Loving the Life I Have….

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I really do love this Life I have….its not the one I  thought I would have, but its the one I love.

So what makes this life worth loving? So many things, many of them which have nothing to do with the physical.  They are more intrinsic, harder to put into words so someone understands them but I’ll give it my best shot.

I know it sounds odd but I have a wonderfully messy home. Yes, it does drive me crazy some days for it to be so messy but to me it means we are spending time doing the things we love; whether its outside in the garden and yard, exercising, or playing with the dog. Just the fact that it is not perfect tells me we have a very full life.  I think I would have great difficulty having my happiness be based on a perfect house instead a happy Home.

Maybe he is not a “perfect” husband but I appreciate him all the more because he is not.  It allows me to be myself along with all my faults and imperfections. It allows me to be real; I can be happy, sad, silly, serious and even unsure of myself some days.  He is my sounding board when I need to reflect and he gives me (mostly) honest feedback.

I have two wonderfully creative and caring daughters. They are both are smart and intelligent–and doing it for themselves. Thankfully I have been able to instill that one thought in them–whether its getting good grades or learning something new, they need to do it for their own pleasure and satisfaction or it will not be as meaningful in the long run.  They both are very creative, although in different ways–one excels at graphic designing and the other is an extremely talented writer. They make me so proud of the women they are becoming.

I have a career I love.  Its not just a job to me–I love being a nurse! I am so fortunate to be able to do something I love-and do it well, that it fills me with a sense of satisfaction; I know I am touching lives and improving them while they are in my care. It is who I am at the core of my being: a care giver. I am so very grateful to work with a group of people who also feel the same way and who support each other in times of happiness or grief.

So what is missing to make this a perfect Life? Hmmm, guess I’ll have to think about that–because I can’t think of a single thing right now that really matters.

(Oh–and this image can also be found here–my thanks to its creator!)

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Really? I have to explain the concept of a dishwasher?

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I know I can’t be the only one!!

Do you have to explain to the other people you live with the purpose of a dishwasher?

I have this cartoon hanging on the wall above my counter that houses the dishwasher….and for whatever reason the dishes rarely make it INSIDE the dishwasher!! They are brought to the counter, put in the sink, left on the table or…heaven only knows why they would still be on the table next to the couch!!

Just as much as the fight to get the dishes inside the dishwasher, I also have to pester, badger and remind the “other people” in my house that they can actually be put away and you don’t have to use them directly from the dishwasher.

OK, so I am exaggerating just a bit but you get the idea. As much as it is a time saver it really isn’t a Mom energy saver. There are days that I give in and just put the stuff into and out of the dishwasher but that is only for my own sanity.

House cleaning is evil….

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I will be the first to admit it: I really dislike housework!! I would rather do almost anything else instead of being stuck in the house cleaning. I mean you just need to do it again and again …and rarely is the whole house clean all at once, atleast not in my house.

I think the thing is we have too much stuff and not enough storage areas. Either that or my house is suffering from “flat surface syndrome”….it seems that as soon as I have a flat surface, whether a counter, hutch, table or whatever, someone feels the need to put something on it.  I’ve noticed this in many a house and wonder if there is a known cure.

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house!! I am amazed by the people who have houses that actually look like something out of a magazine.  I love the fresh smell of floor cleaner like Murphy’s Oil soap and freshly washed linen. The thing is I have so many other things I would rather be doing:  gardening, walking, hiking, reading, sewing/quilting. Then add in the family and spending time with them. Oh and work–can’t forget that either!

So what to do? I could nag everyone in the house…but I don’t think the hubby or my two teenage daughters would appreciate it as they have things they would rather do as well that are more important in the long run; exercise, homework, decompressing after a tough day at work / school. Or I can accept that the ‘perfect house’ is just not a reality for us and deal with the clean clothes in laundry baskets (rather than in drawers) and try to corral the paper clutter of mail and magazines in a basket and just enjoy my life. I have a plaque that reads “This house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy” and I might be able to live with that…atleast until a rainy day happens.

What is your feeling on housework: a good thing to do or an evil that must be stopped? How do you deal with it either way?

(my thanks to the creator of the image which I found on google images)

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