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A week on the ranch (February 02 - February 08)

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by , 02-09-2009 at 12:14 AM (994 Views)
Another week of extremes for me. The weather started out like spring, and I am listening to the lightning and rain pouring down as I type this entry. I spent last Sunday enjoying my home and my new resident bunny, then I jumped in my car and drove to the bay area to arrest a drug dealer or two, then back home and on the couch to recover from a cold that won't go away. Today, I felt like I had come full circle again, as I sat with Polly this morning, grooming her fluffy coat, smelling the wonderful aroma of veggies drying in the dehydrator on the counter, and trying to crochet a blanket for my bed.

I was watching Mamma Mia tonight, and the song "Dancing Queen" came on. I never much liked that song, but both the lyrics and the fact that they were from ABBA got me to thinking. I remember hearing that song when I was much younger and not thinking that much about it. Now, hearing it, it made me reflect on how mature and downright stodgy I was back when I was young and that song was new, and it made me wonder how much fun I missed because I was too busy growing up. Then it made me wonder if, twenty years from now, I would be regretting things I missed now because I was too busy thinking about tomorrow to enjoy today. (I know, pretty profound for a stupid musical that was created just to showcase ABBA songs. What can I say, I was feeling profound tonight.)

I spend a lot of time thinking that things will be different in the future. When I'm thinner, when I don't have to work anymore, when the house is paid off, so on and so forth. And I think I sometimes overlook the wonderful things that could happen now while I'm busy thinking about what should happen down the road.

So today, I vow to try to appreciate the todays in my life, even if maybe they aren't exactly what I project as the perfect life yet. I vow to be a little more spontaneous and a little more fun-loving and a little more appreciative of my life, and to treat it a little less like a place marker for a life to come.

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Updated 02-15-2009 at 11:58 PM by madhen

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    Awww madhen, you do appreciate the todays in your life...you can tell by your posts and that is what inspires me to appreciate them as well! So thank you!

    Good for you for getting those drug dealers!!!
  2. frugal-fannie's Avatar
    I feel the same way. I guess as we get older and wonder where the time went.We are sometimes so busy we hardly have time to think.Enjoy the ride.
  3. qsaver704's Avatar
    well, I think I am pretty young (26) and this has made me think too. Since trying to pay back debt, save, etc. it has made me antsy that I can't do it more quickly. Well, it took me years to waste the money, and will take a while to pay it back. (how does this relate to your revelation?) Well, I worry about payback on Mondays when we get our weekly challenge from you. I don't spend like crazy the rest of the week, but don't let money totally consume my life. I have a two year old son who is more important than money or lack thereof.