plant grapevines help hubby build a 'chicken coop/critter structure' new bark down in the front flower beds call to have carpets cleaned!!!! finish up some thrift store make over's and the new bed can some bing cherries - yummmmmm!!! finish my red basket quilt top - my annual 'Christmas in July' project read Volume 5 of 'Prelude to Glory' and the novel 'Wives and Daughters' finish my curtains for the front of the house bay windows June 15th - trip to the mountains for my retreat with Lisa Bongean - (CAN'T WAIT for that one!) plan my Holiday 2009 'Christmas Tea Amongst the Quilts' Open House paint the potting shed
SIMPLIFIED To Do List for the Summer:
Do all the above, but do it with JOY!!!!
Sometimes we look at 'to do lists' with agony and dread. I know I do. But this summer, I am glad to be able to 'work around the ol' place' and beautify things. It is my choice. I can do work (and add fun) with an attitude of ugghhh, or I can think of how much will be accomplished and how beautiful it will look.
If you look closely, the clematis above is growing on an old metal wheel. I saw this idea down in Utah at a WONDERFUL shopping hub called 'Gardner Village'. The gardners down there had the most beautiful honeysuckle growing up and all over this metal wheel. I loved it!!! But I didn't have a wheel. But my mother had four!!! I did some bartering, and we came home with this wheel, to which my husband welded an old metal post or axle of some kind. He worked in 90 degree temps one day while I was gone, mixing cement for the hole by hand and all, and wow!!! And he did it all with JOY! One of the biggest lessons he ever taught me. Work with joy - because it does matter.
I can't wait to get started on my 'To Do List'!!!!!
I am a displaced early American born about 200 years too late! Actually, I do like my indoor bathroom facilities, but envy the simplicity and commonness that filled the days of the colonial women. Hard work, but they would and did find joy in their day!