Friday, October 24, 2008

sorting and picking and ordering

Yesterday, after the guys finished their coffee and Charlotte's maple twists . .. I began to sort the pictures from the drive to Merit and Spences Bridge.

I could waste so much time doing this. . . but then again, is it really wasted time?

Where does the guilt come from? I'd like to know. I pushed it to the back and continued to sort and pick and order online the pictures for my dining room. I'm picking them up at Costco today. . and I'll let you know if I'll be doing it over again . . .unhappy with my choices or if the idea in my head. . . worked.

The rest of the day, I continued to make applesauce for the wee ones. . .and for us too. Chopping, cooking and turning the food mill. . .the guilt vanished and the ice cream pails filled up.

In between the apple sauce making. . the picture sorting and ordering .. .I spent a bit of time on the phone. . . .should I feel guilty for that?

I had a call from back east. . .chit chatted a bit with my sister in law. . .who is patiently waiting for the twins to be born. I had a call from my dear friend who had I needed desperately to catch up with. . . and I had a phone call from a wee family member. . .didn't have much to say for herself .. but that certainly wasn't a wasted moment.

After that. . .the phone rang again. . .while I was turning the food mill. . .

He said. . "I don't smell no coffee". . . .so I assured him that is was because he was in the shop. . .and not in the house. . . . . . He moseyed in for a cup of coffee. . ..was that wasted time?

Some days if I remain very focused. . .I can accomplish a great many things. . . and I feel accomplished. Other days. . . I wing it. . .and feel unaccomplished.
What I want to do. . . is be available. . . that is what my calling is right now. . .
and I'm thankful for it.
My job doesn't pay very well. . . .or does it?
Have a wonderful day my friends. . . I'll be catching up on office work today.

21 comments:

  1. This post means more to me today than you can possibly imagine. I think that it will bless a lot of women (men, too) today.

    Thank you for putting it to words.

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  2. Oh I'm so glad you sorted through these photos. They are just beautiful and make me smile. It's good to be available Lovella! Blessings on you and yours...

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  3. None of it was wasted Lovella, you are so blessed to be in a place where you can be avaiable to those who need you! That is payment enough indeed, right?
    Beautiful photos!

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  4. Oh, I can so identify with that! I always have much more on my 'to do' list than I manage to accomplish...but what a privilege to leave the list until tomorrow and enjoy the moment. I had one of those days yesterday...and the list remains for today. But the memories are so much greater...the relationshipos so much better...than if I stuck to the list.

    Beautiful pic's!

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  5. Time with those we love is never wasted time. I guess I have come to realize these past few years that when I prioritize the seemingly urgent tasks I have missed the blessings in relationships that would have been there for me. I've learned to drop the task and build the relationship...keeping in perspective that life does have things we just must get done. Your pics are beautiful. Can't wait to see your choies on the wall. Kathy

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  6. Time with those we love is never wasted time. I guess I have come to realize these past few years that when I prioritize the seemingly urgent tasks I have missed the blessings in relationships that would have been there for me. I've learned to drop the task and build the relationship...keeping in perspective that life does have things we just must get done. Your pics are beautiful. Can't wait to see your choies on the wall. Kathy

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  7. I don't think any of it is wasted time either. I love the fact that you are working at being 'available.' Vee was right, I am so encouraged by this. Being a young woman and wife and working full time and being really involved... I think God is trying to teach me how to be more 'available' and it's not all about accomplishing things as the busyness of life would have us believe. Thank you for writing. Your blog always encourages me! --Amber

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  8. I think we all deal with that productiveness attitude, Lovella. We all want to feel valued and sometimes part of it is valuing others, in what ever circumstance it is, coffee etc. making apple sauce, telephone calls.
    The next time, you receive from someone else and WOW it feels so good.

    I know the feeling, but we should not feel the guilt. Enjoy your day.

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  9. Beautiful pictures, Lovella --- a perfect way to spend a day!

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  10. You have the highest paying job in the world - not one everyone is able to have or enjoy. I'm with you on your thoughts on that!

    I notice you've gone back to the black background. I like it!

    Lori T

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  11. I'm too often guilty of wasting time. Today, however, I've had a paintbrush in my hand. We're spending a few days with my daughter and her hubby and we've been put to work!

    My break is over...

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  12. i think you already know my thoughts on how you invest your time with relationships etc etc.
    they pay off is big darlin'....don't feel guilty!!!!
    charlotte

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  13. such soothing autumn pix.....
    thanks for all of your prayer and care

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  14. Incredible photography. I haven't been around for awhile but am enjoying catching up. Goodness, with the new look of the blog (black background) and those sharp fall colours...it is like opening a magazine. Wonderful. Ah....I know what you mean on your discourse....my weekend days feel 'yanked' from here to there and most often I feel unaccomplished....but tis not so. Your day sounds like you gave where it was needed.

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  15. I think the very best 'jobs' with the greatest dividends both in this life and the next ... pay very little in mammon curency.

    I didn't see anything in your day that was worthy of any guilt ! Your guilty moments were the only ones you should feel guilty about. SMILE

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  16. Martha, Mary, Martha, Mary, Mar... hmm...
    love the Indian grave yard scenes. No matter where you go, they all look the same.

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  17. So glad you spent your time fixing pictures - you are giving us (and other when you print them off) such delight - that's investing in your artistic side. And I know that your family and friends are so happy you chatted on the phone - that's evidence of your relational strengths of encouragement. And of course time spent with your husband is an investment. I'm sure everyone will enjoy the your culinary skills evidenced in applesauce and Charlotte's maple twists.

    All in all? A very productive day. :)

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  18. yikes - just read that over - I think I'm more tired than I realized. It's a little disjointed but you'll know what I mean - I think you had a wonderfully full day!

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  19. Your job may not pay big dollars, but it pays something even richer - eternal dividends.

    I am enjoying your fabulous photos of that beautiful country. Some of them look like paintings to me, such as the bridge in your header, and the third one on this post looking out across the fence. Just gorgeous.

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  20. Time spent with people you love, whether on line, on phone or over coffee, is never wasted, Lovalla.

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  21. I think your job pays well in ways that count.
    I too have mixed feelings of guilt and being blessed when other talk about balancing work and home.

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Thank you!