I spent more than nine hours today sitting in this computer chair.
I had work to do.
Even though it was a glorious warm and bright day – and lord knows there won’t be many more like this before winter – I worked.
Even though this is the last day off I will have for 33 days – except for October 8th, when I am accompanying my aunt to the mainland for her doctor’s visit – I spent it working.
I had reports to write to the agencies whose funding assisted with our treatment of invasive species this year. I had a news article to write for our local news magazine reporting on the treatment. I had letters to write with regard to specific issues that came up. I had Emails to answer.
I am not a fast writer. I write, then edit, then rewrite. I search for the correct word or the perfect phrase. I check spelling, definitions and syntax.
Still, it wasn’t all work.
Over coffee this morning, I checked mail, read book reviews and “Brain Pickings,” which arrives in my in-box every Sunday morning. I read several blogs that I follow, and made comments. I checked a familiar social media site for news and events in my family. One nephew ran a 5K today; another went to the zoo with his family. A niece reported that Christmas decorations were already up in a store she visited. I read Phyllis’s weather report. Through the day, during pauses in my writing and thinking processes, I took my turns at “Words with Friends.”
So, maybe seven hours of work, out of the nine I spent sitting in this chair.
It’s not even a particularly comfortable chair.
I did get outside. I have dogs to walk.
They need exercise…and so do I.
We need, now and then, just to get out in the fresh air…
…to walk, and breathe, and appreciate what’s out there.
So even though there were floors to sweep and towels to fold, weeds to pull and leaves to rake…
…morning and evening, we spent the best way we could: we just walked.