Good morning! It’s Friday morning 5am. I don’t really have to get up this early today, I’m not preparing lunch for my daughter, and walking her to school before work. That usually takes up a big chunk of my weekday mornings. We had a scare earlier this week. Let me grab you some coffee, or maybe tea? And I’ll tell you all about it.
Last Sunday we cut our hike a little short, because my daughter was tired. Very tired. I thought that was natural, considering that she’d just finished a long week of important tests at school. We went back to the house, and she voluntarily took a nap. That is unusual, but it happens occasionally. There’s a lot of pollen in the air, and it sometimes bother her, I thought maybe that plays in as well. I especially thought so when she woke up on Monday morning still being very tired. She was due for am immunization shot later that day, and I decided to let her stay in bed.
I worked during the day (downstairs, in our house.) She did some arts and crafts in the middle of the day, and slept through the afternoon. I got off work a little late. (That is the one thing I HATE about my job, not having my time respected, I love everything else. This happens a lot. I grew up in a culture were respecting other peoples time was crucial. Not respecting other peoples time by being late, was the worst form of disrespect you could show another person. Since time was considered everyone’s most valuable asset.) I had to rush, and put my daughter straight in the car, and drive to her Doctor’s appointment. She was a little red in her face when we got into the Doctor’s office, and felt hot, but it was almost 90 degrees outside, and we had stressed to get to the appointment on time.
She didn’t look too good. We got called in immediately, and she had over 103 in fever. The Doctor heard a wheezing sound from her lungs. She told me that it must hurt for your daughter to breath, but my daughter who has an insanely high tolerance for pain, said that it didn’t. She looked worse and worse by the minute. She got medicine to take the fever down, and was diagnosed with a bad case of bronchitis. She’s had a little bit of a cough for a couple weeks, but everyone around us has it, and she never complained about it. It’s extremely dry here in the desert. Cough is common. For the first time in her life she’s on antibiotics (she never needed it before,) and steroids. We left the Doctor with 8 prescriptions. I felt so bad for her.
There was a couple sleepless nights, and challenging days. She started to feel slightly better yesterday, but I am making her take it very easy. On top of that I’ve worked 24/7, since the parents of the boys I’m taking care of had a planned trip Tuesday-Thursday. I’d say everything went very well, juggling the care of a sick daughter, and two energetic little boys. Everyone was in good spirits the majority of the time. Can’t ask for much more. It’s been extremely windy, and it was an OK week to play indoors. I could not have taken the kids to play outdoors, like I usually do every day, even if I wanted too. I’m happy it’s Friday! And I am so grateful for my daughter’s normally very good health. I’m not easily worried for anything, but I was slightly worried this week.
Can I get you a refill on that Coffee? Or maybe some tea?
It’s going to be very comfortable temperatures this weekend, a high of 69 today, 74 tomorrow, and 83 Sunday. Well, 83 is stating to get a little too hot for my taste, but the other days sounds fabulous.
I reread The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own (Hardcover) by Joshua Becker. I’ve been living a minimalistic lifestyle for several years, and even before that I enjoyed sleek lines, without clutter in my home. All my homes have been inspired by a Scandinavian touch. However, I feel that an important part of being able to live a free life, where possessions doesn’t own my time and energy, is to go through my things on a regular basis. I usually do this 3-4 times/year, donating and selling things I no longer use. As I felt it was time to do that again, I reread Becker’s book, to get inspired. It is truly liberating to not drown in “stuff”. A minimalistic lifestyle is an important zen strategy in my life. Minimalism should be customized to each persons needs. It can not be the same thing for everyone.
Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. – Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, theminimalists.com
For me this means that I choose to live in a smaller space, and own less physical things. Since I purchase less things, I can choose higher quality things that last longer. That goes for clothes, outdoor equipment, and even food. For me personally minimalism means that being debt free, is a priority. I barter when possible, and keep my monthly expenses low. Caring for my loved ones, educating my daughter, living a stress free life in close connection to nature and animals, while keeping track of my family’s ecological footprint, is important to me. It’s a lifestyle.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller
Are you still good on coffee? Can I get you anything else? How is your week? Any fun plans for the weekend?
Photo from last weekend’s hike in Red Rock (NV.)
The birds are singing outside my window right now, and it looks like it’s going to be a very beautiful day. Have an amazing day!