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8/18/2017

Batteries Dead...Recharge Needed #mfrwauthor

It's been a long, rough day...week...month...year...decade? How to return to some semblance of a human.




I used to do partial restores with nightly walks to the waterfront to watch the sunset over the bluffs. Weekends were bicycle rides through the woods and marshlands, a rest on the sand dunes on the bay, and ice cream to finish out the trip. Weekends working on a lakeside log cabin removed more of the stress of life. As did the books read at night. Entertainment in the mountains is old school because after the nation went digital all television disappeared. Not even a 100-foot tower enabled any reception.


However, those options are no longer available. A move to the other side of the country and caregiving responsibilities keep me at home, so no more walks or bike excursions. 

So what do I do when the battery is dead and sleep isn't enough spark to recharge it?
 

Handcrafts open the door to relaxation by separating mind from body. Then a cold drink, a rocking chair on the front porch and watching the sun set behind the trees provides balm to a troubled soul. And if the muse if visiting, maybe some writing.

Be sure to stop by the other posts in the challenge to see how others recharge.

~till next time, peace and harmony, and strength for the day to come. Helen





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17 comments:

  1. I'm sorry your former options aren't available now, but so glad you've found a way to recharge. Caregiving is demanding!

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    1. Thanks for the kind thoughts. They've now opened the BIgWalk a pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis so we could still go walk along water if we wanted to drive an hour. It's more relaxing to sit on the porch.

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  2. caregiving is a very demanding job, often with little time to recharge. Watching the sunset sounds like a wonderful way to relax.

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    1. it is demanding. But I try to take one day at a time. Just a night's sleep is a blessing. Today we had a visit from a butterfly and a hummingbird. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I discovered something last year: If I'm at the computer, the kids think nothing of interrupting me. If I stayed in my room with the radio on and doing needlepoint or cross-stitch, the family LEFT ME ALONE! It was heaven:) As soon as I get this next book written, I'm getting another project, lol.

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    1. Interesting how they discriminate between crafts and writing. Mine don't. If I go to my office for more than a pass-through, they come looking for me.

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  4. I'm glad you still find ways to have some quiet moments to yourself so you can recharge.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and the kind thoughts.

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  5. Caregiving is a very demanding and important job. Sunsets are soothing deep breaths, a chance to appreciate, observe beauty, and gives hope for a brighter tomorrow. Loved your post!

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    1. After sunset comes the fireflies of which there are still a few around. And a nightly visit from a toad who uses are porch as a path between one place to another. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. That weekend at a log cabin with no TV sounds wonderful!

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    1. A weekend is nice, a week is doable when your staining logs or painting all day. Its work from can see to can't see. Then read a little and bed. More than a couple of weeks and its withdrawal time. Especially if you're used to emails, web surfing, etc. None of that - there's no internet. But there are two radio stations.

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  7. The rocking chair on the porch is perfect!

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    1. The chair and a second Mission style one we refinished traveled south with us to our new porch. Different view but still relaxing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Being a caregiver is super demanding. Take care of yourself, as much as you can!

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  9. I was envious of your sunset-watching until I realized you no longer have that option. I live in a city now, and I must say that just being a place surrounded by a million people is stressful in itself. Caregivers need the ability to recharge more than any of the rest of us! Stay healthy, Helen, both physically and mentally.

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  10. Stay envious. True I no longer can watch sunsets over the mountains from a log cabin porch or walk along the bay as the Liberty Tower is lit by a gold beam. Here in the mid-south the sunset is over the tree line that runs along the hilltop. Similar to my rural childhood. Different, not quite as dramatic, but still relaxing. Thanks for stopping by.

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