Thursday, November 5, 2009

Over Load

Aaaahh! A refreshing cup of tea. I have been working over time painting. I have had a few orders to get out this week and now I'm working on items for my Etsy shop. I'll post some photos when I'm done. But for this moment I am enjoying a cup of Earl Grey and half a chocolate chip cookie. The cookies came by way of a neighbor. Halloween night my Sweetie and I took over a jar of homemade apple butter and she sent over cookies in return. I think I can spare another jar of apple butter! Actually, I do need to take over another one. Her husband has been in Iraq and just returned home yesterday. No apple butter was left. Wow! They must have liked that apple butter, it was gone in 3 days; they probably set a record for eating apple butter. I'll have to share my recipe with you sometime, we make it in the crock pot, it really is yummy!

Well, the subject is over load. Most of us have experienced this at one time or another. For those who have driven a standard car (that's standard vs automatic), over load for me is like driving 75 miles an hour in second gear. You might be able to do it but you can't do it for long. Sooner or later the engine is going to blow. It's the same with over load, sooner or later something has to give and for most of us it's our health or sanity. This seems to be the time of year when most people go into over load. The holidays are coming up; there is shopping to do, meals to prepare, family and friends coming to visit; we take on extra projects for the school, church or community. We have late nights and early mornings just to get everything done. I don't have the answers I'm still trying to figure them out. I say every year I am going to cut back on some of the things I do yet I'm still trying to cruise at 75 in second gear the next year too. I would like this year to be different, no over load, keep things simple, enjoy the wonderful reasons we celebrate and let go of all my expectation. I wonder what would happen if I did.


Willow said...

You are soooo right about overload ! Eventualy doin 75 in 2nd gear will getcha a blown transmission(stress,exhaustion I could go on and on). I do the same thing every year too. I put to darn much on my plate and then I feel I let myself down when I don't get everything done. There's just not enough time in a day to accomplish everything we need to do.I like your idea of tryin' to keep things simple and celebrate the reason.Now if I could only make myself do that !
Prim Huggs n Blessins

Jane's Designs said...

Well, this is our year for slowing down, as a family we decided only presents for the 4 little guys and then the entire family is meeting up at a campgrounds up on the coast Christmas afternoon to camp for 3 nights. I am so looking forward to it. There will be 16 of us camping(there are cabins that we rent)so all we have to do is prepare one meal for everyone and then bring a snack or dessert to share. I love it, only having to cook once in 3 days yippee!! We will also be bringing a dish in the crockpot already cooked so that we can have a nice Christmas dinner together once camp is set up. I am really looking forward to our new tradition.

The Old Cupboard Door said...

Willow, maybe you and I will make ourselfs slow down this season to enjoy the people in our lives. Less on the plate sounds like a dream, but dreams do come true.

Jane, your comment strengthened that longing in my heart to focus more on the people in my life this Christmas rather that the stuff that needs to be done. I know you and your family are going to enjoy this new tradition. 16 people, that's quite a celebration

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