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It’s crazy how fast things can escalate from mild craziness to utter chaos in our home.  Whether it be a mess that suddenly multiplies, or sisters bickering and screaming, or boredom that becomes out-of-control whining.  I’m not always sure how we get to that point, but I do know what to do when we get there: go outside.

Right now, I’m amazed how simply stepping out the door brings instant change, to me and the girls alike.  I don’t know if it’s just the change of scenery, or the fresh air, or something else, but somehow everything that was really bad 10 minutes ago seems to melt away when we’re outdoors.  And I’m not talking out in the woods or the hills or at the lake.  I’m talking just walking around our neighborhood.  That’s all it takes.  Right now, being outside solves all our problems (although it doesn’t get the laundry done!).

All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been.  Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday whenever I get around to it, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now.  Feel free to join in.

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Sometimes I wonder what the heck people were thinking when they settled here in the Dakotas.  Long, frigid winters. Regretfully short growing seasons.  Crazy wind.  No trees.But right now I know the answer: rhubarb.  Rhubarb, people. (Ok, the government’s offer of free land might have had something to do with it, too.) 

All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been.  Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now.  Feel free to join in with a comment or a link to your own post!

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Despite all my talk about homemaking, I’m having trouble keeping the house an orderly and pleasant place to be, with summer beckoning us to go in all different directions at once.So right now, we’re going out as much as possible.  When the dirty dishes are stacked overwhelmingly high, or I can’t walk through the living room without stepping on some random toy or kitchen utensil, or those piles of laundry that need folding just won’t go away, we head out — to the park, the pool, the lake, the library.  Or just into our own yard. Anywhere that keeps me from having to think about the mess for a little while.  I thought once summer rolled around I’d finally get organized and keep things tidy.  But now that we have another little one toddling around, dragging things from place to place, maybe I have to face the reality that “tidy” just isn’t going to happen for another year or so!

All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been.  Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now.  Feel free to join in with a comment or a link to your own post!

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My blog posts have been a bit spotty lately, because…

right now, summer quite suddenly arrived, and I’ve been so busy living my life that I find it hard to stop and blog about it.  That and, in an effort to “unplug” and be more present with our children, we relocated the computer to a less convenient part of the house.  So basically it’s harder for me to sneak away and waste a few minutes (hours) on the internet.  Which means I’ve not been posting, or keeping up with blog reading, not leaving very many comments, taking my sweet time replying to emails.

Instead, what I have been doing is: playing in the mud hole; eating lots of rhubarb and asparagus; (some much-needed) cleaning, organizing, and de-cluttering; hanging laundry on the line; celebrating in the park with music and good friends; finally reading some fiction again; trying to sneak in a few minutes of sewing time here and there; leaving the dirty dinner dishes on the table in our rush to get back outside.

All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been.  Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now.  Feel free to join in with a comment or a link to your own post!

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Someday we will have our own yard, and it will be filled with lilac bushes and grape hyacinths, crocuses and poppies, honeysuckle and hydrangea, columbine, lavender, allium and so much more.

But right now, I’m so thankful for our generous neighbors, who don’t mind if we venture into their yards on our daily walks and inspect their plants for new buds and fresh blooms.  Their yards range from the meticulously manicured to the wild and unkempt.  Some of them have offered to let us share their bounty, be it cut flowers or homegrown vegetables; in other yards we simply look (and sometimes smell) in awe and appreciation.  Either way, as we near our third year in this home, I’m thankful for these places that have become predictable and these people who have become familiar.  And luckily, we don’t have to go far to find Adeline’s very favorite flowers; the yard around our apartment has a plentiful supply of that most magic and wondrous (to a 3-year-old) flower of all, the dandelion.


All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been.  Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now.  Feel free to join in with a comment or a link to your own post
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My “To Make” list is as long as my arm and just keeps growing, and while I thought that when summer rolled around I’d be able to sit down to a bit more sewing and knitting, quite the opposite has been true, as with the warmer weather we find ourselves rarely indoors, too busy tending flowers and herbs, strolling through the neighborhood, playing at the park.  It’s frustrating to have so many ideas in my head that I can’t bring into reality.

But right now, I’m trying to focus my creativity on tasks that don’t necessarily produce something I can hold in my hands in the end.  Serendipitously, I ran across some wise words from two of my favorite bloggers, just I needed them most.  First of all, I’ve been re-reading The Creative Family and this struck a chord with me: “Creativity goes deeper than the ‘art’ sense of the word; it encompasses a whole way of living and being.  Gratitude, and recognizing gratitude, can have a powerful effect on our whole lives.  When we feel grateful, we feel full — full of love, full of inspiration, full of ideas, and full of creative spirit.”

And then I read this wonderful post by Meg at Sew Liberated, which says in part: ” I really believe I must embrace the concept of creativity beyond simply making things… I give [my son] the gift of my creative thought as I plan our days, as I cook a meal. I use my creativity to redirect him when he feels frustrated. I use my creativity when I spontaneously burst into song or a silly dance… Just re-route your creativity to living, rather than making.”  Many thanks to these articulate ladies, and to all the rest of you bloggers as well, who are constantly inspiring me and offering support and wise words.  It’s amazing how often I stumble upon words that I didn’t even know I needed, just when I needed them most.

All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been.  Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now.  Feel free to join in with a comment or a link to your own post!

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Five hours in the car with a nine-month-old who doesn’t sleep in the car — not my idea of a picnic.  Also, who would’ve thought that this late in April we’d be having to schedule our travels around snowstorms in the forecast??

But right now, we’re here safe and sound, where there are a few extra pairs of baby-holding arms around.

All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been.  Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now.  Feel free to join in with a comment or a link to your own post!