Now that school has started I have been unable to devote anymore time to the garden. And before that we had weeks of over 100 degree days which made it difficult to get out there in the heat and pull up more roots. I think I decided that I have too much going on right now to devote to a garden. I have been trying to find ways to live a healthier and less stressful life and working on a garden seems to just add more stress. I think I will go ahead and pull out the two small trees that are left though so it will be a more clean look in our back yard. Should I feel bad that I did not go through with this project? I don’t think so, I think it is ok to realize that I just don’t have the time to spend on a garden…at least right now.
I am a month into my marathon training and yesterday I ran 12 miles. I am little frustrated because my conditioning is just fine, I am not out of breath nor am I tired but my knees start to really bother me around the 6 mile mark. I really need to be careful and make sure I do the proper stretching. After my 12 mile run I iced both knees for about 20 minutes. The one thing I am missing while I train for my marathon is running in organized 5Ks in the area. Maybe it does not make sense but since my long runs are on the weekends I don’t want to overdue it by running a 5K the day before. It might actually be time for a new pair of shoes. I will be getting the Saucony Kinvara 3. These will be my third pair as I really like these shoes. I wore my first pair in my first half marathon and my second pair for my second half marathon so it only makes sense to wear my third pair for my first full marathon. I think I will get this color.
I have been working on decluttering (or is it uncluttering) our house. I want to simplify somethings to help with my stress level. I am not going to have some kind of nervous breakdown but with all the things going on in my life I need to something to help. I have been reading some blogs on minimalism. Now, I am not going to turn into some sort of hippie or something but the idea of being happy with less intrigues me. I often become frustrated because I can’t afford a newer, bigger house or a cooler, more expensive car. I need to realize that I will get much satisfaction out of life if I don’t worry about all the material things and focus on what is really important.
For the last week I worked on clearing out the garage. Wow! Did I ever pick the biggest area to start with or what? I cleared out the attic as well. In 4 days I threw away 8 bags of trash and donated 10 bags of clothes. It felt good to clear out all the crap. The crap consisted of letters and papers from my time in the Marine Corps, a bunch of wires and cables for gadgets I no longer owned, and Christmas decorations that we have not put up in years. We are going to have a garage sale this weekend to try to get rid of a lot of stuff we don’t need. I have a feeling we will be having several garage sales before the end of the year. I really want to simplify the look of our house as well. Where we normally have 4 things on a shelf like a plant and a few picture frames, I think I want to condense them down to just one item.
My plans for the rest of the week is to work on homework…oh, how I love homework. And go through the house to get garage items. It is only the beginning and I have a long way to go but I feel good about getting rid of the crap that is in my house and simplifying my life.