The Joy of Puttering

Life is good when puttering!

I love to be home. I also love puttering in my home. A morning when I am not rushing to be out the door by 7:15, or any given place at a given time, is a little piece of heaven to me.

Puttering starts with no particular agenda and a good cup of coffee. Puttering isn’t about being lazy. I don’t do lazy. Lazy annoys me, unless it is after supper time. Lazy makes me feel grouchy and lethargic. Puttering is about working without pressure and hurry. It lets the work take me where I need to go. Since I’m easily distracted, this often means the start of several tasks at one time!

A good day of puttering will almost always begin in my kitchen; the true heart and soul of a home. The rest of my house may be chaos, but I try to keep our kitchen under control.

If the weather is bad, a puttering day will almost always turn in to something baking. The smell of cookies baking brings everyone to the kitchen at one time or another. Of course, I have to be careful. Miss adult ADD sometimes forgets her cookies and the sound of the smoke alarm does not alarm my family…it makes them roll their eyes.

If the weather is good, a puttering day will take me outside. I love to start a fire, pick up sticks, burn old feed sacks, visit the animals and check the flowers. I flit from task to task like a butterfly visiting; pulling a weed here, watering a plant there and talking to the animals.

Give yourself a gift this holiday season and take a morning or afternoon to putter. Don’t put pressure or a deadline on yourself. Don’t make a to-do list. If you need a place to begin, start by cleaning your kitchen counter and sink. Turn on some holiday music. Make a cup of coffee or iced tea. Most importantly, ENJOY!

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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