So here is my contribution to Kaffee Klatch Friday. -- a little bit late, but still, I'm here.
The question we have to discuss this week is, "What do we do for 'me time'?" How do we re-energize ourselves in our busy lives? This question was more important to me before I retired. After I retired I found I had too much 'me time'. But back in those times we did several things. Usually I would get the boys set up with something to do for half an hour or so and then I'd tell them that it was now 'me time' so that they understood if I was too busy to come at their beck and call. Most of the time they were pretty understanding. Fortunately they were both very good at amusing themselves or doing something together. I was VERY blessed to have two boys who got along well together most of the time even though there were three years between them.
Then to balance this out we would make a point of giving each boy some time alone with us. Often Barry would take it in turns to take one of the boys out for dinner with him, -- one, one week and the other the next week.
As the boys got older, we also made a point of going out to dinner with each other once a week. My husband being a pastor and being 'on call' all the time, it was important that we actually scheduled these times in together.
What I did with my time was a different matter. I was always a bit hyper, so I needed to give my brain plenty of stimulation. I listened to a lot of music, especially of the King's Singers, I did a LOT of reading, and I also collected a good number of puzzle books over the years. They, as well as crossword puzzles kept me out of mischief. I started painting and drawing in my early fifties. In addition, I made a lot of Christmas decorations for a while and I crocheted a fair number of afghans. In later years, I would spend time sitting out on the patio watching the birds. Over the years I identified 25 different species that came to visit our garden.
Today, reading, painting, blogging and bird watching are still high on my list of things to do. And if the cat comes around to play or just to be cuddled as I'm getting ready for bed I take time to do it -- it's good for your blood pressure so they say!
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