It's 9:53 on a Monday morning, and I have today off. (Okay, quite a few people do, because it's Columbus Day.) But for me, this is all part of that part-time work thing I have going.
It's good today.
But to be honest, adjusting to the new part-time schedule in September was like trying to walk on a moving train. You take one or two tentative steps, thinking, "This isn't so bad. I can do this!" And just then, the train car lurches to the side and you grab the seat back in an effort to avoid falling and looking like a total fool.
My very distinct lack of posting last month is directly related to the fact that this momma was trying to keep it all together. And silly, silly me, I just didn't anticipate that it would be that much of a big deal. But looking back, how on earth do you add three work days into the week without something else falling off the plate? It's just not possible. (For a while, I considered letting the laundry slide. But then I realized just how bad that could get.)
October? Well, October's different. October is more like trying to walk in the aisle of an airplane. You still feel the slight movement under your feet. Your balance isn't quite as good as the flight attendant's, but there's a good chance you'll make it down the aisle without falling into someone's lap.
We've adjusted pretty well. I've learned that being the first one up gives me an edge. Todd's been a super help with packing lunches and getting the kids on the bus three days out of five. What did I end up pushing out of my schedule? I'm still not quite sure. I think what has helped most is simply pushing away unrealistic expectations. Simply doing what I can, when I have time.
But today? Today is a day to work and play.
I need to mow around the garden, but I'll balance that with playing my dulcimer.
The chickens will be fed, but I'll take time to write.
I'll plan science lessons for the weeks to come, but I'll also tuck garlic and onions into the ground.
And the nasturtiums?
These bright blossoms have taken over my garden.
A bit of beauty among the everyday.