A Typical Morning

We all have our daily routines, mine just happens to include restarting the wood stove and hauling in wood from outside to get me through the day and the following morning.  It is somehow soothing and rewarding that I am directly responsible for my own physical comfort.  Well into my second winter I think I have this heating system down!  Lessons learned – dry, warm wood burns better (duh!) and I don’t have to start the fire from scratch every morning if I completely pack the firebox – 5 logs on average – before I go to bed and close down the dampers.  In the morning I still have a big bed of large coals and with the dampers fully open, a couple of logs start right up.  The not so side benefit is that the house stays warmer overnight as well.

I received gold stars for yesterday’s action items except for filing, sigh.  I am giving myself partial credit for hauling everything downstairs to work.  The other items:

  • So many blogs, so little time, currently I am going through book blogs to find three to subscribe to but haven’t settled on any yet except the one to which I accidentally subscribed, “Reflections of a Book Addict”
  • Explored items in the Happiness Toolbox – some of them are tough to tell why it is a separate item…hmmm
  • My three books at the moment are:
  1. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy, for its unlikely prose
  2. You Are not a Stranger Here, Adam Haslett, short stories that are sad yet kind
  3. Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin, science at its best
  • Returned my test to the library and was given “homework”, the volunteer manual to read, I start today!  I also signed up for a class on using WordPress to help build this blog.
  • Covered the filing thing, I need to figure out a way to not drag my feet on such a simple task.

Today is more of the same, adding in the two hours of volunteer time at the library and starting my house fly eradication project…more on that tomorrow.

Small Step

OK, so I will admit I have fallen under the spell of the Happiness Project.   http://www.happiness-project.com/  Who knew it could be this easy?  I am such a sucker for the tag line, “studies show”, and one of the first studies cited shows that taking immediate action gives one a boost and is the gift that keeps on giving.  My first resolutions:

  • Start writing again – a blog is a great way to start!
  • Volunteer – using my best self
  • Pursue the intellectual – read more challenging material, think about IDEAS!

Yesterday one of  the take action steps was to go to the local public library and submit my volunteer application.  I am embarrassed to admit it was the first time I set foot in the door so it may seem odd that I had already decided to volunteer there, but books are my thing, and I need to add some regular human contact to my otherwise rather isolated lifestyle.  So the library it is!  I was pleased to see that it was comfortable, well stocked, has current book offerings and has wi-fi so some of these missives may originate from there in the future.  It is on the other hand, a small town library and needs more space and a remodel – the floors are a serious tripping hazard – I see I have my work cut out for me.  What better place to offer my time than a house for books that needs a lot of work, I may be able to use some of that construction knowledge yet.

Take action today items are:

  • Work on this blog and find three others that are related or of interest
  • Work on my Happiness Project Toolbox – you’ll have to follow the link if you don’t know what that is
  • Choose three books that inspire me to mine for essay ideas
  • Return my “test” to the library
  • Work on one nagging item – filing

Onward…..