We do Granny Nanny (and Papa) Care for our two-year-old granddaughter 2 days a week. Throughout the school year I volunteered a morning a week in our seven-year-old granddaughter's classroom. About once a week or so we host a family dinner at our house for our sons and their partners and the Grands. Last month we all went on a Family Vacation together for 3 days at the beach. We just completed a 3 night/4 day "sleepover" event with the Grands while their mommy and daddy had some away time together without kids. We'll do it again in September, a week after also providing before and after sport camp care (and chauffeuring) for our seven-year-old granddaughter's first soccer/baseball/football experience. We celebrate birthdays and holidays together. We absolutely love that our family lives nears us and are so grateful that they want to be part of our lives and invite us to be part of theirs.
I feel equally blessed by my friendships. I have spontaneous coffee dates aplenty; a standing breakfast with one friend weekly and with another a regular lunch date. I travel with friends, celebrate birthdays, holidays, and retirements. I sometimes host a "Girls Movie Night" at my house and recently a "Garden Yarning" event for knitting and crocheting blankets for refugee centers. Hub and I stay in touch with old friends who've moved a bit further north with an every other month Happy Hour date and see other friends as well when the occasion arises. Monthly, for the past 18 months, a group of twelve close friends gathers for a meal and a sharing circle in each other's homes. Hub and I facilitate the discussion. We are planning our next group weekend retreat in the fall. We are so happy and blessed to have this abundance of fabulous people in our lives!
I try to keep space on my calendar for "open time" too. I used to schedule every day, almost every minute. I don't do that anymore. I've learned to say "no" even to things that sound like fun, because I need my quiet, recharging time.
I have always marveled at the likes of J.K. Rowling and others who say they wrote "in their spare time": after the kids were in bed, sitting in their cars, waiting at the doctor's office. I just have never been able to really write on demand. I'm practicing a bit now, though, with the yoga blog. Since I do get paid for that I sometimes "make" myself come up with a topic and a blog post and it usually works out fine.
Perhaps a bit more discipline for this blog is called for. I'm using the excuse that time, energy, and attention span due to a busy life are the culprits. It could be my tendency to procrastinate and wait for vast expanses of time to access the muse and get an idea down in print.
Just writing these three posts about why I don't write has been instructive for me. I see where my time and energy go and it's not always to a good place. (Hello, wallowing in political despair!) July is nearly over and August soon upon us. Maybe I'll make an August Resolution to embrace the Nike tag line: JUST DO IT!
At least, that's the view from here...©
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