One week has passed since I completed my 5 Day Purge. Many things are still awaiting our attention, and will be. Nothing is final. But there is definite movement to keep things going in a positive direction. I made a list of some smaller, or ongoing projects that I can jump in and complete when time allows and I know the declutter must go on. But I am not writing to tell about those areas of my life. Instead, I wanted to share the relaxed pace of our Saturday. A lot is being accomplished, but it is not at the crazy hurried pace that it usually is. I think having fewer items around us, and keeping some clear and usable spaces in our small home this week, has made a notable difference.
For instance, leading up to today, I stayed on top of my planning, created meals that would work for our family, exercised more, got more rest, drank more water, and ate less (and much more healthy) than I had been. I moved about and completed tasks at a more deliberate pace and enjoyed my family, loved ones and friends each day. A welcome change of pace in my uber busy life.
I slept slightly later than I normally do this morning, and as I woke, stretched and listened to the birds singing joyfully. With a smile on my face my feet hit the floor and I peeked out the window to see if our visiting doe was grazing under the apple tree. Then I tossed on some walking gear, harnessed the dog, and took her out for an early morning walk while it was still cool.
Afterward, while enjoying my morning coffee, I read my dovotion and wrote in my prayer journal. Then joined my hubby in the kitchen and made myself a duck egg, toast from a crusty loaf of bread with a bit of local apple butter, and poured another hot cup to enjoy at the table with him. (The same table we played two of those unearthed games at the night before – and as a family, decided to keep one and ditch the other!)
Once I cleaned up the kitchen a bit, and hubby and I had enjoyed a productive discussion about a wonderful, large window we’re going to add to our dining room (I’m all about letting in as much sunlight as possible and bringing the outdoors in!) I made my way out to my perennial gardens to trim roses and remove the dead plants for fall. (Will probably need to get back in there to winterize before November.)
As I trudged my way down over the hill to unload my wheelbarrow, I once again noticed black walnuts dropping from the tree. So I decided to grab a couple of small buckets to go back down and gather them. I recently discovered it this summer growing amongst the other trees and was pleasantly surprised to be able to try our hands at drying tree nuts.
If you have never seen a black walnut in it’s most natural form, they almost look like small green oranges and have a pleasant, surprisingly citrusy, smell. I would have saved some photos of them, and the process we followed, but my husband was already into them by the time I came back up over the hillside. (Maybe next year!) So, for now, the walnuts are spread out over a table drying in the sun and breezy wind.
A fire has been burning out back all afternoon with plans of stoking it to roast a few hot dogs with neighbors tonight, to enjoy a little friendly chatter and catching up.
So will end my day. A day full of margin. Patience, fun, trying new things, getting something done, working hard, planning, and best of all – joy!
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Galatians 5:22-23 NLT