Looking forward to a quiet weekend

The good news is is that I have no real plan for the weekend. The bad news is that it looks like I’ll have a bit of catching up to do (again) for my volunteering. And the weather tomorrow is not looking all that great. Sigh…

So, as I wish everyone a peaceful weekend, I’m also sharing these words from the better-known introvert Henry David Thoreau:

“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

Enjoy the weekend!

Early morning photo taken yesterday morning after the previous day’s snow/ice storm.


Tuesday’s Quotes February 6, 2018 – Illumination

“This is the great object held out by this association; and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispell the clouds of superstition and of prejudice.”   — Adam Weishaupt

On this day in 1748, Adam Weishaupt, German enlightenment era philosopher and founder of the wildly misunderstood Bavarian Illuminati was born in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Happy Birthday, Adam.  Like all of the thinkers of the enlightenment you helped bring humanity out of the Dark Ages. And gave conspiracy theorists a wonderful trail to follow for over 200 years, however unintentionally.

Eye of Providence image on the back of the $1 bill courtesy of Wikipedia


German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born on this day in 1906. Executed by the Nazis in April of 1945 as a part of the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler (18 months after he was imprisoned for aiding the German resistance as a courier, and helping German Jews escape Germany, while using his membership in the Abwehr as cover). The following Bonhoeffer quote was included in Letters and Papers From Prison, published in 1951:

“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”


Pillars of Creation courtesy of NASA.

Fine-tuning life…

It seemed like no-brainer – set up and follow a simple weekday schedule. Continue getting up early since daughter still needs to get to school. Head to the fitness center for an hour or so of some sort of fitness. Home to do volunteer work for 2 or 3 hours. Then lunch and the decluttering project of the day. Evenings are for whatever we need to do (occasional food shopping, perhaps), relaxing and blogging.

Ok, so after my first full week at home (never mind the lost 4 days last week), I see some problems:

The first is that not every day is normal. That is not news, but I somehow failed to account for it. We had a great visit this past weekend with my husband’s cousins, but that took this past Monday completely out of contention for the gym or volunteering. A happy problem, I admit, but a problem nonetheless.

The second is that my daughter’s schedule for the rest of the school year involves a ‘late’ day every other day – sending us to the gym later (much later). Appreciate the extra sleep, but can’t actually set a schedule for my volunteering if I want to keep it to the morning hours. And the every other day schedule prevents me from easily saying something practical like ‘mornings on Mondays & Wednesdays and afternoons on Tuesdays & Thursdays’. So, volunteer time needs to shift to afternoons for consistency’s sake, which somehow feels like it will cut into my decluttering time. But all time is an illusion, anyway, so I’m sure it will all be fine.

The other thing I failed to account for is the practical stuff I normally do – like paying bills, running errands, the inevitable stuff my daughter needs done, gathering tax stuff, planning our spring break trip and our trip to DC for this year’s science march. I’m no longer certain how I found time to hold down a job.

The good news is that we did get to the fitness center on the 4 available weekdays both last week and this. But the routine there also needs a bit of refinement. The bad news is that I found very little time at all this week to finish my current volunteer projects, so I guess I know how I’m spending my weekend.

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”  Allen Saunders, 1957, John Lennon 1980, and several others in between.

Enjoy whatever your weekend holds.


Tuesday’s Quotes January 30, 2018 – Thomas Paine

“I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.”
― Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Yesterday marked the 281st birthday of America’s Revolutionary War era political philosopher, Thomas Paine.

Paine was born in 1737 in England (in the modern Gregorian calendar his birthdate moved to February 9th) and he emigrated to the colonies in 1774 – not coincidently, just in time for the coming revolution.

He was the author of the well-known, and well-regarded, revolutionary war essay collection Common Sense, as well as The Rights of Man. He also penned the Age of Reason, although his expressed opposition to organized religion diminished his popularity somewhat, at the time.

“That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of nations, is as shocking as it is true; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country, make it their study to sow discord and cultivate predjudices between nations, it becomes the more unpardonable.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

Image from http://www.biography.com/people/thomas-paine-9431951