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About Mondays and staying sane.

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Walking on the Excelsior Wine Estate in the Robertson district of the Western Cape.

The weekend is done and dusted.

Monday, in other words.

Today I am seriously going to start getting ready for the ‘building’ that will hopefully start happening on the 22nd of this month, to divide my guesthouse into two units. I need to have a meeting with the builder to make sure we are on the same page, I need to get the quote back from a cabinet maker, and I need to go and look for some hardware. I also want to go and have a look at wallpaper that a friend has (she used to renovate houses, and she has some rolls of wallpaper left over) because I think that it will make a room a lot more interesting than just painting it.

My real estate job is a serious bust at the moment, but thankfully the guesthouse has been doing very well, so I am really hoping that having two units will make it even better.

As I’ve told you before, I do like time on my own, but I am not quite hermit material yet. Although, in all honesty, I do find it more and more difficult to leave my house, even for grocery shopping… There comes a time when I’ve had enough of being alone, and that time has come. It helps a lot to know that my SO is coming down here in two weeks’ time! Happy days! Now all I have to do is try and hold onto my sanity for another 10-12 days…

To get through the weekend, I took Daisy for a nice long walk on Saturday, through the vineyards on a wine estate in the area. We both enjoyed being outdoors and in such beautiful surroundings. There are not many things that come close to a bit of mild exercise in nature to make you feel better. It gave me the necessary boost for the rest of the weekend.

There really are many benefits to walking everyday, and I really try to do just that. The advantages are not only physical, but also mental. If you don’t believe me, have a look at this article. I must admit that there are days that I just decide ‘I don’t wanna’ and then I block my mind off from the advantages, even though I know I should just get on with it. Maybe this week I’ll get myself to walk everyday…

Good luck for the week ahead, be happy, healthy and safe! 🙂

Monday, Monday…

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SOMETHING BRIGHT TO WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY WEEK!!!!! 🙂

This Monday sure started with a bang!

Well, maybe not quite as dramatic as that… But it was definitely a different kind of Monday to the ones I normally have.

I have been busy from 10 am until after 6 pm today, which is quite something! Then, of course, I still had to take Miss Daisy for a walk. I had a glass of wine outside, and now I am making myself some supper. Chill time!

As much as I enjoy a day of doing nothing, I love having a day like today. Busy enough, but not so that I feel run off my feet.

I wasn’t looking forward to this week, but it started off on a positive note, so I am hoping it will continue in that vein. If it does, I’ll be a happy camper. 🙂

I recently talked to somebody about the importance of being able to control your thoughts when you are feeling negative or alone. It is not an easy thing to do. I still battle with it, but I haven’t had a lot of practice yet. I used to mope. Feel sorry for myself. I only recently started believing that only I could make myself feel better. I do now believe that the power of positive thinking is priceless. I think that once you feel your thoughts going into a dark place, you have to try your best to rein them in, and coax it in a positive direction.

It needs discipline and perseverance. But once you consistently keep at it, I think it becomes easier, and eventually it happens automatically.

I sometimes have to pull myself up by my bootstrings, but it works. The times that it doesn’t work, I get active. Or I get into my car and drive somewhere, preferably where there are people.

Today, fortunately, I didn’t need that. It was a positive day, even if it was a Monday!!

I know some of you are done with Monday, some of you are right in the middle or your day. Mine is ending now, but I thought I’ll gift you this ‘ancient’ little song, to ease your Monday into a pleasant one.

You’re welcome! 🙂

Monday musings.

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Tree at sunrise.

I do love alliteration, don’t you? 😀

Mondays used to be a hated day in my books. Then there was a short while that I actually didn’t like weekends. I kid you not! That was during a period when we were at home weekend, after weekend, after weekend – not going anywhere, not seeing anybody, just home. All. The. Time.

But now, being older (just a bit), and wiser (a lot !), I want to ask you the following:

  • when your alarm goes off on a Monday, and you hit the snooze button, and then you snuggle into your comfortable bed for a few minutes more, are you thankful for that bed? Thankful for the fact that you’ve got a roof over your head and a bed?
  • when you get up and jump into the shower, are you at all aware of the fact that there are people who do not have that luxury?
  • When you sit down for breakfast, or grab a cup of coffee, do you ever think about the people who don’t have the same privileges you do?

See where I’m going with this? Because if you don’t, I’ve got a few more things to put on my list…

The important one that I need to get to, is this – I’m sure that the main reason you hate Mondays is because it means you have to go to work. Not so?

Well, I for one, do not feel sorry for you – YOU’VE GOT A JOB! You can look after your family. Pay your mortgage. Buy food. So many people are out there without jobs, and now with Covid, thousands more will be jobless. And they lie awake at night wondering how they are going to put food on the table, wishing that, in the morning, they can get up and go to work.

So, my dear blog friend, if you are in the privileged position to have a job that you can go to on a Monday morning, please do so with alacrity. If you absolutely, positively despise your job, I know it will be difficult to be thankful, but still, try to be, because you do get a pay check at the end of the week/month. And while you are earning money for the job you hate, start looking out for something else, start thinking about how you can change your situation. But all the time, be thankful. Please.

Until we chat again, be happy! 🙂