You've probably noticed that I haven't blogged other than the weekly sketch and recipe. The sketches and recipes are scheduled ahead of time. When I have a free hour or two to work on sketches or type up recipes, I'll add them to the blog weeks (or months) ahead of time. This gives me peace of mind knowing that my readers will at least have something new to try, even if I'm not technically "here."
I have not been technically "here" in several weeks. I never would have dreamed 20 years ago that life would be so busy for me now. I was the slug on the couch eating junk food while I watched TV all weekend. The housework didn't get done regularly. I had no hobbies. I had no children.
I got tired of having to do a deep clean of the house every time company was coming. I wanted a house that was presentable even when someone dropped in unexpectedly. After 9 months of chipping away here and there, I've finally got that. The weekly 'maintenance' like sweeping, vacuuming, and keeping clutter from piling up has become routine. I've been clearing out the basement over the last few years. Let me tell you, the basement was a disaster just a few short years ago. I've had a yard sale once a year for the last 3 or 4 years. This is the first year I've had two in the same year and that's because I've really pushed myself. I'm tired of looking at crap that's been in this house since we moved in. The upstairs living space is about 90% free of crap. The basement is about 60% free of crap. There will be another yard sale in the spring. I hope that's the last one for awhile.
I gained more hours at work a few weeks ago which has been a big help financially. My husband is still out of work from his accident back in May. I've been taking a one-hour Zumba class faithfully twice a week. It takes something pretty big to make me skip my Zumba class. All of this decluttering plus my additional hours at work plus Zumba plus having two children and a husband have left me with little time for my blog. I want to do stuff for the blog but my mind has been a million miles away for the last couple of months.
Starting the week of Oct. 4, my sketch feature will be put on hold again for at least a few weeks. I've got a few projects to take care of before I can work on sketches again. I'm looking forward to my life slowing down at least a little bit by mid-October.