1. Oh no! My yogurt didn't turn out. It must be because I tried adding honey and vanilla so that we would actually really enjoy it. Vanilla contains alcohol and honey has natural antibacterial qualities and what was I thinking? I killed my poor darling little microbes before they had a chance to work wonders with that 2L carton of 2% milk that I just wasted. Or maybe I added the yogurt when the milk was too hot. I was in a rush, and it did feel a little hot. I don't know, but I did something wrong. (Cue melodramatic, Italian-inspired sigh.)
2. (I unwrap the garlic that I put in the oven to roast with the potatoes, and then left in there too long.) Oh no! I left the garlic in the oven way too long and it did not turn into sweet, nutty deliciousness but rather into a bitter, burnt-tasting paste! What a waste of a whole bulb! Blah! (I throw it into the compost bin with a solid dose of self-pity and grumpiness.)
3. Our house looks like a tornado went through it! Why do I have to constantly step on upside down excavators and chunks of semi-solidified oatmeal blobs that were thrown to the floor in a moment of tantalizingly gleeful toddler behaviour? Why didn't I set aside time to clean it up properly this week? I knew I shouldn't have sat down to read a couple of chapters of Game of Thrones the other evening, I could have been efficiently decluttering my home and making it a much more restful place. I may as well give up because it won't be done tonight. (Sniff.)
4. My yellow bean seeds never germinated, how does that happen? They give beans to kindergarten students to plant because they are so reliable. I haven't watered my community garden plot in 3 days, and it's been hot, sunny, and windy. The poor plants over there have probably withered. I also have a lot of work to do on the food pantry plots. Those plots need to get planted! I am falling behind everywhere. Oh no! My poor container plants. I imagine that they have completely dessicated and are standing plant skeletons, waiting to explode into dust particles at the first puff of wind. (Wracking sob. OK, well, not really.)
I could go on, but you get the picture. I am not prone to throwing myself pity parties, as a rule, but tonight I just let myself get a wee bit carried away. Before I told my self to shush it and stop being such a baby. And I asked myself, why are things not exactly where you want them to be? And I came upon a few answers:
1. I've been sick for the last four days. I've also just started a new job, that is awesome and only part-time, but those part-time hours are in the evenings and I haven't yet worked out the kinks of not being home during the time of day when I usually get housework done. I also haven't felt like doing housework, and that is ok. And, in fact, I did clean up on Tuesday afternoon, but we have little children, who are busy, and, well, you know how it is. And the house actually isn't that bad.
2. I really shouldn't let myself care too much about the failed yogurt and the burnt garlic. I know how to do both of these things and all I wasted was a bulb of garlic and one 2L carton of milk. And in fact, while trying to strain it out in the fridge just on the off-chance that I get some yogurt from it (because it did thicken a little bit), I am getting loads of whey to make buttermilk pancakes and other yummy baked treats. So it isn't really wasted after all. And I might be able to scrape out a half cup of yogurt, which does taste nice, that the kids could eat for a snack. Not so bad after all!
3. The garden is actually looking pretty good, the last time I went, and I think the bean seeds didn't germinate because they disappeared from the garden (the birds are looking pretty good to me right now as the culprits). And, I had fun replanting the whole patch with James. It's all good, this is the year to learn about vegetable gardening, and make mistakes, and figure out how to do things better, right? And I am going to get out to the community garden this weekend when things slow down, and I will get those food pantry beds raked and prepared and planted and it will be fine.
4. What is up with my Negative Nelly-ness, anyway? I'm a little overtired, and still a little bit sick, and yes, a little overwhelmed, for the moment, anyhow, but really? I haven't been reading my Bible or praying much lately. I pray for a few moments in the evening, but I haven't really been committing myself to a thoughtful, meaningful conversation daily. And so how am I supposed to know how to live my life and do and make and say what the Lord wants? AND why am I not noticing all the blessings He has poured onto me lately? Goodness!
|This child, who delights me with her wild and crazy ways and her almost aggressive love for me, is about the sweetest thing I can imagine, especially during the only moments she's peaceful and quiet, in her sleep.|
|My sensitive, smart, funny, and incredibly loving little boy, who lives to help and just wants to spend time with me, does not care about the state of our house. He just loves having us all together and spending time as a family.|
|This is one of the Sweet Millions plants that looked like it was not long for this world. But the new leaves look a lot healthier, and it is starting to flower. This is a blessing.|