We did not always have central air in this house. The first six summers we had to rely on the whole-house attic fan. I'd close up the house and open the basement door to draw up the basement's cooler air. But that never really helped with the humidity. I am SO grateful for my A/C!!
Here's the view outside my kitchen window right after an afternoon thunderstorm this week (hence, the steam bath). . . .
As you all know we went on vacation last month. When I came home I blogged about it over the next two weeks. It ended up feeling like a 3-week vacation instead. Now I have to pay my house some attention. . . .the ironing from all the laundry I've done. . . .magazines that have piled up. . . . weeds that have had a field day in my garden. . . .other people's blogs to read. . . .and I've badly neglected my other blog, Another Perfect Day. In the meantime, I've been reading Shakti Gawain's "Awakening - A Daily Guide to Conscious Living." This month she's talking about addictions.
That's what I want to talk about today--my addiction. . . .to the Internet. It's one thing to use the Internet to get and give information, but it's a whole 'nother ball of wax (just what DOES that mean and where do these sayings come from. . . .I should go look it up on the Web. . . .) when you (i.e., me) are constantly checking your e-mail, looking to see if your comment on someone's blog has been commented on, or checking Facebook to see what's happening in your friends' lives (did I forget to mention Twitter?). My problem is once I'm at the computer doing these things I find something else to look at! You know how those links are--they never end.
Ms. Gwain states, "Our culture has not taught us effective ways to fulfill our needs and lead a balanced life, so we must discover this for ourselves." For me, the Internet has fulfilled my need to connect with people. I'm really loving the conversations we've been having in the comments section. Please don't stop! But, I'm here to give you permission, and myself, to take a break from the computer. Instead, I want you to use the time to do something else you really love. . . .crafting, playing a musical instrument, singing, reading, writing, drawing, sewing/quilting/knitting, napping, biking, hiking/walking, gardening, shopping, visiting people in person, videos/movies. . . .or something entirely different from anything you've ever done before.
And to help you break your addiction to the Internet, if that is indeed one of your addictions, I will not be posting to Morning Musings until the end of the month's "Out and About" post for July. What I'm hoping is by limiting my contact with the computer, I'll spend more of my time writing the Poetry & Gabriel story I've been meaning to start or try my hand at drawing again. Unless, of course, in my creative mode I'm inspired to post a fabulous post about something! Then you'll hear from me sooner.
So, do you have any "addictions" you'd like to give up? What will you do with your extra time if you succeed? I'm not starting my less-computer diet until Sunday, so you still have time to comment here. Besides, JANET, NEEDS TIME TO SEND ME HER ADDRESS SO I CAN MAIL HER BOOK TO HER. Just promise me one thing, though. Please come back once I start blogging again! Don't give me up entirely! Just take a break and then at the end of the month I'll find out what you've all been up to.
Here is the view out my other kitchen window, taken in the morning before the temperature climbed into the 90's. . . .
Until then. . . .
And if you want one last fling on the computer, here's the movie of the song you've been listening to: I'll Be Seeing You