30 Days of Sitting

Today will be the end of 30 days of creating a post every day. I discovered that it was a difficult task. So many hours I sat in front of my computer wondering what I could possibly write about.

Often I gazed about the room and contemplated the things that share my space.

If you sat at my computer desk in our family room, you would find many photographs on the wall, a few water colors, and some other items that would tell you more about me and my family.

Just above my monitor is a shelf that holds the Family Dog House. I remember when the kids were small, and how they thought they were being very clever when they would sneak in and move mom dog or dad dog into the hot seat.

On the wall to my left hangs a Seth Thomas submarine clock, compliments of the U.S. Navy.
You can see I forgot to wind it. It's stopped at 12:30. My husband always reminds me that when I wind it, I should take care not to do so to tightly. He can show you the perfect tension. Also, when setting the time you MUST ALWAYS go counter clockwise with the minute hand. I have followed those instructions for 30 years.


If you ever wonder what it's all about, I have the answer hanging directly above the clock. "Rushin to the office, rushin' out to eat"... you get the gist. It's supposed to remind me to slow down and enjoy my life. I need to hurry up and do that.





Not everyone has a brass hatchet framed on the wall. When the hubby retired from 26 years of firefighting, he received that instead of a gold watch. When he was a young fireman they weren't encouraged to wear rings or watches that could get caught in equipment and injure their hands and fingers. I don't know if that is still the case. But, in the event that your house catches fire, a handsome firefighter saves you from the 2nd story window, he isn't wearing a ring - don't assume he's eligible. I used to be awakened by all the sirens in the night. Not so anymore, now that he's safely tucked in with me at night.



The builder of this house placed the breaker box in the oddest place. When we moved in many years ago it was covered by over sized drapes. They not only hid the box but made it impossible to access. The drapes have been long gone, and I have covered the box with a hanging tapestry of the 23rd Psalm. It's a comforting message. "Yea, tho I walk through the shadows," but, as soon as I flip that breaker we're back in the Light!!!





Two small hand prints in plaster remind me of when their owners were very small. I can't remember why the first daughter didn't get one. Maybe she was ill and missed that day of school. We also have their bare footprints in the sidewalk and patio when we poured the cement. Those little toes are wearing away and I wish we would have sealed them in a spot that was better protected.


How do these relate to my blogging month? Well, I've been in the dog house a few times this month. I'm ignoring housework and hubby while staring with glazed eyes at my monitor. If I had wound the clock perhaps it's ticking would have made me more aware of the time spent here. I've rushed through all my other duties just so I can get to my writing; and even better, to reading your blogs. No axe to grind -this blog is just a hanging tapestry of thought that belongs to me, and hides what I don't want you to see. And, I'm leaving footprints that I hope will not wear away.

Comments

Masago said…
Congrats! I have been enjoying this window to your thoughts. Thanks.
Vicki said…
You wrote, "When the hubby retired from 25 years of firefighting, he received that instead of a gold watch."
I thought, "Yea rub it in YOUR married to a Fireman!"
You wrote," When he was a young fireman they weren't encouraged to wear rings or watches that could get caught in equipment and injure their hands and fingers.... in the event that your house catches fire, a handsome firefighter saves you from the 2nd story window, he isn't wearing a ring - don't assume he's eligible."
I thought, "Oh wait, she's talking to ME!" You know I not so secretly love firemen. My brother in law is a fireman and I like to sit really close to him at family functions.

" I used to be awakened by all the sirens in the night. Not so anymore, now that he's safely tucked in with me at night." For THAT I am thankful!
Heather said…
I think the harder thing for me would be 30 days of not posting a thing. To return to a life of complete face to face relationships.
Then again, I would miss all those friends that live too far away to be face to face.
Willowtree said…
Congratulations Pamela! That Karmyn thinks she's so clever writing a book in November, but we showed her!!
Local Girl said…
Congrats on making it through the month! What an accomplishment. I'm sure Hubby will be thrilled to have you back again!
Yvonne said…
Oh. My. Gosh!!! We had that family dog house thingy growing up! I had totally forgotten about that until now! How cool! Thanks for snapping a pic of that! It brought back some memories, that's for sure!
Amanda said…
All of those things hanging on the walls remind me of home. :) You know, I have a "whats it all about" hanging in my bathroom. That way, I remember to take my time, sitting on the toilet. Sometimes, that is the only break I get all day. ha ha
Love you... And I, too, am glad that dad is home safe with you.
Heather said…
I can't believe November is over again! I didn't blog every day, but lots of my friends did and I'm going to miss their daily thoughts.
Sue said…
Congratulations on 30 days of blogging! I've enjoyed getting to know you during this time!
:)
Claudia said…
Pamela...30 days of sitting? I hope you got up to stretch every once in a while!! :)
Karmyn R said…
Yes -posting 30 days straight was probably much harder than writing a book.
Pamela said…
Masago: and thanks for the kitty haiku!!!

Vicki: The hubby sent you an Email not to long ago - he's quite a character - I bet you thought it was spam or worse, someone naughty. He was teasing you about your love of firefighters.

Heather: Do you know that song "Gotta Long Without - before I met you" .... somehow It doesn't work with blogging. It's like a drug

WT. The only thing about giving Karmyn a bad time about her novel is -- she could change her characters names and make us villains.

Local Girl: He's easily thrilled...giggle

Yvonne: glad to remind you how old we're getting!

Amanda: Escape - there is only room for one in yours.

Heather: The sand in the hourglss -- it is getting bottom heavy

Sue: And Visa Versa.

Claudia: I sit at work, too. Thats what makes me such an interesting b-r-o-a-d.

Karmyn: I ate breakfast, went to work, and thought blog constantly.
So literally I wasn't being literal
Jeanette said…
HI Pamela
Congratulations 30 days straight Thank you for sharing you lovely memento's with us .
Shauna said…
Pamela, I love this post!

My Birddog isn't allowed to wear a ring at his job and hasn't been in the years we've been married. . .I've often wondered how many women hit on him - snicker - :). . .

I'm so glad that your hubby is home safe and tucked in with you at night!

You're not gonna take a vacation on us now are you? :)
Pass the Torch said…
You are!

Now go dust something;))

You could do Tackle it Tuesdays with 5 Minutes for Mom - that way you do housework in order to do a blog post.

Or get a maid??
AJ said…
Pamela,
Its always nice to see a little slice of home in your entries. It definitely shows your character!! LOL...my hubby is not wearing his ring to work much right now. Says its getting tight on him, guess what I'm going to do next time I see him!! LOL...Thats right, get it resized!!!... I think he still takes his ring off and slides it on his watch and then places it in his pocket before he works on a machine. Laborous task but I guess it must be done!

Enjoy your weekend..looks like I'll be putting up the Christmas tree and decorations!
Julie said…
Okay, do you have any photos of your husband in his fire fighting gear? I think Vicki would like that! :) wink

Love the touch of home in this post. I have enjoyed reading your 30 days of posting. I wish I could have done that.
Vicki said…
Julie is my new best friend. =)
Karmyn R said…
Oh yeah - my hubby isn't wearing his ring right now either - he can't wear it into the Paper Mills - HOWEVER - he stuck it on the kitchen window. I removed it and put it in my jewelry box so it wouldn't get lost. He has NEVER asked about it.

I wonder if he thinks he lost it, so just isn't saying anything. heh heh heh

maybe I'll wrap it up for Christmas for him.
Anonymous said…
now i want to know about karmyns husband ring. ivy

Popular posts from this blog

Sing in Spring

An Old Cold Spot

Earth Friendly