Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mental Health Day

Sooner or later it had to happen…I spend time in prayers for Eric’s good grades, for his health. I’ve spent time hoping for Chelsey’s safety and hopes that she’ll make good choices. I’m always asking for guidance for Don and for God to never leave his side. Somewhere along the way I forgot about myself. This isn’t a pat on the back, keep the crowns and Oscars away. It’s merely an observation that as wives and mothers and even employees on our job, we sometimes put ourselves in the backseat---- maybe all the way into the trunk. That’s where I was at…..

I took a mental health day----- and I’m one of the lucky ones, my boss totally supported me. I slept in, drank an entire pot of coffee by myself, finished quilting my House Sampler
and even got the machine part of the binding made. Ransom and I got the solace we much needed.

After a salad and a nap, I took the Easter decorations and tucked them away until next Easter--- that sounds much better than “I threw them in a tote and chunked them in the basement”. I have never been one to chart the passage of time. I would really like keeping the pause button close at hand. But I have to remember that like most televisions, you pause too long and the TV turns off and moments are lost….
You just can't hold on too long too anything...

I completed another block of Ruby’s Garden—tons of fun.

Then--- for the first time Ransom and I ventured out with my new toy alone. It’s a hand held GPS like the hunters use. After the snow melted and I lost my trails, I spent one week getting lost three times---not really lost…just more or less misplaced. Don has been working with me on North, South, East, West, Using the sun to find my way home. Needless to say—I flunked out of wilderness school and he decided I needed this.
Playing in the woods is so much more fun than walking the side of the road. I’ll probably have to stop in about a month because the ticks will get too bad, but Ransom and I are living it up now. Don has still been going with me – even with the GPS—today was my first day alone…

…and because I’m typing…you know…. I made it home…..

30 comments:

Stina said...

Glad to hear you´re not lost in the woods and safe home... good with the GPS..:o)
ANd oh so nice with your finishes on your mental health day...just love Ruby´s blocks.. :o)

Sue said...

I really enjoyed your post. Each of us needs to take some time and rest and not feel the least bit guilty of it. It's how we keep our sanity I believe.

Your projects that you are working on are great. I love the fabrics on the quilt. Your stitchery reminds me of my wall hanging I am working on with the basket of tulips:) It's very nice.

I hope you enjoy your gps. I don't have much in the way of woods around here but I enjoy mine on the highway!

Hope you enjoyed your day.

Julie said...

I liked your post a lot--I think I will have a mental health day tomorrow--for at least part of it. Your projects look great. Hope you have a nice day and good luck with the GPS--my husband loves his. Julie

Pat said...

A great post Mel and so true. Good for you for taking a MH day. I love you block. I am really into embroidery right now. My son is a hiker and I got him a hand held GPS. I feel better knowing he has it. He has taked of the trails being so different in summer and winter. I am sooo glad that you made it home your first time out on your own!! Good job!

Libby said...

*ahhhh* a mental health day . . . . we all need to remember to tend to ourselves. If only we could remember to do that first - keeps us fresher to tend those we love and care about.
Isn't it lovely to get out into the fresh, open air? Thanks for reminding me to do the same.
Love your projects - can't wait to see your finished piece. Binding it the best part - rhythmic and relaxing. Enjoy!

Tara said...

Good for you for taking the time to reconnect with yourself!

Mel said...

Glad to know, I'm not alone when it comes to not knowing directions. I often tell people, "I'd get lost in a round house" LOL Even at the mall, I go into a store and come out heading in the very direction we just came from, who knows...

I love walking in the woods, however, here I'm afraid of the bear we have residing someplace in the back 40. Enjoy that GPS and yes, your quilt work is awesome!

Mel

Journeying said...

You go, girl.
Wife/mother/whatever - we all need to take time. Remember that Jesus often took time to go off by Himself, to pray, to refresh.
"Be still, and know...that I AM God."
Sounds like your day was one of those soul-refreshing times. I'm glad.
(and I've got to look at those Ruby blocks)
(and how come I looked in again today - never do that)

Deborah said...

Reminds me of the hardest book to read...Power of a Praying Woman, where you pray for yourself. It's so hard to do...but yet we must. Good for you for taking a day...you do such beautiful work.

Karen said...

I am happy for you that you got that day just for yourself. Moms and wives seem to put themselves last and that isn't always a good thing.

Carol said...

Sounds like the perfect day...My very wise mother always says that as women we MUST take care of ourselves...because if we don't take care of us first we really can't take care of everyone else. But she also says, it's not any easy thing for women to do. I keep working at it though. Make yourself a priority!

Claudia said...

Taking time for yourself is so necessary. I'm glad you did. Love all your projects!

The Quilt Buddy said...

I loved your post today!

Congrats on your mental health day! We all need more of them!

QuiltingFitzy said...

Mental health days are THE BEST!!!

You should look at www.geocaching.com . It's the reason that GPSs were put on this earth! lol We have 2 in our household of 3. You can combine woodsy walks and treasure hunting.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Ohhh, I need one of those. Everybody knows that I get lost in a closet. Glad you had a good day!

sewprimitive karen said...

That walk sounds wonderful. So does that GPS thing tell you exactly where you are? But it must tell you other stuff, too, so you can navigate....? You certainly got a lot done in only one mental health day, way to go!

Judy said...

Good to see you made it back! Everyone need a nice mental health day for just yourself! Glad you got the houses quilt finished..perfect for your day of ME!

anne bebbington said...

You're so right about watching out for everyone else and forgetting about yourself - there are a few around blogland doing the same - get out of that trunk and look after yourself Mel - after all when mum falls down the others usually tumble in her wake (((hugs)))

Amongst The Oaks said...

Man, I'd love to take a mental health day. What a great idea. You can play a game with that new GPS. It's called geocaching and you can find out more about it at
www.geocaching.com
Have fun, Laura

Tazzie said...

There is no better reason to have a mental health day, sometimes we just need to recharge those batteries.
I love the projects you've been working on.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Shasta said...

I'm glad you took time to refresh. Ruby's garden block is beautiful - where did you find them?

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

So glad you made it home and enjoyed your mental health day. We all need them.
Made me think of being young and my brother, cousins and I would take off and go in the woods by our camp. Never thought about getting lost. I guess God is the GPS for children.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

McIrish Annie said...

Good for you and well deserved! I have taken a "sick" day like that. I tell my boss I am sick of work and he's ok with that.

I didn't know they made that type of GPS, pretty cool!!

Glad you made the most of your mental health day and you are "zen" again!

Cathi said...

What a wonderful post. I love posts that make me stop and think about myself. We (moms, wives, women) don't do that often enough.

MARCIE said...

Love your stitches and your sweet words! Be well!

Leanne said...

We all need a mental health day every now and then. As women we are really bad at putting ourselves at the back of the line.

Carole said...

Those are the bestest type of day! Glad you enjoyed some me time. Looks like you were quite productive! Keep well!

Muddling Through said...

We had a visiting minister at church yesterday who said that if we don't take the time to rest, we WILL get sick. Surely that also applies to taking the time to rest our minds with whatever makes us happy. :) Hugs, Elaine

Janet said...

You made the most of your day off. I've got one of those trackers that came free with my GPS. I have no sense of direction and once it took me half an hour to find the car at the airport, I'd be hopeless in the bush.

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