I have a 5-year Q&A journal that I purchased just after the fire.  I did this mainly out of fun.  I have a regular journal that I track major stuff in, but this one narrows things down to a simple singular question.  This was for today: Are you seeking excitement or contentment?

Since this mini book records several years in a row, I found it interesting that the last two years I was excited about things.  Things that, to date, really have not come to pass (bummed a bit on that one).  However, now I find that I am seeking contentment more than excitement.

Too many things, good and bad, have happened over a very short period of time.  I have learned, once again, to appreciate all that I do have.  I also appreciate the things I can still do.  Maybe this has made me mellow as I age (eeek-really hope not)?  I prefer to be content with the things I have, the people I share things with, and the way things are in general.

I am learning not to be so upset by things I cannot control (we will NOT get into politics in here!), but working on things that I can control.  The hardest issue yet to work on is “time” – it’s still a bugger for me.


I used to live by the watch on my wrist, which is pretty sad if you think about it.  There was nothing else to let me know what I was doing except that watch and my day timer.  No cel phones, no ipads or tablets, not even laptops (they didn’t come out till much later).

I remember the first computer I ever used (and fell in love with) was the old punch-card type (for those that do not know what I am talking about: check out these pics!)  That and typewriters got me hooked on keyboards, but they did not keep my schedule.

I no longer have a watch.  The fire took what I did have, and then my cel phone just slowly seemed to sneak in and replace it (my new “monster” inanimate object).  I just keep alarms now.  They go off with all kinds of different noises when I need to do or be aware of something.  Being a writer at heart, I still keep a physical pen-and-ink day timer.  I find something comforting in paper and pen things.


Then again, it may just be because I am addicted to these things worse than a drug addict (yes, I am positive on this!).  I CANNOT walk past a stationary store or section of a store without checking it out.  I physically and mentally have to keep telling myself – “Walk on – no you have enough and don’t need another!”  I also have issues with the crafting areas.

This leads me back to the contentment in life again.  With time constantly slipping through my hands,


I try to focus on the things that really matter to me now.  My family, our critters, and gardens, the farm, and all my personal passions.  I have no need for huge social affairs anymore.  I prefer a comfortable get-together with a bunch of good friends.  I look forward to a moment of peace which is, unfortunately, few and far between.  My excitement now is only produced when I complete a crafting project for a family member of loved one.

I don’t think this is an age thing.  I think it is deeper than that.  We hunt all of our lives for peace.  We seek out like-minded individuals so we don’t have to be continually on the lookout.  I will always look to improve whatever I can for whomever I can but, all-in-all, I am content!



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  1. I can relate to a lot of what you’re saying here. Maybe with age comes some wisdom whether we’re seeking it or not. That journal is a cool idea. I wonder if there is a digital equivalent.

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  2. My wife has started a bullet journal (Google it!) And she finds it great for her.
    I’m very much a case of “play it by ear” because I’m either very relaxed about things or I don’t care enough about them. If it’s a job that needs doing i will do it now rather than wait or out it off.

    And I have never been one for excitement… often it means something is going wrong!

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    • Ok now I am researching on it – would she be willing to share, if her’s is online, which she prefers and why? There are TONS of them just like regular journals online and free. Tell her Thanx – one more thing for me to put on my to-do list – LMAO!!!

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      • No no… Its a pen and paper one.
        It’s a little like this one from what I remember.

        Just without all the fluffy stuff.

        Online journals are great… But DO NOT put sensitive info up there and don’t treat it like it’s imperative that it doesn’t get lost.


  3. I like this post. I make little todo lists for what things I want to get done(no, really they are so I don’t forget what I want todo lists). They are mostly for what I need to get accomplished on the computer over a couple days.
    I have decided to use you as a test subject in a todo I have been wanting to try. I have seen people post photos in comments I wondered how they did it. So I thought about it and came to the conclusion that they copy paste the WordPress URL from their Media Library into the comment. So here is the URL for a photo of me being silly modeling The Blueberry V-stitch Set.

    Did it work?

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