Day 223 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Exhaustion – There is always something to be grateful for.

I have been going full steam ahead for a couple of months now. I have completed many tasks that I wanted to do and some that I didn’t actually want to do. I have been poked and prodded physically and mentally. I have run the gambit of feelings related to decisions that I needed to make. I have been calm and stressed and occasionally both at the same time.

I must get more things done before my seven and a half working days come to an end. As I look back at what I have been able to accomplish in such a short time I am proud of myself. As I look forward to what I still need to finish I am cautiously optimistic that I will make it happen. And of course while getting everything unique to this time of my life completed I also have to live my life. So as I have worked today for about 18 hours to finish a special gift for a friend of my mom’s I am exhausted. I have pushed ahead to finish so I can mail off the gift.

I did not get much of anything else done that was on my list to do today. I did happily make my call with my dear friend. It was a welcome detour in my day’s activity. We allow ourselves to just kibbitz as catch up on our weeks doings. I treasure our calls. Our third Musketeer has been under the weather and I need to check in on her tomorrow. It worries me when I don’t hear from her.

Right now I am admitting defeat for the day. I did get a major goal accomplished but I did not accomplish all I needed to do. I am too exhausted to continue. I need to get some sleep. Tomorrow promises to be a full day. We obviously will be on a rainy day schedule which is a hyper charged situation. I can so it. I can finish strong for the last days. I am woman.

Day 115 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Exhaustion – There is always something to be grateful for.

It has been a very fruitful day. Boy did I overdue it this weekend. I know better, but I also know there are days when my body is in a flare  and doesn’t want me to do anything. I foolishly overdue it and then suffer the consequences.

Today I woke early, cleaned out my weather unit paperwork, went on line, and as soon as the sun rose I went outside to play with the dog. She loves chasing her toys and bringing them back to me. The problem is that she wants to play tug of war and does not drop the items. So I only play as long as she will drop the toy. Then I walk away. She is learning.

Then it was do a little of this and a little of that. I did some cleaning in the kitchen, a little in the living room, and then up to the attic to look for some Valentines items I was searching for. I ended up purging items in the attic and reorganizing things. I was there for a few hours.

My spouse woke up and asked if I still wanted to go on the hunt for bagel dogs in Pasadena liked we had discussed. I said it would be a good break as long as he agreed to work outside once we returned. So off we went and were fortunate that they agreed to make us two fresh dogs. A wonderful visit to the thrift store that has only books and CDs and DVDs was our next stop. “Someone with my taste in music must have died,” was my spouses comment. As he found over twenty CDs he just had to have, not the usual three or four. I happily found a Martha Beck book and a Kushner book, along with three others that had merit. Gotta love it when we hit the jackpot.   

Home again to do more chores. I worked on trimming the pomegranate tree while my spouse mowed the front an back lawns. I then came in once I was exhausted and tried to take a nap. My body was in so much pain I was unsuccessful, so I gave in and took a couple of pain meds.

Then I looked at all the things that still had to be done. Papers to be graded, the living room to be cleaned, the kitchen counter to be cleared, not to mention the lessons to be created for school tomorrow. I decided I needed to sit down and veg because I was in physical pain. So instead I looked at blogs I follow and enjoyed the writings of friends. While waiting for a get together with some friends I finished up some tasks.   

I had a wonderful talk catching up with a friend. Her gentleness and kindness fill my heart with joy. I am ever so grateful that she is in my life.

My day still has some mandatory expectations to fulfill. I have no choice on some things, and will probably procrastinate on others. But all in all I am very grateful that my body allowed me to get some major things done today. I feel a sense of accomplishment even though I didn’t finish all I wanted to get done. Does one ever get done with everything on your list.  I must remember Martha Beck’s video blog today of letting go of being overwhelmed with all we think we must do. It was a great video. Off to finish a few more things and then hopefully off to an early sleep. I am so grateful for this blogging experience and all that it has brought to my life.