Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Proper Care and Feeding of Me

Last night we had a frost warning. I decided to bring my porch plants inside with hopes of overwintering them indoors and putting them out again next spring. This has worked well for me in the past and can definitely be a money saver if they are brought in in time.

These poor plants, however, have not had the best of care. They were planted with the best of intentions -- to bloom and blossom on our porch while butterflies, birds and bees flitted about. But I sort-of forgot to water them regularly. Somehow they've survived despite me. They are alive but not thriving.

I've got two potted plants out back that I attached to our watering system. These plants are HUGE and vibrant and ALIVE. It's amazing with a little proper care and feeding can accomplish.

Only here's the thing; I too am alive but not thriving. I've been exhausted and fatigued and shuffling about my days. Why? Because I haven't been watered. I haven't been eating properly. I haven't been exercising and I haven't been taking my vitamins.

Why I've not been caring for myself I really could not say. But things are about to change. Quite frankly I'm tired of being tired.

This morning I gave myself a little TLC -- a honey facial mask and brown sugar scrub. Then I took a shower. I even shaved my legs (lucky Mr. Peculiar). Then I made a pumpkin banana smoothie. I'm going to take my vitamins. I'm going to clean my house (part of it at least) and I am going to walk down the hill to pick up my children from school.

So there you have it. Hopefully I'll find my mojo soon and return to this space vigorous and re-energized. I can't wait!

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Pumpkin Smoothie

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup plain lowfat yogurt
1 ripe banana
A sprinkle of cinnamon
A sprinkle of nutmeg
A splash of maple syrup
1 cup milk
Ice to taste

Blend together and enjoy.


Effy said...

I very much relate to your little plants who are lacking proper care and feeding. :) I've embarked on a smoke free life (three days and counting) and have found that my appetite is improving a lot as a result. My sleep, however...well, not so much. I imagine that will pass.

It's so important, eh? And so difficult to fit self-care in to busy, creative lives!

Shalet said...

Good for you Effy! That's WONDERFUL! I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor. It is indeed challenging to care for ourselves but it is OH SO IMPORTANT!

Here's to our health!