Saturday, June 20, 2009

One of these Days

{where the cabin will sit, if and when I get around to it!}

1. I’ll not procrastinate and then when even a small little glitch occurs in my life it won’t be cataclysmic in its domino effects.

2. I’ll actually be able to enjoy the opening up of a day when simply everything planned doesn’t happen for one reason or another.

3. I’ll actually buy the daffodil bulbs and plant them all over the little hill by the sea.

4. I’ll go to look at some small cabins and order one and get it installed way up high amongst the trees on the hill at the back of my house so I have somewhere just to meditate, dream, design without phones or computers distracting me.

5. I will actually say: How exciting, I have literally nothing to do!

6. I will sit down and take a week and edit my short story collection.

7. I will utilize a wonderful prepaid gift my daughter gave me of a service creating a book of my pictures and poems.

8. I will welcome drop in visitors and not get edgy because of (1).

9. I will have all ingredients on hand to cook a spontaneous large dinner and get on the phone and invite people over that day, last minute, like a few of my much admired friends do.

10. I will actually show up at the old folks’ home near me and say: Hey, I’d like to volunteer, anyone need some reading to?

11. I will clean a room every day, tidy up as I go, clean the bathroom after use and not be cringing when drop-ins wish to use it.

12. I will do something with my stash of wools and the plans I have to recycle old aran sweaters into awesome bags.

13. I will decide that enough is enough. More is only more. Simplicity of possessions and desires makes for serenity and like, um, discipline and routine makes for good orderly direction.

One of these days I won't behave as if I've got 200 years to live.


  1. I gave up worrying about drop-ins long ago. If people come announced then they take me as they find me, after all it is my house.

  2. I have plenty of plans like that, but I figure if they're meant to happen they will, and if they don't happen it doesn't matter. Even if I drop dead tomorrow, I've had a great life anyway.

    Grannymar's absolutely right, if people drop in any old time they can't expect the place to be pristine. But why does it have to be pristine anyway - it's a home not a museum.

  3. Phew, WWW - you tired me out just reading that list of "to do" stuff!

    I'm more inclined - livin' as I do in Oklahoma - to follow the example in that old song from Annie Get Your Gun (tongue in cheek - only joking Okies!))

    Folks are dumb where I come from,
    They ain't had any learning.
    Still they're happy as can be
    Doin' what comes naturally (doin' what comes naturally).

    Or that other song....

    "One day at a time sweet Jeebus"

    I do admire your superb forward-planning ability though.

  4. I could have written that list, given a hill and daffodils and a cabin to put on it.

    You're darn right about simplifying your life. Get it down to the basic necessities, it's very liberating. I still have some drawers to tackle and that's it. Almost there and won't my loved ones appreciate me when I'm gone. No mess for them to plow through.

    As to the rest, we're on one line. I hope I get around to it some day. Before I'm really too old and need to have it done for me.


  5. GM:
    I'm affected on two fronts when people drop in, my day is too jam packed and I'm the world's worst housekeeper.

  6. Nick:
    There's pristine and then there's acceptable mess and then there's a week after your trip and garlands of clothes infect the hall outside the bathroom which needs a good scrub and ten files have arrived in the mail, and, and....

  7. T:
    I've just torn out a page from your book, I love that song....
    And a long time ago I adapted one day at a time to one minute at a time.....:^)

  8. Irene:
    New Irene, I should say!!!
    Yeah I got rid of the clutter a long time ago and my life is simple, it is just time seems to be my enemy, I'm trying to overcompensate or something...
    I'm terrified I only have two speeds, 100mph and reverse.
    Literally terrified to slow down.

  9. a week to edit your short-story collection? you optimist, you.afa

  10. Thought I would throw this in. Belinda was a young starlet in Australia who died a few years ago.
    This piece was sent to me via email so I'm not too sure of its authenticity, however it is still worth taking not of.

    If I had my life over'

    By Belinda Emmett

    (written after she found out she was dying from cancer)

    I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the Earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for a day...

    I would have burned the pink candle sculpted into a rose before it melted in storage...

    I would have talked less and listened more...

    I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained or the sofa faded...

    I would have eaten popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace...

    I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth...

    I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband...

    I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed...

    I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains...

    I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life...

    I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime...

  11. Laurie:
    Not to mention the next week to finish off the Newfoundland novel, add some chapters and backstory. LOL.
    I must take a page out of your book, pun intended.

  12. Debstar:
    I've seen this one before but need the reminder of not caring about the slovenly condition of my bathroom!
    I also remember something about always wearing the good underwear and not saving it for 'special'.
    Thanks for this.

  13. My your list is as long as mine. Could I just be busy being busy? or do I realize that my time here is limited. There is sooo much I want to do, some meaningful, some not so much!

  14. Brighid:
    I try and live my life with a sense of urgency and do recommend it but there is sometimes just too much on the go!!


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