Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A month gone by...

What have I been doing!? Not writing, that's for sure.

I've been working on our home and it has been both lovely and exhausting.  We have some new furniture, warmer walls, and curtains!  I've collected a respectable 15 pounds of produce from the garden and am working on a late summer planting for cool fall crops (broccoli, peas, lettuce, carrots, pak choy, and garlic)!  Deciding not to purchase a home this summer was probably the best decision we've made in a while.  I've really needed to settle in somewhere.

I've also been organizing a lot of my digital crap - hundreds of starred blog posts on my google reader and an overflowing "to be sorted" file on my desktop.  I'm putting together a household binder with contact information, recipes, giftcards/tickets, and all sorts of other useful information - most of which has been snagged from the internet.

Finally, I've been dealing with some family events.  I have an uncle, a man who in my life has always represented the epitome of a good man, who is nearing the end of his life.  He has had MS for several years now and has had very little desire to live for the last several months.  He is in and out of the hospital and my aunt has recently made the decision to bring in hospice.  We've all known this would come someday but it has been hitting me harder than I had anticipated.

One of the starred posts I came across recently has helped me reframe a little.  It's a post called "5 ways to breathe in a breathless world."  It's worth reading but here's the gist of it:

1. remember that productivity is not your god

2. don’t confuse the urgent with the important 

3. move toward community, not away

4. learn how to close the day

5. lift up your eyes

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