Mercy, it's cold out today! I stocked up on coffee for Alfred and hot cocoa for the kids. For dinner we are having chili served over a bed of rice and topped with cheddar cheese...warm and hearty on a cold night such as this.
Except for the occasional post, I have all but stopped blogging because who wants to hear about me trying to balance work and home with an auto-immune disease? But this is now my life and I really miss this creative outlet.
As for homemaking, I feel I am forever behind. I'm exhausted and hurting after an 8.5 hour day. Meals tend to be something quick and definitely not homemade on those nights. On my off days it's really not much better. It's like I've lost my homemaking inspiration... And I wonder to myself, is this all there is...just making it through each day?
That's not how I want to live.
I no longer care if my home is magazine worthy or if I'm not serving fancy made-from-scratch dinners. I'm done with perfection, being a martyr, and self-loathing.
I only have so much time and energy. Good enough will have to be good enough. My main concerns are keeping the pantry stocked, the bills paid, the laundry done, and spending time with those I love. The rest is gravy.
Small pockets of time will be used to tackle chores before and after work. There will be no marathon cleaning sessions. Menus will be planned and I'll be looking for simple recipes and making use of the crockpot on days I work.
Frugality is still very important to me so I will continue to look for ways to incorporate more frugal doings into my life.
And lastly, I want to make time for things I enjoy such as reading and blogging. All work and no play makes for a dull girl.
I don't have all the answers. Far from it! I'm just learning as I go. And I hope you, my readers, will come along for the ride.