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my unplanned day.

January 15, 2013

What a curious morning. My HusBen and I awake before all of the children.  We shuffle about barely knowing what to do with just him and I in the kitchen , early in the morning.  Mornings are normally an orchestra of clinking spoons and slurpy boys… but today it was just us.  We ate our eggs together , he with his coffee, me with my tea.  Always tea for me.  He needs to rush off for important business… so we discussed all the things that needed to be rerouted for this unplanned day.

Call her… reschedule him… send him home to care for his wife…. fill out that stack for me…see if they can… don’t be late… watch the roads they’re icy…I love you…I love you more…bye.

My tea maker and his french press half exhausted from their morning duty. Breakfast dishes away and me left to the quiet of a house sleeping past their normal.


It seemed all too good to be true.  Did I really get a days worth of things done before anyone woke up?

Why are they all still asleep?

One by one with puffy eyes they came into the kitchen.  Coughing their way about… I put away the milk, I begin to hand out the tulsi tea….take the bowls of cereal and exchange them for granola bars and orange slices. Lift tangled hair to touch foreheads; no fevers.


Start the fires.

A fast day full of plans…slowed down with coughs.

The last to come to breakfast is the red headed boy… his eyes puffy and his voice sad and pouty, “I have a cough”.

It is just like January… if you think  you are going to rush about… it loves to stand strong and make you pause.

It pushes you back into your house…. closer together… around warm fires.

January always seems to be a stickler for it’s rules.

If you try and throw it a curve ball or a “look over there!” it has already seen it all… January’s whole job is to make you rest after the busy holiday season.

So don’t try and out wit or out play …this month is half way over and it will give way to short little February, very soon.


I know everyone is dealing with it,too…. as the current top visits here on Aseedinspired are:

Eucalyptus oil or how to to go sleep and quit all that coughing.


My Cough and Cold Health Cabinet.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Maria permalink
    January 15, 2013 10:29 am

    Yes, January’s job is to make you rest after all the merry making. But it also pulls you back and makes you slow down! I pray that your young ones get better soon. Enjoy the unplanned day. Nurture them with love and attention. Tomorrow everything will be waiting for you, just as you left it. Grace & Peace to you today…. maria

    • January 15, 2013 10:59 am

      thank you for your encouragement… I intend to take your advice 🙂

      • Maria permalink
        January 15, 2013 1:01 pm

        Be well 🙂 mb

  2. January 15, 2013 10:50 am

    I don’t like it when littles are sick but I loved being able to swipe the list of “to dos” off in one stroke. We used to have ballet and soccer and and……. I don’t think we ever had at home days like I do now. We had soccer games and archery tournaments on Saturdays and church activities on Sundays. Savor the unexpected.

    • January 15, 2013 11:01 am

      amen sista!
      sidenote: did you see what one of my readers sent me, for you? It is where you were talking about your daughter and trying to get services for her?


  3. January 16, 2013 1:54 am

    You describe January’s pull and character so beautifully, and I couldn’t agree more! The first thing I thought of this morning as I awoke, still carrying the cough that has been with me for almost four weeks now, was of your Eucalyptus Oil post, as I have not tried this, and would love some respite from the coughing!

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