Thursday, June 4, 2009

I Think I've Got the Blah's. . .

It's Thursday morning, and here I sit at my dining room table. To my left, there is a green and yellow Harkerware bowl filled with oranges and lemons, "The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook", and a steaming cup of coffee. To my right, my kitchen window - I'm looking out at the lush green grass of my front yard and listening to the cheerful song of the birds outside. Ivan just left for work and the girls are still asleep, so I am relishing the very rare moment of quiet in my home. It's definitely a still, peaceful morning, yet I'm feeling a little anxious and irritated.

Thursday is my normal day for grocery shopping, and it is usually a 3 or 4 hour ordeal. You see, I strive to honor God with our finances, and to honor my husband's blood, sweat and tears also. I don't want to waste any of the money that he works so hard for. Because of this conviction, I clip coupons. And I scan sales ads. And I go to at least 3 grocery stores every week. And, believe it or not, this is something I really enjoy doing. It's like a game - seeing how much I can save and what I can get free. 40% savings is a pretty common amount I see at the bottom of my receipts - and last week, I got Ritz Artisan crackers, a box of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, and a can of Cutter Bug Repellant free.

I also use this time to teach the girls. They are learning how to compare prices, find the price per unit, and stick to the budget that I've set up. Emma and Sarah take turns marking off the grocery list and putting our goods in the buggy.

For some reason, I just don't feel like it today. Maybe it's because it looks so dreary outside. Maybe it's because I took the day off yesterday and stayed on the couch with a good book. Or maybe . . . just maybe. . . it's because I have about 3 weeks worth of coupons to go through. And this week, I can't go anywhere until that is done.

I've really been trying the last few months to stay on top of things here at the house. I've got a "homekeeping" system that, for the most part, works for me. If you were to just drop by for a visit, most days I wouldn't have anything to be embarrassed about. Believe me, with 3 children that are ALWAYS home, that is a feat to be proud of. Well, for some reason, coupon clipping has fallen to the bottom of my to do list lately. If my list isn't all crossed out by the end of the day, "coupons" is one of the items left undone. So it gets forwarded to the next day. And the next. And the - yes, I think you get my point.

So, I need some help here, peeps! How do you inspire yourself to do those things that you don't just love to do? How do you get past the dreary day humdrums, and kick those gray skies out of the way?

Because we really need some milk in this house.


  1. Oh how I can identify! Unfortunately, the only solution I've ever come up with is to kick myself in the tail and make myself do the one thing I'm dreading the most. I so rarely actually do that, but when I do, I feel so much more energized when it's done! Wow, so I guess now I have to take my own advice and head to the kitchen...:-) Well, maybe after I finish blogging!

  2. Margie, I admire your commitment to your family and the Lord will always bless you for it. If I were home, I would just go and get you some milk and you could wait until tomorrow to do your marathon shopping spree. :) You are entitled to a not so motivated day every once in a while. So, relax, it will go away. Love you!

  3. Hey were is your next post, some of us groupies are waiting to read the next one!
    I need to get back on here too, I had one fromarkansastoabilene and I haven't been on it since a week before Analeigh was born. I need to start a new one, FB took over and I just hadn't gotten back to it.
    Hope you are doing well.


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