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Saturday morning

It’s Saturday, and here I sit in my jammies. I’ve had breakfast, I’ve had tea and I’m thinking about another cup. I’ve washed last night’s dishes, read the news online. I’ve checked my Facebook and Twitter accounts and done a crossword puzzle. Basically I’ve just been frittering the time away, and I only feel a hint of guilt.

When I was a kid, even on a Saturday mom would have made me get dressed by now. It was shameful to be found in your pajamas by anyone outside the family after about 9:00 a.m.  Since the paper boy came to collect in the morning, it was better not to loll around.

Here’s where this post goes totally retro and I run the danger of revealing my age, but oh well. Saturday mornings would usually find us on the living room floor watching TV. Now that I’ve raised my own children, I understand how freeing it was to Mom when something interested us more than going with her to the  A&P. She knew that if our attention was occupied, we could stay with Grandma, who lived with us, and it would be easier all around.

Here are some shows from my Saturday mornings past. I know they will seem unbelievably quaint.

“Here I come to save the day!” — That would be Mighty Mouse. Note that shameless product sponsorship is nothing new. At least here it was toothpaste and not Twinkies.

Heckle and Jeckle — not my favorite, but still there, so I watched. That’s what you did when there were only three channels and no recorded movies, yet TV was still a completely, captivatingly, new medium.

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. They saved the town from bad guys in 30 minutes every time.

American West heroes modernized: Sky King and his niece Penny to the rescue not on horseback but in a Cessna — or was it a Piper Cub? Obviously I don’t know my aircraft.  More shameless sponsorship: Nabisco

Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney with a live audience of kids. I’d almost forgotten about this one. Exclusively sponsored by Tootsie  Roll.

Enough of this. Gotta go back to being a grown-up, get dressed, and get to the bank before it closes.


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I’ve been having fun making things, a bit at a time.It awakens something in me.

Knitting up rectangles that get sewn into wrist warmers, a pair for myself (done!) and more for gifts, will use up some of my yarn odds and ends.

I’m also making paper beads from old magazine pages. Each one emerges with its own handcrafted look. When I get a stash of colors built up, we’ll see what they become.

Frugality and creativity do seem to bring out the best in one another.

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Saturday so far

I just laughed out loud by myself in the car, listening to Click and Clack the Tappit brothers. They always sound like they’re having so much fun. Good start to the day.

I was coming back from the post office, having just gotten two more boxes out of my house and/or car. One box I’ve been hauling around(one  of many right now because just getting them out of the house feels like a victory) in my car ever since last Saturday when I tried to mail it but did not have the correct address with me. Before that it had sat on the floor in my office since before Christmas. Sheesh, what a mom and grandmom I am. The other box had only been on the floor in myoffice for a couple of weeks. Before that it was on the floor in my bedroom. Can’t show a house with stuff like that sitting around. Now both are on their way to their destinations, and I’ve taken one more miniscule step away from chaos.

I’ve also been to the library this morning. That is a joy-giver for me, usually. I’m a reader-geek who keeps a notebook just for books: a section for books I’ve read with mini reviews, and another section for books I want to read. Obviously I’m not following through very well on fasting from other people’s ideas, as I posted earlier, because I brought home 3 books today. Maybe they can be the carrots, the rewards for accomplishing more steps both miniscule and substantial. I feel so accepted by librarians. When I mentioned my reading-geekiness to the lady at the desk this morning, she said with a smile, “It really is like a candy store.”

And now — the heavy lifting of my day approaches. Professional help will be arriving in half an hour to help me clean and declutter, a gift from my mom-in-law. I’ve had lots of other home repair and maintenance help from others as well, and now it’s time for this. This whole selling my house and then moving process really overwhelms me, still, even when I know I need to do it and it will free me in multiple ways, really. But I’ve been promised that when the flood seems to overwhelm me, I will not drown. The One who loves me best and has power to calm the sea has hold of me and will not let me go.

So, let’s do this thing.

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