Working in Increments
Above is my front flower garden. It might not look that big from this angle, but let me tell you. When it's time to pull weeds, it can take a while. Especially if you're like me and let it get away from you.
So, lately, I've decided to pull a weed or two every time I walk by.
This may seem like it wouldn't accomplish much. After all, what's a few weeds when there are so many others left?
Well, let me tell you.
By working in increments like that, and breaking it into a few at a time, it's not nearly as hard on my back and legs. And after a while of pulling two or three weeds each time I walk by, there won't be that many left at all. Instead of having to spend over an hour in the hot garden, I'm taking a minute here and two minutes there and doing it a little at a time.
And it's much less daunting, too.
Childlike Faith--Reading the Bible
Have you ever read through the Bible? When's the first time you did it?
I'll be honest. I sludged through most of it one year in college. Since then, it's been hit or miss some years, but I've gotten to where I try to read it at least once a year. One year, I did it in three months with a friend. That was intense, but it was also doable.
Why is it so hard to make time to dig into God's word and learn the story of how we got to be where we are? Shouldn't we want to know all we can about the God we serve and love?
My six-year-old does.
Good for Better
Last year, the above picture happened. And you might not see anything wrong with it, because zinnias are lovely, right? Well, to read more about it, here's the original post.
Needless to say, I didn't want a repeat of my zinnias taking over my vegetable garden.
Don't get me wrong. I adore zinnias. I love their sturdiness and vibrant colors and the way they attract butterflies and bees.
But I also love seeing my green bean plants and other yummies growing healthy, too.
My children still say "ew!" when they see my husband and me kiss. And I'm okay with that.
Don't get me wrong. It won't keep me from kissing my husband when they're around, because well ... we like kissing ... and because they need to see a marriage that's healthy and strong so they can grow up to have one of their own, too.
But they're also still four and six. And they don't need to be kissing anyone but parents and family yet. And those are pecks on the cheek.
They have their own way of expressing love, though.
My plan for our family vacation in 2020 was to spend a few days in Chattanooga. Where we live in TN, it's only a two-hour drive, which is so much easier with two wiggly children. Of course, we all know what happened in 2020. Needless to say, vacation didn't happen last year.
So, this year, as I started to think about summer, and as things opened up more and more, the plan was on once again. And, as all things in life go, plans formed, changed, formed again, and changed again.
What I've Been Reading
Read anything good this year?
I've read several good things, as well as a few that disappointed.
Every year for the past few I've taken the Goodread challenge to set a goal of how many books I'd read in the 365 days. This year, my goal is the same as last -- 125. I passed it last year, but I also figured I'm going to be a bit busier this year than last, so I might as well leave it the same.
There are no awards at the end, except for having read that many books, which is a reward in and of itself, usually.
This is a place for me to share thoughts and ideas not just related to writing. Thoughts about what's going on in my life, about an idea I got that I thought shareworthy, or just a funny anecdote.