A couple of weeks ago I found myself bogged down in a quagmire of apathy and indifference. I was hoping a trip out of town would spur me to break free of the feelings of loathing and procrastination I was having.
It was something that started about a month ago. I started getting behind in my chores outside due to all the rain and heat. The rain caused the weeds to get out of hand, and the heat caused me to not want to do anything about them.
I lost the battle with the fields. There was just enough rain to make the ground too wet to mow with the tractor, so the grass and weeds grew very thick and tall. It will take several mowings to get it back under control so that there will be good grazing for the horses this fall.
The garden was overgrown with weeds, and so were the flower beds. I spent several weekends pulling weeds and putting mulch down in the flower beds. The garden will have to wait until cooler weather in the fall. In the meantime, we are harvesting tomatoes and peaches, mostly.
The feelings of overwhelm that I was feeling really put a huge damper on my desire to write anything. I was struggling to keep up with my aromatherapy certification training. The farther I got behind, the harder it was becoming to even do the everyday things (like laundry).
Then came the opportunity to get out of town for a few days. I was needed in Waco for 3 days, so off I went to help out another unit get their group of technicians certified.
I had a great time, met some awesome new people, and got to see how things are run in a place I had never been. I think we all learned a few things.
The very small part of Waco I saw was really nice. There is a green belt that runs along the Brazos River which runs pretty much through downtown. I much prefer nature than cityscape. I wish I had more time to explore that part of town.
While I was there, I visited an archeological dig site where they had found prehistoric mammoths buried over three different time periods. Mammoths in Texas apparently are included in the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas”.
Even during the ice age, it was too hot for wooly mammoths. Instead, Columbian mammoths roamed the land. They are bigger than the wooly mammoth, reaching 14 feet in height. It was a very interesting tour.
I was home in time to enjoy my weekend with my husband. It was a quiet weekend just relaxing and picking peaches. We had a nice batch that we washed, blanched, peeled, sliced and froze.
They are probably the sweetest peaches I have ever eaten. Picked at the peak of ripeness, they are unbeatable. Fortunately, they didn’t all ripen on the same day. This weekend we will finish getting them in the freezer. We will have peaches to enjoy for the rest of the year.
Last week turned into a pleasant week. It was not too busy, so I got to work on my aromatherapy certification training, and do some writing. I was rewarded with the announcement of another one of my articles is going to be published in the Naturopath Currents magazine.
I feel that I am ready to resume my normal routine of research, writing, and training. A little time away usually does the trick to activate my motivation. I am looking forward to being back on track; not just with business things but also projects around the house.
Of course, the to-do list never seems to get any shorter but I thrive on progression. As long as things are moving forward, I am happy. We all suffer from overwhelm from time to time, but the key is to not let it keep you from doing the things that are really important.
I hope your weekend is not too hot or busy. Take some time to relax; spend it with family and friends, if possible.
Psalms 9:9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.