time: spending spree or saving for a rainy day?

Excellent news!
The person who was in YBW’s office tested negative for covid!
WOOT!
Even though it turned out to be nothing, my husband’s company took this seriously and was proactive. The decision to send everyone home and have the office properly cleaned shows the health and wellbeing of the employees is important. While it may be a simple fact of keeping everyone healthy so they can remain at work, I appreciate the effort because it helps keep my husband healthy.

In other news:

With so much ‘free time’ we are tackling as many time consuming tasks as possible.
House things are at the top of that list. Things that need to be done as we live here, and in the knowledge that this prep work will assist us when it’s time to move into our new house.
YBW has lived in this house twenty one years. In addition to his own things, he accumulated things from his parents. This time is a gift in which to sort and purge, and make decisions about how he wants to curate his life at the end of his time in this house and the way he plans to live in the new house.

In the unfinished part of our basement in which the mechanicals are housed, there’s also shelving and storage bins. He began tackling his stored things early this year, but on Saturday, I requested his assistance to access three bins of my stuff. It was a successful bit of work as we did a quick survey and purge of other things too. All in less than half an hour!
I’ll be going through those bins this week.

I’m all about this organization, y’all!

Yesterday, YBW cleaned out his closet. And since I already did mine, I chose an activity that kept us in the same room and able to talk about what he went through.
I ironed all our napkins.

Y’all it was so damn satisfying.

Porch life is in full swing!
This week:
Nora joined me for a porch life visit.
we had a virtual happy hour on the porch with YBW’s work friends for which I quickly threw together a half-assed charcuterie board.
we popped bubbly during appropriately social distanced porch life with our neighbors.

Today we planned on a shoot day, but it’s cloudy and damp. Not the best lighting or weather for taking photos.
Maybe I’ll get on my bins sooner than I thought?

I find myself go through spurts of being uber productive. All mindful and self aware. Only to flip the coin and spend an entire day watching Youtube vids, or blazing through books.
I’m currently rewatching all the Harry Potter movies. In true Give a Mouse a Cookie form, watching them highlights how different from the books they are, and how book Ron and movie Ron are two completely different characters, and how much I adore the books, and now I find myself wanting to read them all over again.
My journaling already killed one pen.
I’m on the porch as often as possible.

Do y’all find yourselves doing the home tasks you’ve put off?
Are you using this forced free time to your advantage?
Are you equal parts ‘ruthless efficiency’ and ‘straight chillin’?
Are your streaming subscriptions at peak ‘worth the cost’?
Are you tackling your TBRs?
What about your gardens?
Are you sick of the news?
Do you miss going places?
Are you content to be at home?
Are you tired of being asked questions?

Dang! All those questions felt a bit like…

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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6 thoughts on “time: spending spree or saving for a rainy day?

  1. I love the energy I feel in your writing, and speaking of the spanish inquisition – Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. I am glad to hear you were able to enjoy a talk on the porch and you didn’t have to use a soft cushion to force anyone to talk. lol
    I felt a bit inspired to do some organizing thanks to you. I am still tired from a hike yesterday up Giant’s head mountain. For me it was a challenge. https://www.tourismsummerland.com/play/attractions/giants-head-mountain/

    • Thank you! Sometimes my energy is scattered, but overall, it serves me well.
      I’m always happy to inspire organization, and your Giant’s Head Mountain looks gorgeous!

  2. Hello! I’m definalty doing more than intended which is great, my moods are so up and down at the moment, for obvious reasons, but I am getting to a lot of little jobs of been meaning to. They may not make a massive change day to day but mentally I feel like I’m achieving more. Have a great week!

    • Yes! I think mood fluctuations prevent major undertakings, but allow for the completion of many little jobs. And finishing many little jobs feels like a great undertaking!
      Thanks! ❤

  3. debscarey

    I don’t think I’ve “used” the lockdown period that well in truth. My excuse is I was recovering from surgery, but I think it may be more related to the fact that the next batch of stuff to sort through is stuff I’ll have time emotionally separating from, so I’m avoiding it. I have managed to fit in some useful training though, which has also inspired me about the potential for an additional income stream,so am counting that as a win 🙂

    • Recovering from surgery is hard enough work without concerning yourself if you’ve ‘used’ the lockdown time properly!
      I understand about the emotional aspect of sorting. There was a period of time in the middle of the photos that I walked away from them for eight straight days. It was so much! Joy and sadness and doing it alone was hard, because I couldn’t share my thoughts or memories or feels. I forced myself through the emotional aspect of these tasks. I’m glad I did, but I’m not sure how quickly I’d tackle something like that again.
      An additional income stream is a total win! Brava, you! 🙂

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