Saturday, October 3, 2020

Our House. Our Home. Anything Goes.


This past week has been a little rough. My original plan was to conquer painting our home office. That didn't happen. I can't fully blame Mother Nature for the unseasonably warm and humid temperatures during the first half of the week. The rest of the blame. Well. I'm owning it. 

Our home office has 1 window and an overhead light. Last week, Lisa had to cover 2nd shift. After she left for work on Thursday, I had less than 3 hours of daylight

After the sun went down and I only had the single overhead light, I realized that painting our home office during Lisa's 2nd shift schedule was a big mistake. 

I realized it was even a bigger mistake yesterday morning when the sun came out and our home office was lit only by sunlight. 

Normally, I would have freaked out, lost sleep, and kicked myself in the ass over and over. But, I didn't. Instead, I reflected on the dozens of conversations Lisa and I have had over the past month. 

This is our house.

Our home.

There are no deadlines.


Because there is a tremendous amount of flexibility, especially on my end. 

I no longer have to revolve my work schedule around others.

My work schedule includes, but is not limited to...

Taking care of our kids which is a full-time job alone.

Writing and publishing blog columns. 




Desk work.


It doesn't matter if I choose silence or putting the music on.

And, it doesn't matter what time of day or night. 

When Lisa is home, our meals and family snuggle time is no longer interrupted.

Lisa takes her vacations based on when she wants to take them. 

Her vacations no longer revolve around house and pet sitting and when those around us need our services.

When Lisa arrived home from work on Friday shortly before midnight, we sat in the living room with our kids and chatted.

I was stressed out because I didn't get our home office painted.

Lisa reminded me that it was okay.


She even went above and beyond...

Lisa suggested we scoot out Saturday (as in today...) morning and have a little date morning.

I agreed. 

That's what we did. 

We visited our favorite orchard for more apples, squash, and cider. Before heading out, we grabbed a bag of their hot cider doughnuts and a cider slushy for breakfast. 

Then, to Lowe's for paint and supplies. 

We decorated the front of our house for the Fall season. 

And, I made homemade clam chowder. 

And homemade bread. 


Well, I don't know.

We have been craving a roasted turkey dinner. 

I'll make that. 

For our family. 

For us. 

Next week will commence. 

With motivation and determination. 

As always.

From here on out. 

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