I did finally get to sleep last night ... this morning actually ... after taking some sleeping medication. It strikes me as more than a bit odd that I have been so exhausted the past few weeks that I have slept 8-9 hours a night & then 2-4 hours in a nap or two during the day, yet all day yesterday, all last night, & all day today I can't sleep. I didn't do much of anything today except feel tired. When I couldn't nap I decided to continue reading a book I started reading during my brief hospital stay 2 weeks or so ago ... a book about Amish life called Plain & Simple.
The woman who wrote this book, Sue Bender, actually went to live with Amish families for a while. She took stock of her own life, observed theirs, & apparently came away having learned something meaningful. I have no idea what that thing is at this time since I haven't yet finished the book.
Many times when people talk about the "good" in Amish life there is always at least one person who seems to be bent on pointing out that there is no way that any of us would really give up our lives to become Amish. This always irks me a bit. They point out the hard work involved (cleaning the house, cooking the meals, tending the garden). So? They point out having to live without "comforts" like TV, computers, & automobiles. So? There are numerous things one would have to "give up" to become Amish but I believe that the life you would receive in return for doing so would be a great treasure. I think it would be, if I may use this as an example, like the "hidden treasure" Jesus talks about in Matthew 13. A man found a hidden treasure in a field. When he found it, he hid it again & then in his joy went & sold all he had & bought the field.
On this dining table are the following ... 2 magazines I haven't read yet, several magazines I have read but as yet haven't decided to keep or toss, numerous doctor/medication receipts that I need to submit to insurance, a map for plodding our course to Pennsylvania & Maine next month, the beginning of my ornament exchange project, 2 ornament/bowl filler patterns I have traced out to start making, CCS stuff that needs to be put away someplace, a list of CCS design ideas, note paper to put back where it belongs, a list of people to call (plumber, gutter repair man), my camera with pictures to download, & of course my laptop.
Note the stuff lying on the hutch, in particular the brown envelopes at the one edge. This is mail that is postmarked July 8 & July 11. It's been lying there all this time without being opened. There are more CCS supplies that need to be put who-knows-where & the dolls I got from Olde Lady Morgan that I took a photo of to share with you & there they've been sitting ever since. There at the far right of the photo you can see the trencher I worked so hard to try to clean several weeks ago but haven't oiled yet.
I've already inventoried the hutch & the table but what's in the corner? A bag of CCS supplies purchased a few weeks ago that ... yes ... needs to be put away someplace, magazines (some looked at, some not), a pail & mystery item I bought before Memorial Day waiting to be put someplace, a pitcher that needs to be placed inside that little door you see in the hutch to the left (under the unopened mail), more items purchased from Olde Lady Morgan that need to be put someplace, diet food my doctor in Tennessee insisted I purchase but I never had any intention of using, & another view of the large trencher.
Another view of this particular corner showing a box of items earmarked for a yard sale which has been there for about a month now.