Swirl the Good Around
Sandy Willoughby

And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for
ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23, 24

This is one of my favorite verses. It is almost sure I've shared it in previous writings bec/ it speaks to me.

Right now, I have a long and growing list of things in need of being done around here. There is a partial bag of Epsom salts crunched on my desk from my four year old, an ironing board doubling as a pre-school sized desk with a small chair close by and as far as I can see --- there are things out of place.

The scene I'm presenting isn't everywhere here and surprisingly... there is order there and about. My kitchen sink is shining with a blue striped towel folded neatly across.  The Master Plan Book lists I made are hand in hand with Flylady's routines (basically just making it fit my life, I guess) and I am clawing me way up this great homemaking cliff I call home.

That little engine that could seems to be puffing far off in the distance sometimes!

Lots of clothes on the line in southern heat has good and bad points. The dear and delightful things are: sun cleaned and freshened clean and wift (my own word perhaps?) of outside ear. The exercise is a fantastic good since I walk down a hill and up every load or two. The down side of the hill:) is me getting so hot I end up sweating every time and am eaten alive by bugs if I go out at dusk. As much laundry as we do ... it is several times a day.  There is still nothing to compare the wind blown sheets tucked around our mattresses or the air sanitized clothes from head to food. I shall be thankful for these things and remember how futile whining over the
insignificant really is.

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected,
momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in
the mountains...
Diane Ackerman

There. A dear quote making me even more determined to make the most of these momentary and fleeting times. All too soon I will be longing to hang load and loads of laundry up, dance down the freshly mown grass to the lines, and run with the dogs all the way back up.

What about you? Are there bittersweet bits of your homemaking where the few dreary things try to make light of the magnificent ones? Think about cherishing them and all the memories they might be making...

Sandy Willoughby 2007


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