Preparing For Whatever Is Next

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens last weekend.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens last weekend.

Earlier this year, I announced / stated / commented that I’d picked the word “curiosity” as my word to define this year.  I played around with it a bit, but never really got traction using it.  It appealed to me, but not enough to actually act on it.

As my favorite boy toy and I have been working on our projects – a never ending list of projects it seems – he commented to me that he felt like we were preparing.  For what he couldn’t specify, but he felt like we were getting things set, fixed up, and ready for whatever may be coming next.

But it really made sense to me.  Preparing is what I’ve been doing.  Going through our finances, organizing them, and sharing them with my boy toy is part of preparing for the future.  Fixing up the house (and doing a deep clean afterwards each time), squaring away the many little things that are wrong, cleaning the dogs teeth, backing up our computers regularly, and so on are all things we feel need to get addressed now.

It’s not been fun and at some point, we’re putting a moratorium on it.  We’ve spent enough money and time, and taken away from our regular life quite a bit.  And we are REALLY tired of cleaning the house over and over again.  But the urge to prepare has been strong.

So what are we preparing for?  It’s nothing bad we feel – it’s good things coming.  Things that when they come, we’ll be glad to not be spending time on these other things.

In the meantime, we’re wildly in love with the new windows and door.  Oh is it ever nice to be able to open the windows easily (any of them!) and to actually be able to lock all of them too.  The house feels sturdier and the outside noise has diminished considerably.

We’re working on getting blinds for the windows that need them, which will help our privacy.  We’ve been replacing the bathroom fans, outlets that aren’t functional, and next up is replacing some ceiling lights with fans to make the rooms more comfortable.

When I’m frustrated or feel like I really don’t want to do this anymore, I remind myself that this is a time to prepare and to hang in there and just get it done, no matter how slowly I may move on some weeks.

The Bible reminds us that there is a time for everything in our lives.  To reread those verses, click here and go to the bottom.  Whenever life is overwhelming, even with good things like what I have going on right now, it’s good to remember that it’s a season of life that in time, will change again.  For now, the game is to prepare and be ready.

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    • That is too funny! And you’re not the only one I’m hearing that from. I don’t think we’re moving, but I do think we’re getting ready to change our lives in a large and meaningful way.

  1. I haven’t been online much the past few months but so glad I checked in today. I so needed your encouragement to keep de-cluttering, eliminating and cleaning. God knows what is coming, I just need to do what I feel I should be doing. Thanks!!

    • I think you’re right that this time of the year contributes to that feeling as well. And you’re right about the last line saying it all. I need to put that on my mirror and remember it. Thanks!

  2. I am not sure I should say this, but to me, this sounds like nesting, not uncommon in the spring. Do you have a child or grandchild who will be living with you?

    • No, no one coming to live with us. You’re not far off though. We’ve moved every 2-3 year for quite a while and after being here for 5 years, we’ve decided we’re staying put no matter what. So if my job implodes and I can’t find something here, we’ll live together part-time. But we’re not moving again, at least for quite a while.

      So it’s time to fix up what’s bugging us so we can enjoy the house more.

  3. I think many of us are starting to prepare for the next stage of our lives. I hate renovations but am always glad when I see the end result. Looks like you still got out to the gardens to take that amazing picture!

    • I agree with you on that – there’s a lot of the “getting ready” going around. I’m so fortunate that my husband can put his work aside and take care of these things. I just don’t have the energy after working all day to keep up with all of it.

      Glad you liked the pictures (and thanks for stopping by, especially with as busy as you are).

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