In the first verses of Genesis, we read that the heavens and the earth were created. That which makes us think of eternity (heavens) and that which reminds us of the here and now(earth). The earth is the foundation upon which we build our lives and homes. Today we celebrate the earth.
It’s April and in Kentucky, it’s a little bit early for planting flowers, but planting or rooting starts to plants seems to be on the list of things do during our #healthyathome time; and planting focuses our thoughts on what’s to come. This is a photo of my kitchen table. If we must #stayhome much longer, I may need another table.
The potential that lives inside a seed is worth considering in our recognition of Earth Day 2020. While it’s early, I did go ahead and buy some marigolds. They are a hardy annual that is bright, and some say keep the mosquitoes away. When I purchase flowers for container gardening, I don’t choose the plants that are in full bloom. I leave those for people who need instant gratification. I choose the plants with a few blooms, but more buds than flowers. Those buds remind me that there is a beautiful flower yet to come. What better way to participate with nature then to watch it in action? To participate in the process by planting, watering, and weeding.
I’m also working on rooting a lilac bush from our front garden because my dad bought and planted it for me. It’s finally matured to bloom and be fragrant. I’d like to add to the lilac garden so instead of buying more bushes, I want to propagate this one.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change poses challenges for people and animals around the world. That’s about all I know about climate change. But what I do know about the climate and the earth is that we are accountable for being good stewards of the resources that result from each. While I’m not great at recycling, I do feel like every plant I put in the ground offers something back to the climate and those of us who live around that plant. That is my contribution.
What can you do to contribute to be a good steward of the ground we walk and build on? The earth that farmers plant in and provide our food. The world our Creator made for us to inhabit. How will you show your gratefulness for what our climate provides – air, water, sun, fertile soil?
The gifts have been unwrapped, looked through, played with, and tried on. Within in the next few weeks (if not days if this unseasonably warm weather stays around), the decorations will come down, and we will put all our gifts away in their new home. This is a great time to go ahead and clean out a closet or two.
I’m amazed at the amount of stuff we as a society store. There are self-storage units being built like hives at every turn. What are we storing? I get the need for short-term storage, but we would not have what is now a multi-million-dollar industry if it were all short-term. I respect the family who keeps clothing for hand-me-downs. True confessions, I currently have three coffee tables in my basement that I’ve offered some of the young people in our lives who are planning their first apartment. But we have accepted living in abundance, to become living in gluttony.
Allow me to challenge you to clean out at least one closet (or one part of your storage area) a weekend in the month of January. It’s a month of post-holiday quiet and all the newness of a new year. You’re going to be making resolutions anyway in the next few days, here’s one that is easily attainable. A quick win in the first month.
My name is KK and like many of you, I love buying school supplies. There I’ve said it.
Back to school is all about bleeding the funds for lunches, uniforms, after school care and yes, school supplies. Oh, the smell of pencils and crayons! They send the brain into learning mode. Scientists should study the brain’s response to these aromas. Doesn’t buying new notebooks and pens make you want to go take a class and expand your mind? True confession — I wandered the school supply aisle just doting over the clean canvases of lined paper, the sum of all potential learning and creativity. Yes, I purchased the items in this photo — but they were on sale and I will use the paper and well, the crayons smelled so good.
And then I got to take my son with me to float along the world of highlighters, markers, and one of my favorites — organizers! Ok, so he just wanted to fill the list from school.
Join me in this time of going broke but loving the adventure a new notebook and fresh ink can take us on.
At least twice a month my husband and I have a date night. Yes, he calls me and asks me out for dinner or whatever I’d like to go and do. Our date nights are an important part of the success of our marriage so far. I’ve noticed on recent outings a phenomenon that seems to be growing. The restaurants we frequent all have television screens posted around or other screens with promotional messaging for the restaurant. One restaurant even had a television in the ladies room. Really, is all this necessary? Is there no place (within the dating budget) outside my home dining room we can escape for a lovely meal and some good conversation? Once when we were traveling there was a screen with a scrolling commercial on a gas pump!
I’m not convinced our attention deficit problem comes from video games. It comes from our constant barrage of messaging and tele-entertainment. We have phones, tablets, computers, tv’s all screaming at us. We come into the house and we turn on a television. Consider this exercise, eliminate half of your screen exposure for one day or one week (that’s after you finish this post and perhaps choose to follow my blog). The second thing I would challenge you to do is spend at least 10 minutes a day focusing on something positive, watching your children playing, watching a sunset, reading a devotion; or just be still and listen to the silence. Perhaps have a face to face conversation (in the flesh, not FaceTime) with someone.
How will this exercise change you? I say exercise, because for some, this will hurt. You’re going to feel it. After the initial twitching stops and you look around, I would imagine you will see things more clearly than HD can ever deliver. There is a freedom to letting go of trying to keep up with what the world is shoving at you and taking control of what you watch or listen to.
Don’t disconnect from your family or your responsibilities. But let go of uninvited intrusions and see what happens.
Four days ago our community had a foot of snow fall. Some areas south of us got upwards of two feet of snow. Yes, I know it’s the beginning of March. Winter was a little late in blooming this year. It tried to show up in November with our first five inches, but it shied away and tried to make a final stand a couple of weeks ago but decided a few days ago to go for broke before the first day of spring gets here.
The snow came and fell for hours. We woke to a foot of snow and the city practically shut down. For those who couldn’t go to work or school it was a prime opportunity to hit the list. We all have them. The list of projects or chores we save for “when we are snowed in”. These projects could range from sorting old photos into albums, cleaning out a closet or sitting in the big chair and reading all day long.
Unfortunately, we are so connected from inside our own homes to the outside world and have so many entertainment distractions at our finger tips, the snow really doesn’t keep us from doing much we would be ordinarily do. Short of a power outage, I could work and still do conference calls. My son could still watch a variety of cable or NetFlix shows. Our snow days didn’t look much different than a normal day off for the kids or a normal work day for me; ok, other than the initial excitement of a day of sledding and take-out pizza.
What will it take for me to hit the list and get it done? Sitting here thinking of two or three of my projects, I find one thing leading to another. Cleaning out a closet is going to mean sorting, organizing and more than likely a trip to Goodwill. But all of the closets need this, so do I sort and organize all of them and make a huge trip to Goodwill? How do I prioritize my list? Can I ever catch up with all of my projects? Or is this like eating the big salad? Since waiting for snow won’t get it done, guess I’m going to have to just dig in.
Here’s my challenge to you – yes, you can hold me accountable – today is March 8, 2015, Easter is April 5th, four weeks. How many of your snow day list items can we complete?
There are many stereotypes about women and their shoes. To be honest, if I had a little more excess in my budget, buying shoes would be my guilty pleasure.
Admit it ladies, the right pair of shoes can finish an outfit and provide just the right amount of sass for an evening out. I’ve had these shoes for a couple of years. Over the last few months I’ve noticed my faithful black shoes are looking tired and ready to retire. I can’t do it without finding the perfect replacement guaranteed to set the tone for any event. They have the perfect combination of platform and heal height. This will not be an easy task.
The hunt will be a challenge and a little overwhelming for this non-shopper. In the meantime, I can’t wear these any longer. Part of what is holding me back is the disposal process. Shoving them in a stinky trash bag seems so drastic. Maybe I will give them their own trash bag.
Their epitaph —
Here in this bag lays a pair of fun (and comfortable) shoes, thank you for serving my wardrobe so well. Farewell friends — rest easy in shoe heaven. Kick your heals up a little.
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