6/23/2008

SLOOOW DOWN

"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast -- you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."~~the late Eddie Cantor....comedian and musician.

I am sure all of you can relate to the above message.
Every day we rush through the things we THINK we must accomplish before writing a new list of "to do's" for the next day.
Lately I have been guilty of just that. I do not go out to work, I do not have children at home and I don't have grandchildren living near.
At the same time I keep myself BUSY.

I was born with the gene that makes me 'not able to sit still' and the other one: I HAVE TO CREATE!
Not sitting still can lead those around me to become nervous but I am compelled to 'do do do'.

With RSD these two genes are very important to posess. I can't 'cure' it so I have had to learn to 'calm' it. DOING makes me forget the pain and short circuits I experience.

I have always lived in the fast lane---when kids were home I would get up at 4:30 and write on my novel or make something, go to work for twelve hours then come home and cook and do laundry and run the kids here and there or try to spend some time with everyone.
Or I would work 12 hours and John and I would go over and play raquetball for at least an hour before swimming laps in the pool. You get the idea.

The kids aren't close by but now I have adopted 'half' the neighborhood.
Those 12 and under love coming here to spend time with me.
We have our art class day and now they come knocking at other days to just 'hang out' or help me with chores or 'make something small' ha.

I have to confess I LOVE the company......it breaks up the monotony of all our friends still working full time and not available....and insures my vocabulary and communication skills move beyond trading meows with the cats and kissy kiss noises with the fish!!!

I don't sit in front of the tv and watch 'sporting events' to vent my frustrations like 'what is he thinking?' 'oh sure drop the ball idiot'
The HGTV craft shows don't lend themselves to the same venacular.
Can you imagine.............."What the heck is she doing painting the wall like that.' "Who wants to watch her have fun in that beautiful studio?'
HECK I CAN MAKE THAT Hey what do you know? It actually DOES work......HA!

I have been feeling better because the weather is more stable.....our last snow was June 6th and after all the rain it is warm and sunny. I have been weeding and cleaning.........today I decided to show some of the pics I took over the last few days 'taking time to SLOW down and enjoy the little things in life!!
I do know where I am going but I don't have to do it at 100 miles an hour EVERY minute of every day!
I am amazed at all the honey bees in my gardens when the bachelor buttons are in full bloom. You can actually just sit in the grass nearby and 'hear the hum' as they move from blossom to blossom.
Callie came running onto the deck with this little baby bird. I praised her and she opened her mouth and dropped it........and I picked her up. I hope the little one made it back to the nest. I put her in the flower bed where she could run and hide under lots of 'greenery'.
HMMM Anna has the right idea......just stretch out and NAP.
This is my exercise ball.....but to the kids that come for class.......this is the best kick ball ever....we always take a break from intense crafting to run and squeal and get the kinks out. Callie is in the back ground..she walks the fence every day looking for mice in the field.
I love this picture. I walked out early saturday morning and lifted my face to heaven to 'give thanks to our maker' for granting such a glorious day. I noticed the criss cross of two jet streams and ran for the camera.Within minutes it was dissipated!
Hoping you can all slow down and notice the minute details of the 'fabric' of your lives.

7 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Great post Catieann.
We all need to slow down and appreciate what is around us
Alison

Connie said...

Honey buns, your photo of that bee is fantastic!!!!!!!!
Smoochies,
Connie

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautifully said...and the pics are wonderful too. Susan

bluemuf said...

Hi Catieanne, Great post and your pictures are fantastic.

Hugs Karen

Kai said...

What a great reminder to us all to slow ourselves and really be IN the moment! I'm in love with your kitty-people!

Marie said...

Beautiful post Catie. Thanks so much for the lovely e-mail. I have not had time to answer yet as the big wedding has been going on up at the big house and so I have been working alot of overtime. Still guests to tend to for the next week or so,but will try to find a few minutes soon! XXOO

Lydia said...

Love the bee picture!! and Anna stretched out:) Lydia