Thursday, January 13, 2011

Small Successes-January 13th

Celebrating the little things in life that add up.

It continually amazes me how taking a moment to sit back and think of what I might have done that was successful allows me to see some positives in what I would otherwise write off as ordinary weeks where nothing of significance appeared to have happened.

1. On Friday, I went around the basement with a paintbrush and a cup of paint touching up all the spots that were missed when I painted the other week.  Minus the baseboards, I can say that the basement and Bryan's new (still incomplete) basement office are painted.  I will work on those baseboards sometime soon.  At least that's my story.

2. I took down the Christmas decorations (interior), reorganized the boxes in which I store the Christmas, Easter and Halloween decorations, and also set aside some decorations that we no longer need that can be donated.  I also acted mildly patient and I did not harass my husband too much about putting away the big tree that we had in the family room.  It officially came down on Monday night (or was it Tuesday?).

3. While I haven't made a New Year's resolution (nor do I really intend to), I have been doing a decent job of letting the kids help me.  The success, of course, isn't that I'm allowing them to help, it's that I'm not criticizing or correcting what they're doing.  Lately Ellie has been my official dryer of cookie sheets and other cooking items that I do not put in the dishwasher.  Sure, sometimes there are a few drops of water left behind or a small puddle on the table but I can deal with that simply because I love seeing how proud she is of being my helper.  It may not seem like much, but it certainly takes a degree of restraint on my part to not step in and "fix" what she has done.  If something is still too wet, I simply put it away in such a way that it will air dry the rest of the way.  Problem solved.

I will now refrain from telling you that I have dirty kitchen countertops, a pile of laundry that needs to be washed, hair and dust filling a garden tub that we never use, and a couple of stacks of things that either need to be donated to good will or packed away in the garage.


  1. Keep focusing on the successes! They are far more important than the to-do list.
    The cleaning and scrubbing
    will wait till tomorrow,
    for Children grow up,
    as I've learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down, cobwebs.
    Dust go to sleep.
    I'm rocking my baby
    and babies don't keep......

  2. I am impressed by the paint touch ups and the decorations taken down. I still haven't touched up any of the rooms we have painted (we moved in last February)...of course that's 6 different rooms that all need touch ups. I probably should just plan on doing one of them!

    I still need to get my decorations down...maybe this weekend? Maybe not until Feburary? Only time will tell! :)

  3. Majellamom, don't be too impressed about my recent paint job. I moved into this house 3 1/2 years ago and I still haven't touched up the paint in the family room that I painted four days after moving in. Perhaps it's time for me to touch up the few well hidden spots that are in need of the "new" paint.


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