Monday, October 12, 2009


I am most stressed when my senses become overwhelmed. And it seems to happen more quickly and more intensely in this small space.

A recipe for a massive headache:

The television is too loud {hearing}

The dirty dishes are in the sink, on the counter, and on the stove. The clean dishes are sitting in the sink drain waiting to be put away, the laundry is in a basket on the couch, waiting to be folded and put away. {sight}

My back hurts or someone [an almost 3 year old someone :D] is climbing on my back {touch}

The odorous dog has come to sit on my lap and I need to go take the garbage out. {smell}

In this small efficiency, clutter gathers more quickly and there is no escaping noise or smells.

Lesson #6: Clearing away clutter makes my house feel cleaner and more spacious.

And then there are the times when my senses are overjoyed:

The sunset is streaming in through the open windows as dusk descends on the beach {sight}

Lyli is singing {hearing}

and dancing {sight}

The dog comes to sit in my lap {touch}

Dinner is simmering on the stove {smell}

And my husband comes home from a long days' work. We sit on the porch and laugh about life. I enjoy the taste of homemade lemonade and love overwhelms my heart.
Life is good.


  1. so much to be thankful for (even those odors from the dog!)!! congratulations to your husband on his chik-fil-a-nniversary!! :)

  2. Thank you, Lori, it is always a pleasure to hear from you.

  3. Ha! The first list sounded so familiar! It can be tough when you are living in a small apartment not to focus on the negatives. Thank you for putting that second list out there, as a reminder that even in the tiniest of homes we can be satisfied and happy with what we have!

  4. Thanks, Tracy. The second list was a little more difficult to compile. lol