Today was a puttering kind of day. No big, exciting projects were undertaken. No earth-shaking cooking going on. Today was a day to just tend to the everyday things that not only make a house a home, but help keep it that way.
The daily chores and all of the weekly chores for Wednesday were accomplished. Scrubbing bathrooms is not one of my favorite jobs, but I do love the look of a sparkling, clean bathroom and the lemon-fresh scent of the cleansers that linger for awhile. It’s not exciting, but it’s necessary and there is a delight in having it done.
Our winter has been very, very dry, and so I’ve been having to irrigate and water for the last couple of weeks. The weather today was sunny and warm which made being outside very pleasant.
In fact, I took the mending that needed to be done outside and enjoyed the warm sunshine while I worked. Not exciting, but working outdoors made it enjoyable.
While Aaron’s school work continued through the afternoon (I don’t remember Geometry being this much fun, do you?), Will finished up before 2:00. He was a bit disappointed when I gave him some outside work to do before he could enjoy free time.
Little weeds, just sprouting in the flower beds were taken care of today, too. Whenever I can’t find Dani in the house, I know she’s found something to do outside. Dani also made cupcakes because Corin and the grandbabies will be out for a visit tomorrow. Tomorrow is my oldest grandson’s tenth birthday! Now that IS exciting!
The day-to-day tasks that keep our homes functioning well may not be exciting, but I believe that we can make them enjoyable. Concentrate on doing your work with the end result in mind. Hum a perky tune or spend the time praising God in prayer. Take a sedentary task, like mending, to a bright, sunny window or outdoors, if the weather permits. Listen to a podcast while you work, or just enjoy the sounds of life around you. I enjoyed the cries of the Canadian Geese that were flying overhead today while I sat on the porch sewing. Make an everyday dinner special by lighting candles on the dinner table, or serving your meal on the “good” dishes. Light a scented candle in the middle of the day and enjoy its fragrance as evening falls.
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Think about the ways that you can make the not always exciting day-to-day work of home life a treat rather than a burden, and share your ideas in the comments.