We all have days that are very busy and we all have days that are very happy. Unfortunately sometimes those days aren’t the same day. But I just had a day that was a very busy, happy day! And it made me think about what I need to do to have more days like it.
Tuesday was a very busy, happy day for me!
Lately I’ve been busy but I’ve also had so many looming chores that it was hard to be happy about what I accomplished because I kept thinking about the next thing to do. Instead of enjoying the day I was experiencing I focused on the following day and even sometimes several days out. But Tuesday was not one of those days.
I’d made plans with Eileen to take in a pair of Mr. C’s dress pants for the two weddings we have coming up. Since both our youngest, Pete and our daughter, Jami are having very casual weddings we didn’t have to worry about formal wear for Mr. C or some fancy dress for me. The only problem we ran into is that Mr. Comfortable has lost so much weight since he got cancer that all his pants were falling off him.
Eileen is a whiz at sewing so she agreed to take in the pants. It wasn’t going to be a hands-on sewing lesson for me. We wanted to get the pants fitted quickly so we knew Mr. C was set for the weddings. Eileen came over and did the work while carefully explaining each step to me. I actually think I could take in Mr. C’s pants so good was her teaching!
Sewing and gardening made it a very busy, happy day for me!
But before we started on the pants she had to inspect the flower beds. Eileen is the gardening guru. She volunteers at the FFA greenhouse and there’s no plant or flower she doesn’t know. She asked what I was planning to put in the barrel I’d moved from the hill to the east bed. I explained I had originally hoped to do New Guinea Impatiens but that they turned out to be pretty costly. Immediately Eileen announced that, after sewing, we were going to the FFA greenhouse.
It didn’t take long for her to finish sewing. She loves the sewing machine gifted to me and so do I! With the large number of stitches available and the other great features Eileen whipped those pants out in record time. So it was off to the greenhouse!
Once we arrived I was amazed at the number and variety of vegetables, plants and flowers the FFA kids grow! And a bonus for me, I could hear and smell the animals the kids raise there. Some of you may think that would be gross but for an old farm gal like me it was a little slice of heaven!
Eileen began rapidly picking out plants and flowers for my approval. She explained the sun requirements and features of each one. She even had a couple there that I had on my flower bed wish list. The first thing she grabbed was an entire flat of large New Guinea Impatiens.
She pulled out a plant that she was eager to introduce me to; Persian Shield. I laughed and told her it had been on my wish list for some time!
Next she began loading up shade plants, flowers that require full sun, and trailing plants for the barrel. She pointed out that the trailing flowers coming down from the barrel between the impatiens would be lovely. I agreed.
Eileen also picked out some really interesting coleus for the shady areas in the flower beds.
When we set out I thought we might pick up a couple of flowers. Instead Eileen loaded up several flats. I need to get everything planted and that’s going to be a very busy, happy day for me, too!
The day isn’t really done until after dinner!
After Eileen headed home I thought about what I was going to make for dinner. I’ve had a hankering for Chicken Parmigiana for a while so, in spite of the heat, I decided that was on the menu. The thought of that dinner made me happy even though it takes a bit of work. Who can worry about work when making Italian food?
But before I started dinner I had time to brush the dogs and let them play. It was really hot but they still had a good time before deciding to tell me it was time to retreat to their air-conditioned home.
As I got ready for bed I thought about the day. I hadn’t worried about the next chore or thought about what needed to be done the next week. Even with Pete & Andi’s wedding just over a week away I spent the day concentrating on one thing at a time. I vowed that I’m going to keep doing that. Each task will be what I think about until it’s time to move on to the next. I believe that will mean I’m going to have a very busy, happy day most days!
Image of FFA Greenhouse courtesy Webberville Community Schools