It has been sweltering hot here and it will be months before there is any real relief in sight. The heat and humidity is doing me in and I've come to accept the fact that, while living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I have limitations. I am not super woman and will no longer attempt to try to do it all and then some in a day.
I have decided to go with the flow. I list 6 things I want to accomplish each day around the house and yard (beyond daily maintenance) and that will have to be good enough. My focus will be creating a comfortable (read not spotless) home for my family, preparing good meals and snacks, keeping the yard clean and spending time with my family.
If I can get my work done early in the morning, then I can enjoy creative pursuits such as reading, cross-stitching, drawing, crafts, and doing things with the kids.
Since Alfred has gone on active duty orders, our time together is limited. He is up by 4:15am, leaves for duty an hour later, and returns about 4:15pm. He is outside all day in this heat and is exhausted when he comes home and turns in for bed between 8-9pm. We have such little time together these days. I want to make the few precious hours we do have together count.
Another limitation is the use of my car. Alfred has to drive to Mobile (a 45 minute drive, one way) each morning which leaves me homebound. Grocery shopping and trips to the library will have to be done after he gets home in the afternoon. I don't mind it very much as I am home most of the time anyway.
This summer I am learning to slow down, keep cool, and go with the flow of whatever life throws my way. It is about accepting what is and working with my limitations. It's not always a bad thing. I choose to make the most of the situation and look to the bright side.