Monday, January 14, 2013

Little Chores

Does it ever seem like you spend most of your life in grooming?  And when you are, say, brushing your teeth, does it seem like it is always teeth time?  As if you just did it and here it is again?  I use an electric toothbrush because of my gums.  It isn't timed so I need to count thirty seconds for each quadrant of my mouth.  That means that for two minutes I can't think about other things at all.  I can't multitask when counting.  And then there are the nails to do.  I do mine weekly in a clear polish.  Then there are showers, drying hair, shaving, and cleaning off your shoes.  It just takes so much time.

Then when I saw and heard the horrible things that happened during hurricane Sandy, I started to cherish hot water and clean, cold drinking water and the ability to do laundry and brush teeth and any manner of grooming.  Suddenly those chores turned to luxuries.  So for about two weeks, I was very grateful for all of my blessings.

Now, I am still grateful, but I wish we didn't have to start and end the day (just before prayers) with so many little little things to do.  But then again, my grandpa and uncle used to get up at 5:00 every morning to do farm chores and they did the same chores every evening (outside!)  So I guess I'll just be happy that I can look and smell as good as I can and enjoy all of the time in between.


  1. I guess it is all part of our little ho hum worlds that we live in. I am definitely grateful fo heat and hot water :)

  2. I am grateful for modern conveniences, that's for sure. Grateful is a word I'm thinking a lot about this year. :)

  3. I know! I do seem to spend a lot of time "primping" and taking taking care of my skin. I moisturize a lot during the day.

  4. When I broke my elbow, I couldn't do all those primping chores. It took 3 months of physical therapy to restore my range of motion. Now, when I'm blow-drying my hair, putting on make-up, etc., I'm thanking God I'm able to do so.

  5. I have thought about this--and even things like dishes and laundry. All stuff that is sort of never really "done." But every so often, I try to make a point of thinking about how grateful I am to have hot water to shower in, and heat to keep me warm in the winter.