From The Nine Modern Day Muses by Jill Badonsky. What would it mean to you to artfully live your life?
Artfully Living a Life
dancing in nature
creating from what you see and experience
rocking in a chair
enjoying the nurturing of a home
sitting on the porch
music- listening, playing piano, singing, concerts
“Wake up to the present moment! In the moment, a glorious profusion of sensation, emotion and stirring thoughts translate themselves into the form of a luring inspiration. You have the freedom to weave these inspirations into dreams, into art, into a reality you can step into with celebration. Why would you pass this up? What’s that all about?”
Aha-phrodite in The Nine Modern Day Muses
Friday morning we went to the farmer’s market. The sugar snap peas looked excellent and we got some tomatoes and corn. We had to pass by the delicious looking strawberries because we were going berry picking in the afternoon.
I love the smell of the fresh berries. The sun was out, but not too hot. The kids were having the best time picking berries. They kept saying, “Hey Mom, look at this one!”
We stopped by Jeff’s parents on the way home. The kids made a terrarium out of an old wagon. They put rocks and sticks with the wagon, then filled it with some water. They hunted for frogs and had about 3 in there when we had to leave. They dissappointedly put the frogs back and emptied the wagon.
After dinner and dishes we worked on the berries. We bagged some up for Father’s Day for Jeff’s Dad, froze most after taking the tops off and put some out in a bowl. They had an excellent time playing outside with the cousins playing an elaborate role playing game my kids made up.I finished the berries while the in-laws were upstairs playing with the computer with hubby. Then SIL came down and we chatted awhile before they had to leave. Kids were going in and out and we gave them milk, leftover raw sugar snap peas from dinner and by the time they left the strawberries were gone. We were exhausted by then. I slept good and hard for the first time in a few days.
Saturday was spent at in-laws. Jeff and I went out to dinner with his brother and sister-in-law as anniversary presents from my mother-in-law. A more expensive restaraunt than we’ve gone to in awhile. She also watched the kids. Wasn’t that nice?
I had an active Saturday. While I’ve never been athletic, I’ve always been active. Some of my favorite memories are hiking and biking with my family, running with some buddies and doing the 20-min workout with my best friend. I’d take long walks around the neighborhood. I loved to swim every chance I could. I discovered weights in college.
There have been times when I have stopped exercising, usually do to illness. And it takes a bit to remember why I like it. The starting can be intimidating. But, I notice I feel stiffer if I haven’t done yoga in awhile. Jars become harder to open if I haven’t lifted weights. And running with the kids leaves me out of breath if I have forgotten my cardio.
Saturday morning I lifted weights and did yoga. Later the kids wanted to go on a bike ride with me. So we dusted off the bikes from winter and headed out. I had forgotten the wonderful feeling of cool breeze and feeling like you are flying. When my husband woke up we ventured to two different beaches. One with a large set of stairs. We took a new road and discovered we could get to his parent’s town from the beach much faster that way.
We played at the park. The swings are my favorite, though they have these new plastic huge button looking things that swing as you walk on them.
Afterwards we went to a friend’s house for a bit before going home. He has a enchanting pond with tons of frogs and fish. And birds fly all around. My daughter caught one of the frogs and had to send her brother in the fetch me so I could oo and ah over it. I remember catching frogs when I was younger, too. I was always disappointed we couldn’t take them home with us in the car. But, for some reason my parents always said no 🙂
Today was more relaxed with making chocolate chip cookies, reading and planning.
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth;
The glory of action;
The splendor of achievement;
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
fearless…didn’t care what other people thought of them
Grandma ate sweets with abandon never worrying about her waistline
Always with a smile, candy or a penny
Lived in their own place until they died in their late 80’s. Oops, I
think Grandma was in her 90’s, she had lied about her age.
Still cooking, playing the piano and ukele, camping, fishing
Inviting people over, taking walks, enjoying life.
I have never had a fear of growing old, because my great-grandparents
and grandparents have shown me how to grow old with an excitement about life,
learning and people. I can’t wait to be like them when I get older.
Working from home leads to some challenges during summer vacation, especially if your husband works 3rd shift. I wrote up a draft copy of our summer schedule. Since I have don’t have too much that has to be done at certain times, that is a lot of time just floating around. Without my schedule I would look at my long to do list and not know where to start. So, my basic framework is:
6:30 am quiet time, exercise (sometimes those are combined)
Morning grooming and cleaning routine
Check kid’s morning chores
Lunch with kids (picnics are especially fun)
Basic Weekly Plan – weekly chores
15 min zone tasks – monthly chores
Time with family
Dinner, evening chores with family
More family fun
Time with hubby, then say bye
Evening routine – getting me and kids ready for bed
Read in bed
Lights out 10:30
Of course it is almost midnight and I’m not asleep yet. Storms have been keeping me awake and my sleep has gotten out of whack.
Rarely does my day go exactly as scheduled, but a time framework keeps me more productive.
Above is my actual office on a typical day.
I did lots of work this morning and early afternoon. I felt focused and on fire. After an early dinner my family and I spent a couple hours at the beach.
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