~ I rarely have insomnia, but last night I did not sleep. Too hot and humid outside. Too noisy and AC-y inside. I just couldn’t get comfy, so…
• I got up and surfed the internet until the battery in my notebook died– which was 2.25 hours. I decided to go back to many of the new-to-me blogs where I’ve left comments over the past few months. It takes quite a bit of focus and prayer for me to reach out to strangers and leave them a comment. I know that comments are a good way of making friends in the blogosphere and I want to have more bloggy friends. So I take a deep breath, write something sincere, and push “publish.”
It’s not easy for me, but I do it.
Checking back to see how well-received my comments were, I discovered that 40% of the new-to-me bloggers responded back to me – yeah! 40% of the new-to-me bloggers said nothing – hmm? And 20% of the new-to-me bloggers didn’t even allow my comment to show up on their blogs – ouch!
• After the battery went dead in my notebook I just wandered around the inside of the house in the dark, looking out the windows at nature and moonlight and total stillness. I like doing this because it centers me in the moment, encourages me to look within. I used to always get up early to do this, but fell out of the habit at some point.
While I was moseying around I got thinking about my health. I’ve just finished a battery of annual tests and am quite healthy, thank you very much. The only issue is that my cholesterol is a bit high.
Just something more to be aware of, I guess.
As I don’t know of anyone who eats meat who doesn’t have slightly elevated cholesterol, I’m rather “whatever” about this fact. I figure that some small changes in my diet and a bit more exercise will fix this issue. I avoid pharmaceuticals at all costs, so I will take on the challenge of making myself better all by myself. No pills for me, says the doctor’s daughter.
• Around 5:30 a.m. I decided it was time to make a pot of coffee and get on with the day. After the elixir of life brewed, I poured myself a large mug of it and went outside to sit on the deck. Morning was just starting to grace the sky with streaky, pink clouds and yellowish bursts of weak sunlight. There were bats flying around everywhere– and birds chirping about something of [presumably] birdy importance.
I like our deck because it looks into the forest
prime evil primeval
that leads to the ravine behind our house. But this morning I was a bit wistful as I looked at the natural mess that is back there. In a couple of weeks, we will have a new backyard.
Change is good. And inevitable when you live on a hillside.
The backyard project will put in place a poured concrete landscaping wall. Then about 28 tons of dirt will be hauled in to level off some of the land. After that, the landscapers will plant lots of bushes in a visually pleasing, manicured way– which will transform our backyard into a more useable, but decidedly less rustic, place to be.
~ I’ve got nothing more to add to this post. Morning is here and I’m ready to get on with my day. I kind of wonder how productive I’ll be today, but figure that I’ll give it my best shot. Some days “good enough” is the new “perfect.”