Woke up this morning and looked around the cottage … it was in deep need of a good clean.
Unfortunately the butler and maid have gone on a long long holiday … and Coco hasn’t got any hands … so … it’s up to me.
Made a list:
- change bed linen – hate changing duvet covers
- wash sheets and towels and clothes – 3 washes
- clean fire
- start new fire
- make up lunch stuff for next few days
- walk Coco
- clean fridge
- wash dishes
- sweep floors
- oh yeh – wash myself and get dressed … and blow dry hair
- check emails
Just thinking about the list made me want to go back to bed.
I could hear myself going ” god I hate doing this … there’s sooo much to do … all too hard … leave it until tomorrow … boo hoo … boring … not fair … blah blah blah’
Decided to use one of the tools I talk about in my Life Dreaming workbook – basically you do 3 things:
- change the internal (sometimes infernal) chatter to something a bit less soul destroying … something like … ‘ I’ll enjoy doing each task really well … put on some music … daydream …’
- imagine the end result … I saw the place looking neater … fresh smelling clothes … getting into bed tonight with all that clean linen … fresh bath towels … warm fire … feeling satisfied that I’d done it all.
- break it down to small steps … we often give up because it all looks so daunting/boring … so … I just did the first task … and then the next … and then the next … teeny tiny steps.
I’ve done 99% of it … still haven’t done the dishes … but have done everything else on the list …
Plus … I dealt with the usual unexpected stuff … had time to listen to a friend who dropped in to ask me to do a small site for her … and got it registered and started the design.
Now folks … the earth hasn’t tilted on its axis as a result of me doing all these mundane tasks … although my Dad has probably fainted from the shock after reading that I actually did some housework.
I pleased myself by not avoiding the mundane (but necessary) housework … and by changing my internal chatter to something a little more positive … I made it a better experience than if I’d moaned and groaned through the whole thing.
I actually do practice what I preach in Life Dreaming.
And … Coco also had a long walk … down to Lock 5.
The day actually mirrored my mundane kind of mood … nothing awful … nothing special.
So … I decided to push myself a little … and see if I could find some magic in the mundane looking Lock 5.
I saw the waterfall through the still leafless trees … and it kind of all sparkled.
Coco went still for ages as she looked at the sheep.
And I was very pleased with myself for not staying in bed all day reading … although that’s allowed as part of my Olympic Lolling Training – going for Gold on that one folks.
Thanks to Pam for her gift of a bottle of wine to me … and a hand made toy for Coco to chew … notice that it’s a vet!
Coco loved it.
On Saturday I was invited to Jane Gilheaney’s (Shaylyn Performing Arts Centre) for dinner. Her sisters Martha and Laura were also there … as were 6 other women (including me).
We were invited to dress up … which is always fun … and all the women looked gorgeous.
Drinks, lovely food and great conversation were the order of the evening … and I laughed a lot. I had a wonderful time in Jane’s beautiful home.
I got a chance to catch up with some women I knew and get to know some new ones … always fun.
I didn’t take photos as I just forgot… I was having too much fun chatting and listening … Mary took some and said she’d send them on … so you may get to see them sometime soon.
Jane – thanks for all the effort in creating a really lovely evening – and thanks also to the co hostess Laura.
Laura’s a dog person like me … so we had fun talking about our pooches … not all evening … there was too much other fun stuff to chat about … as only a group of women can do.
A quick reminder – The Build Your Own Wind Turbine course starts again in Ballinamore next week – Thursday, Friday and Saturday for 3 weeks – or come on individual days.
There are a few places remaining.
And finally – our Solas Art Gallery in town is having an exhibition opening this Friday at 7.30pm. It’s a group show of 3 artists including a friend of mine – Aisling Blackburn. All welcome.
Here’s a sneek preview of a couple of Aisling’s pieces.
This pen and ink drawing is my favourite
I like how Aisling plays with proportion in this painting
You’ll have to pop into the gallery to see the rest … 0r … visit her site when it’s up and running later in the week … I’m having fun with the design at the moment.
Thanks also to Dee and the Hamills for popping in huge bags of coal … good neighbours and friends.
That’s it for today … have a lovely week.