Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Weather

Today, December 30th, 2008, we had 11 inches of snow fall between morning and evening. It was beautiful. Since we were inside most of the day (me and the boys I nanny for), I could look out and see the pure white snow falling against the dark sky. When it was time to go home, I could hear the buzz of many snow-blowers clearing paths at each home. The snow was thrown back up into the sky in miniature flurries. Festive!

Sometimes when it's raining, I like to look out at the reflections of the lights against the wet streets- the elongated streaks of color. People with their umbrellas make the day seem cheerier, although the day itself tend to have a lazy-day feel. If I could, I'd wear rubber goolaches to protect my leather shoes from getting wet. If it's raining, I will go ahead and wear my plastic pink heels because they can be dried with a paper towel. Match that with my polka-dot umbrella, and I've got myself a romantic day!

Sunny days are sunny. Too sunny. I think it's almost best when I can describe the day as "sultry". I picture real lemonaide and a lovely well-worn porch. Until I can get the porch, I'll have to make do with our AC, but I look forward to the day I have a porch and a fresh glass of lemonaide! ... and Autumn, is there anything as beautiful as the colors in autumn?

Back to winter wonderland: Today was a good day. Tomorrow, with my fresh new batch of 24 hours, I think I'll... start out with a prayer of thanks, a delicious cup of dark roast coffee, and a focused plan for the New Year.

Happy New Year! May your next year be a tad-bit lighter in spirit, love, myrna

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I think I want more of THAT

Those that have and those that have not... it's been on my mind. When we go shopping, I think 'We have not so many things!' When I'm home with family I think, 'Wow, I couldn't possibly want anything more!' How does that happen?
Who decides what I want and what I don't want?
Do I know what I need and what I merely want?
Does that make you feel as crazy as it makes me feel?

The mere surplus in our homes and the clutter of our lives- it makes me crazy. To keep up with the speed of technology, one needs to invest hours of learning. To have money for entertainment, one needs to work hours at a job to enjoy a fraction of time with those hours spent.

I imagine the people born in simpler times dreamed of indoor plumbing, electricity, refridgeration, oven cooked food, ... cars, mass transit, planes ! Oh how could we want anything more? Except I think I need a clutch in my 5-speed, our computer needs an overhaul, I'm working overtime for holiday cash, etc...

Here's my relief when I think my head is going to cave in from so much conflict: It's just this way. It is what it is. Why try to do everything all at once? One friend once said to me when I said, 'I don't have enough time... ' (and this changed my life): We All Have The Same 24 Hours.

Oh goodie! What should I do with my 24 hours right now? Right after I blog, I'm going to get a tall glass of water, wash up, and select a fabulous book to settle in with before bed. And tomorrow? A brand-new set of 24 hours!! I think I'll write a list tomorrow, and I think I'll stand outside and imagine we're all standing out from the earth. :)