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A Week in Numbers

A friend once asked me, "Do you measure your success by your accomplishments?"  Well yes, I guess I do.  Because I feel at loose ends, discontent, and even ornery when I have a week of dead ends with nothing getting finished.  So anyway, for what its worth, here's our week past and it felt very successful to me...

August 5 - 60 quarts green beans...50 quarts applesauce
August 6 - 12 hrs of cleaning before Bruce comes home from L.A.
August 7 - My baby turns 11
August 8 - 5 hrs of waiting for Pro X to match paint for my classroom...while I wait 3 loads of laundry gets washed and 3 flower beds get weeded.  Approx. 1/2 gal of paint used to touch up classroom. Enjoyed 1 cup of coffee with 2 mom and co-teacher.
August 9 - 15 desks are painted white and tightened with mighty, powerful screw gun. 3 streaks of white paint in hair. 27 smears on arms and legs...not sure didn't count... Had lunch with 1 sister and 4 littles plus my 2 girls.
August 10 - 15 desks put back into place...1 shelf hung... 3 phone conversations while doing the aforementioned. 1 church auditorium cleaned...2 Kirby vacuum cleaners redeemed for future use. 2 bags changed...1 belt replaced...2 brushes cleaned...1 hose taped because 1 large pin made a hole in it... 1 looooong cord taped and rewired in 2 spots.  Duct tape is awesome!
August 11 - 5 loads of laundry...3 meals planned for boat/camping trip. Approx 85 dollars worth of groceries...1 crockpot meal... ran errands to 5 different places...
August 12 - 7 hours of sailing, relaxing, reading, and enjoying the lake with 3 beautiful children and 1 awesome sailor/husband.  4 hours at dock.  1 mom/chef prepares supper. 1 bag of shrimp devoured and 2 bottles of sparkling juice drank. 2 kids fished. 1 man scrubbed the underside of the boat. 1 kid read. 12 hours of sheer bliss on the water. 0 clouds in the sky.
August 13 - 3 photos taken of the morning sunrise.  10 eggs and 10 strips of bacon fried for breakfast. 3 cups of hot chocolate and 2 cups of instant coffee drank.  Approx. 20 pages of novel read with coffee while everyone was still sleeping. 3 hrs of exciting sailing in the morning breeze. 1 hr to empty the boat of 2 bags of garbage, 1 bag of dirty laundry, and 1 cooler. Also in that hour, 2 sails were put away and covered, window tied down tight, tube put away, tools and ropes stowed, boat tied and locked for next trip out.
It really isn't fair to measure our success by our accomplishments but its encouraging to have a great week now and then.


  1. Your list just makes me feel tired. Amazing.

  2. It wasn't a list of bragging if that's what it seemed like...and not really that's pretty ordinary living chuck full of more than we ever stop to think about... you should do it and see what your numbers look like. You might amaze yourself. Fact is, when I read your last blog post I was amazed!

  3. Whew...I was going to say...and Amy always comments on my accomplishments!! You had quite a week!! :-) Glad you had a relaxing wkend!!


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