Friday, May 24, 2013

Trying to slow down time

It has been a busy week, and it has just flown by with breathtaking speed.  Most of my weeks seem to do that, and I don't know whether it is just the busyness that makes it pass to quickly or just age.  More and more I see why at a certain age one is "over the hill", and I think it may have something to do with picking up speed and momentum at some point.  It seems that every Friday I find myself asking, "Where did the week go?"  Ah, for a month at the beach with no schedules, no appointments and no agenda...!

The highlight of the week was on Wednesday when I declared it a No Computer Day.  We would not even turn the computers on.  The decision was based on the fact that everyone was making too much use of the computer, not excluding myself, and I just thought that the time being wasted on reading this article or looking up that movie review could be better spent.  I also declared it a day off from school, although learning continues all the time.

I read picture books to the Gemma and Dominic, and played Chutes and Ladders with Gemma.  I played Wildcraft! with the kids, and we a balloon powered rocket.  I pulled out my old collection of postage stamps, and looked at the pictures on them with the little ones.  We baked cookies.  I'd hoped to get around to reading The Hero of Bremen, which I picked up at last week's library sale, but ran out of time.  Again, too few hours in a day.

This morning I awoke at 3:20, and after lying awake for a few minutes, I decided to get up.  I had things to do before we go into Bowling Green this morning, and I didn't want to feel rushed.  I just want to be able to slow down a bit, take in moments and live mindfully, rather than dashing from one thing to another, but I don't know how to do it.  Things need to be done, and believe me, I already try to eliminate as much as I can of what is unnecessary.  I do spend time each day--even if only a little--doing something I enjoy, like reading or knitting.  But there is still so much to do, and I don't see any of it going away any time soon!

Well--enough wasting time time here!  I'm off to shower and rouse the kids.  Have a good, slow, easy Memorial Day weekend!

[By the way, I just linked the Wildcraft! game to it's site, and they are selling it for nearly 50% off through May 30th!  I highly recommend this game--it is cooperative and the kids have learned a lot about healing herbs and identifying them.  It is the game we play most frequently in our house.]


  1. love the balloon power rocket. and i must say i have had those weeks (months) as well. sometimes, honestly, turning off the computer seems to help. the internet is the ultimate time sucker. have a great weekend, may it be slow and luxurious.

  2. Talking about slowing down... I had such a busy Friday that I meant to come back and comment and completely forgot! I am never quite sure how the week can pass so quickly... I think I remark at the end of nearly every week, "Where the heck did the week go!?" As for the long weekend, I hope you have a pleasurable one! We are keeping it quiet on purpose since we have a break from soccer games.

    May God bless all of those have served and are serving and, especially, the families of those who have given their lives for our country. +JMJ+


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