A Merry Heart

Merry Heart
August 6, 2018

“This Summer is Simply Flying By!”

“Tell me about it! Where does the time go? I have more things to do than I have time for; I’d like a little time to enjoy the summer. It’s really the best season for time travel.”

We’ve all heard this exact conversation countless times. Well! It’s time for a little creative problem solving! I think I’ve come up with some great ways for you to manage those summer tasks and household chores…or rather, a way to set them aside or reassign them to someone else!

Rather than mow the lawn, put up a sign that says, “Wild Flora Reserve.” Enjoy the neighbors’ admiration, instead of their condemnation.

Just don’t have time to remove the thistle growing around your house? This stuff takes FOREVER to get rid of and forgive me, but I’m just a little terrified of it! A bit of history gives us a great way to deal with this insidious time-waster: Did you know Queen’s Anne Lace is actually a weed? It is said (no need to check my story) that in the late 1800’s a clever, overworked mom got sick of pulling weeds out of the yard and just decided to leave them. When the neighbor started to complain, she explained that this was a special “flower” and she wouldn’t DREAM of getting rid of such a beautiful treasure. When the neighbor looked at her a bit skeptically, the woman continued, “Would you like some of my…uh…Queen Anne’s Lace?” Soon the entire neighborhood was overcome with weeds…er…I mean full of the enchanting “flora.” People enjoy this weed…I mean…flowers even today. So! If you have an overabundance of thistle, simply rename it. Thistle becomes, “Knight’s Sword” or “King’s Revenge.” This allows you to brag rather than drag…yourself around the house pulling it up and turning your fingers into pin cushions.

Have friends over for an “informal” backyard barbecue; apologize for the mess and when dinner is over and company offers to help you clean up, pretend to misunderstand them and exclaim how wonderful it will be to get all the branches and rocks finally cleared away!

Grocery shopping isn’t only tedious but is extremely time consuming. Think for a minute…how many friends do you have? 10, 12, 419? Imagine 419 separate trips to the grocery store when it could be accomplished by 418 people.  Simply ask a friend to pick up a gallon of milk when she goes to the store.  She’ll reply, “No problem.  I have to go anyway.” Then you hand her your grocery list and say, “You’re brilliant; no sense both of us spending the gas money!”

I don’t know about you but I find cleaning and descaling the coffee pot a tedious and time-consuming job. A trip to Walmart for a new coffee machine takes a fraction of the time and you can pick up a new crockpot while you’re at it. You’re welcome!

One last suggestion for cutting the time it takes to tackle those household tasks that keep us from a glass of lemonade and lawn chair: cover your furniture in plastic! Why on earth did we give up that practice?! Women in the 50’s and 60’s spent far less time vacuuming and cleaning the furniture. Shouldn’t we avail ourselves of their wisdom?

I hope these suggestions help free up your time to enjoy your favorite summer time activities! Now I’m off to admire the finger art that used to be just dirty windows.