Monday, October 23, 2017

In Which I'm Excited to Choose Plan B


Ok.

So it's Monday morning.

I've got some choices to make.

After last week's Unraveled saga and the conversation that followed, I could do a bit of a post on emotions, what their persistent messages whisper, how to do them well, talk over some healthy responses to choose in the midst of their sometimes relentless assault.

Blah blah blah.

I really need to drag out all the summer clothes, sort through them, decide what's worth saving another year, toss the rest.  And then proceed to drag out all the winter clothes and do the same.

There's a pile of laundry just begging to be folded and yes, the vacuum awaits a good workout on these sandy floors.

Mmm ... I really should go through the emails that stacked up this weekend, cross off a few things on the to-do list, make a phone call or two.  And of course, there's always that subtle beckoning to wander around online.

If I'm feeling really ambitious, I might even think about what to whip up for supper tonight.

{sigh}

OR . . .

I could toss it all to the wind and head outdoors to relish yet another warm, crisply golden October day.

Plan B it is! 

Later ~







i think I will write that follow-up piece on emotions.
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47 comments:

  1. Hi Linda! Oh yes, take advantage of those beautiful sunny days. They'll be gone soon, and you'd be sad to miss them.
    I just got back from a weekend with my daughter, and the weather was beautiful. I'm so glad we could spend some time away, just walking and shopping and yes, eating! Memories to hold for a long time.
    Enjoy your Plan B!
    Ceil

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    1. Aren't those the best weekends, in the company of those nearest and dearest?

      Especially when there's 1-1 time tucked in there. Love it.

      I'm so happy for those memories added to your already brimming heart, Ceil ... you've had some fabulous weekends in recent days!

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  2. This made me smile! Hopefully Plan B will leave you refreshed for all the other stuff. :) No crisp, golden October day here - it's raining pretty hard and is supposed to all day, but it hasn't in a while, so we need it. I'm very glad I don't have to get out in it today.

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    1. Ah the rain ... yes, it's coming our way in the next few days. I hear we need it, too.

      And there's nothing like a quiet day at home, puttering around, is there.

      Except when the sunshine calls and we have no choice but to say 'YES!'

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  3. Enjoy your time in the sun! Hope it is invigorating. It is cold and gray here - a day to stay inside!

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    1. Cold and gray describes today. But oh that sunshine felt so good!

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  4. I hope you have a wonderful time, enjoying your day!

    You made the right decision; this day will not come again.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/10/your-dying-spouse-388-caregiver-so-far.html

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    1. I guess sunny days aren't unusual in your neck of the woods, Andrew. I hope you're feeling well enough this week to catch some of those strengthening rays ...

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  5. I'm glad you went with Plan B. I would have, too!

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  6. Oh, sweet friend, how I wish I could join you :) EnJOY!

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    1. How fun that would have been! We could have brought our binoculars along and you could have taught me all about our winged friends flying by ...

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    1. I don't believe we've met, but I'm delighted you said, 'hi!' Welcome ...

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  8. Good for you! How wonderful to have a Plan B kind of day. It’s rainy and gray here so after running a few errands I think curling up on the couch is in order,

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    1. Some of my favorite days have been curled up in the couch's corner. I hope you found it cozy and warm, Mary ...

      Coffee or tea?

      Book or magazine?

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  9. Plan B sounds good- hope you had a lovely day! Look forward to reading your follow-up post at some point too!

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    1. Are you surviving, Lesley? This has been a long haul for you 31 Dayers and I think of you often.

      Yet, look! You, June, and Andrew are all here today. I feel kinda honored that you'd take the time in the midst of the craziness to connect.

      Thanks!

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  10. You made the exact right choice, Linda! These sorts of beautiful days will be gone soon! Last week in Ohio was stunningly beautiful....cool temps, chilly nights, sunshine galore, blue skies, low humidity....ahhhhh! Each day beckoned me outdoors. We have not had much leaf color due to the heat here until now. (That's hard to believe for this late in October.) This week the temp has dipped by 20 degrees and it's overcast with lots of rain in the forecast. This season and age allows us to choose these sorts of things that didn't fit into our professional and parental lives earlier. Go for it!!

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    1. And this you wrote is so absolutely true, Pam -->'This season and age allows us to choose these sorts of things that didn't fit into our professional and parental lives earlier.'

      I'm so grateful to be here right about now ...

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  11. I would have made that my Plan A and B and C and...

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  12. I love your plan B, Linda. Think I'll join you!
    Blessings!

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  13. When we lived overseas we had plan, A, B, C, C, E and even an F when needed. Now living in the state when one of those plans required food I can just go to Kentucky Fried Chicken, or get a salad, love that I don't need as many plans.

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    1. Hi Betty ... I'm guessing that living overseas completely upends our typical daily expectations. I hear you have to go with the flow, adjust your calendar, and ease on through each day.

      The older I get, the more I find that appealing.

      And KFC? Oh yeah!!

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  14. I did this one day last week -- an afternoon outside doing all things yardwork, and completely ignored my dirty house.
    Sometimes ya just gotta do it!

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    1. For some reason, Michele, any kind of yardwork makes us feel strong and accomplished, doesn't it?

      I helped my husband clean up a bunch of shingles and stuff after he finished redoing the garage yesterday. You'd think I'd climbed the ladder and swung the hammer all day!

      ;-}

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  15. Oh Linda, I appreciated your Unraveled saga so much but never came back around to comment. Then I read this post yesterday while I was trying to decide if I should cobble a blog post together for today or just take the week off while I concentrate on what's right in front of me. Your words helped me make the right choice. :-) The blogosphere will continue, with me or without me. But that pile of paperwork on my kitchen island will not complete itself. I hope you enjoyed Plan B, my friend!

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    1. How cool that you found a bit of motivation here, some encouragement to follow your heart {and your common sense!}, Lois. For some reason, it's way too easy for us to think the world's gonna end if we don't put up a scheduled post.

      But so far, that hasn't happened, has it.

      Let's keep encouraging each other to take the pressure off, to write when inspired because we can't wait to, not because we ought.

      Be at peace ...

      ;-}

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  16. Good for you for choosing Plan B, Linda. :) You inspire me to allow myself more freedom. Sometimes those stacked-up emails taunt me, especially during this 31-day writing month. I know I need to allow myself grace that I can't get to all of them, so your words encourage me today. :) Love and hugs!

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    1. Grace and space, Trudy. That's our bywords!

      Enjoy some freedom, some rest for your soul ...

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  17. Get a puppy. You will spend numerous hours walking outside even in the rain. LOL

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    1. Now that's FUNNY!

      * arf *

      I know you're enjoying your stout, fluffy eared companion, Carol ...

      ;-}

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  18. I like Plan B too! I need to give myself grace to choose it more often. Thanks for the inspiration, Linda.

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  19. I love your freedom, Linda! October is my favorite month, and we got our first rain of fall yesterday! I was so excited. Blessings on your week!

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    1. I love October, too! I couldn't let it pass me by. I'm glad to know I'm in good company.

      And the rain? Coming down in windy sheets this early morn ...

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  20. Linda,
    I love it that you chose the second option to chuck all the to-dos in favor of enjoying a great fall day! Now if only we'd get some of those fall days here in Florida, I might be tempted to give up my all-important shower-bleaching and knickknack-dusting! :) xo

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    1. Ah ... bathrooms and dusting. Two of my least favorite household tasks.

      * sigh *

      Let's go out for lunch instead, ok?

      ;-}

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  21. Linda, your post made me smile. I think you chose the better thing. šŸ˜€ We only get so many fall days before winter blows in and kills all the color. I needed this perspective on a day when I’m feeling wearily and overwhelmed. Thanks for this!

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    1. Hey Jeanne ... I'm with you ... whenever I get weary and overwhelmed, I need to get outside. I need to turn off all screens. I need to get out and live a life.

      I'm glad you're here today!

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  22. I am excited to be back on your blog again! I wish I could join you in the partaking of Plan B... but I have been in mega nesting mode for the last few weeks, and even with little mister being 3 days old now, I am STILL fighting the overwhelming urge to fold laundry and dust and scrub and clean! lol! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. 3 days old and here you are! Wow!

      Congrats again on the arrival of your little guy. What a beautiful family God's blessed you with ...

      It's good to see you again, Gingi!

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  23. GLAD to know you have your priorities right!!
    Blessings, Friend!

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  24. oh, I love this. Seizing the moment! Hooray for you for not wasting the beauty of a day and embracing plan b.

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda