Good morning all! How are we this lovely Monday morning? It’s a slightly different Monday than usual for me as I am at home having a day off with Phoebe who has the dreaded chicken pox! When she woke up on Friday morning she had a couple of little spots on her face and my initial reaction was “NO!!!!” but then when she didn’t have any other spots anywhere else I presumed they were just bites. The reason that chicken pox would have been such a nightmare? Just the small fact that Phoebe’s very first dancing festival was scheduled for Saturday. She has spent weeks getting her routine perfected and I have spent the last week getting her costume put together and we were ready! We were ready to knock ’em dead and join her dancing friends in the world of competition!
When I collected her from school those two spots had become 3 but I was still in denial and took her to her dance rehearsal. Then as she was getting undressed she took her shirt off and turned round and her back was covered in them. GUTTED! I guess it just wasn’t meant to be, but she now has to wait until after Christmas for the next run of festivals so it was such a shame not to get her first one under her belt.
Anyway, what had started off as a very busy weekend turned into a long expanse of empty time to fill. I was literally given the gift of time and it was glorious! Our weekends are so busy, Andrew regularly has to go to work so that he can be at home one day in the week for school pick ups. There are so many activities that go on, along with housework and getting ready for the new week, it usually all goes by in a bit of a blur. So to have a whole weekend and an extra weekday (Grandma is coming up to babysit on Tuesday) of wonderful nothingness was a fabulous treat!
I often wish there was an extra day in the week. I’d be able to get everything done if I just had more time. I’d be able to relax a bit more if I just had more time. In reality if there was an extra day, would it be any more relaxing or would I just fill it with more work, more jobs, more activities and more stress?
So what did we do? I could have got up to date with the washing and ironing, I could have blitzed the house and made it sparkle and shine, I could have done a whole week’s food shopping and planned meals for the week ahead. I could have written several weeks’ worth of blog posts and got myself totally ahead of the game! What I actually did…a whole lot of nothing! And do I regret it…no! I did do a few jobs but I was determined to use my time wisely and I felt the best way to do this would be to put my feet up and bloody well enjoy it!
I bought a Christmas magazine and read it from cover to cover! I made biscuits with Phoebe (she didn’t like them so I guess I’ll be eating them all too!). I had a long mooch round B&M and bought Phoebe some winter bedding she had been after. We took a drive around town to spot some fireworks and we took Bungo out for a lovely long walk on Sunday – in the fields where we wouldn’t be around people that Phoebe could infect!
Even Andrew, who usually gets frustrated when we’re not ‘doing’ things, enjoyed the peace and relaxation. “We never get weekends like this” he said as he searched for pieces of his Christmas puzzle! He’s right though, we never get weekends like this and we made the most of every moment, by enjoying our very special gift of time and using it wisely.
If you were given the gift of time, say an extra day in your week, how would you fill it? Would you spend it with family and friends or would you fill it with work and jobs?
Have a great week and give yourself some time to chill out and relax…you’ll feel brand new!
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