It is quiet around here this morning. The dishwasher and washing machine are running, providing a hum in the background. You've Got Mail is playing and Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox are keeping me company while all the people I love the most are doing their own Monday morning things.
The sun is streaming in the windows casting a glow that holds the promise of spring and some of us are trying to soak it all up. On Saturday I heard the birds singing their gleeful songs but then on Sunday it snowed. Just when I think it might be too early to get excited, the geese fly overhead honking their wonderful greetings and I think, hello friends! You are back early! I hope that means you know something I don't know! When it comes to spring I always think in exclamations.
I have much to do today. I already can't imagine organizing my life without my Day Designer and while I hesitated to spend that much money on a planner, I will not hesitate next year. I'm now much better at prioritizing and using my time wisely. There is still room for improvement but it is so much better than this past fall. Maybe that's part of why I've been away from here lately. I'm also getting better at making time to be creative as long as I get the less than fun things done first thing in the day. I'm working hard towards taking time for myself without guilt. I read this the other day "Choosing to make time to read a book or do a craft or pursue a passion is not idle. It is not unworthy." Yes! I needed that.
I have so many projects in various stages of doing or planning. A baby blanket, another baby gift, an embroidered pillow for Maddie, a birthday gift for a friend, Emma's birthday party, a bathroom renovation and Valentine's Day projects. I'm not as good at multitasking as I was back in my working days but hopefully it will all come together in the next few weeks.
Am I the only one in nesting mode lately? I'm fairly certain the purchase of this banquette for our dining room set me off. I had my eye on it for a long time and I'll tell you I found it impossible to pass it by at 65% off. I now find myself hunting for a new dining room light, two upholstered chairs as well as a new rug for our family room to replace the seagrass one that is currently unraveling a bit more each time I vacuum it. And also if the perfect wood dining room table (with a leaf) presented itself to me, I wouldn't turn it away. The problem is, because this is my forever house, I sometimes have a hard time making decisions. I get mired down in the research and options or the exactly perfect vision of a particular item in my head, which, in reality doesn't exist.
I love that every room in our house makes me happy and invites me in and makes me want to spend time in it. Not a single room is completely finished but it doesn't seem to put a dent in my happiness. I can't believe we bought this house almost four hears ago! I also can't believe how much we've done to it in that time. There is no other place in my entire life that has felt like this home does to me. It's the least perfect home I've ever owned. And also the most perfect. I hope your Monday is full of creativity and promise.