The most recent situation in which I've had to practice Flexibility is with our poor old house. You know the song, “This Old House”? I’m feeling that song with THIS old house. We recently had an unexpected visitor. Le Mouse came to visit. He (or she as only the cat now knows) was NOT invited. It is NEVER a good time for such a visit. I spent most of December planning for a successful 2014. I started the first 10 days of the year with a bang, complementing my self on my flexibility no less! Then… in the middle of the night… *scratch, scratch, scratch* “What’s that?” I say. Hubby whispers back, “I’m pretty sure it’s a mouse,” and the big brave man that he is; he hands me a flashlight. I prop myself up on the bed, flashlight in hand; not about to put my feet on the floor lest nasty little visitor decide to scamper across my delicate little toes and make me wake the house with my scream. I wiggled things around… banged on the wall… and heard nothing more… Needless to say, it was NOT a restful night. In the morning, AFTER my coffee, I began a more thorough investigation. Sure enough! A hole in the wall! Poopy little tracks on the floor! YUCK! Thus began a week long overhaul of “This Old House.”
I used to rearrange several times a year and clean our whole house, but I’m not as ambitious as I used to be. (I'm feeling old!) I am sooooo glad I have such great helpers now. The boys are getting quite strong and can move most of the furniture and stuff themselves. It’s great. I just point and direct. We took everything except the bed and my dresser out of our room and mopped the whole thing. That always makes things smell so fresh! I used a new vinegar and herb concoction I’ve had soaking in a jar since summer. Then we started on the boys’ room, which is right next to ours and swapped dressers around. I gave them the big buffet for a dresser, so they each have a drawer and shelves in the cabinet. So much easier for them to stack their jeans and overalls in. The drawers are nice and deep, so they hold everything and still shut. (An accomplishment with boys.) Then we moved into the dining room and made a new set of shelves all along the 10 foot south wall. It’s not pretty, but it takes up less floor space than the buffet did and it will be so nice to have all the school books in one room. We purged and stored everything else that would not fit. (…how did I have all that stuff in there to begin with?)
Needless to say, I’m tired. I got grouchy and impatient. Every time I took a break, my helpers disappeared to the wind. Things had to be done several times before they were just right. We had several lessons in attentiveness and following instructions. In the process, I am continuing to learn Flexibility. Early spring cleaning was NOT in my plan this year. (at least not yet…) There were so many other things on my list. I got quite overwhelmed. I wore myself out trying to accomplish more than my body could handle. Another lesson learned. (I hope!)
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