The joy of puttering around! Maybe I’ll write a book with that name to add to the library of The Joy of … books—Gardening, Motherhood, Sex. Anyway, today is being a lovely, satisfying day of puttering, frittering, dawdling. Not inactive, high energy, actually, doing whatever I wish.
Worked out with Spike and the Bulldogs, my 35-minute, self-choreographed routine.
Had pancakes and eggs and read more in The Creed, What Christians Believe and Why It Matters for breakfast.
Communicated with friends and readers to try and get my Kickstarter campaign popping. Not looking good to reach my goal, but I’m not going down without a fight. Good to catch up with people I haven’t been in touch with for awhile. And, these contacts held encouragement, which is good because self-promotion and marketing require massive amounts of encouragement—and determination. There are days when I just can’t do it. But today—yes I can!
Listened to the inimitable Dorothea Benton Frank on the delightful Walter Edgar’s Journal. What a hoot that woman is, and she had so much inspiration for writers in their hour-long conversation. I’m going to listen again and take notes.
Cleaned my toaster oven while listening to Dottie and Walter. This is a household task I perform on a regular schedule—whenever the crumbs catch on fire.
Talked with precious daughter for a good while, professional to professional. Joy.
Hung out a load of wash. Another household task that needs doing is to take the dirty clothesline down, scrub it, and rehang it. I also rehang my clothesline on a regular schedule—whenever the sheets touch the ground. (I’m not that good at knots.)
Social networked for awhile and had fun doing it. Days off from the computer, nonetheless, are important, too.
Now, going to look for $5 summer shoes on the sale rack and get what I need to make a batch of oatmealers.
Then, PBS Newshour and Washington Week in Review, my typical wild Friday night—unless the news is so maddening and/or depressing I switch to reruns of Mash (the cleverest program on TV according to me) like I did the other night.
These are a few of my favorite things, and it’s a whole different deal to do them because I feel like it rather than because I must. Luxurious.
This free and easy schedule has a marvelous edge to it following the 12+ hours per day intensity of finishing the composition stage of the book, starting up the campaign, and scheduling events and book tour. I’m beginning to feel human again. Thank you, God, for all of this. All of it.