in my heart to see how much Jason loves being the favorite.
Off to bed now. Jason is behind my shoulder say “You are going to regret this . . .”