Balancing Life With a Little Bit of Fun

I can never be idle. When I’m idle, I’m usually napping. I have a difficult time giving myself permission to just “be.” That includes watching television or movies, or curling up in a comfy chair with a good FICTION book. I can sit on my porch and be idle, but that is dependent on the weather and bugs, as it’s not screened in. And, even then, I’m mentally listing my To-Do’s lined up for when I get done idling.

My day usually consists of getting up early and writing or doing writing-related tasks until it’s time to start my day job. Then I work from home anywhere from 10 to 6 hours a day doing work stuff. By then I’m a bit worn out, so I take a break before it’s time to do house chores, errands, cook a meal. After dinner, if I’m not burnt out from an unusually emotionally rough day with clients, I’m back to writing or promoting.

When I’m writing, I feel torn between writing and promoting. Or writing and cleaning, or writing and working. When I’m working, I’m worrying about the chores not getting done. When I’m doing chores, I berate myself for “procrastinating” and not writing.

Sometimes it’s a no win situation every step of the way.

So these last three weekends we’ve spent time getting away from the house by camping and visiting friends and family in an effort to create some fun-time. And it’s been wonderful. We started August off with a family camping trip to Kindervolk, my husband’s aunt and uncle’s family retreat up by Lake Placid.

Set up of our Five Wide Little Guy, Forevermore.
Kayaking with my beloved on Lincoln Pond.
No camping trip is complete without fire!

The second weekend in August we spent up at Long Lake/Racquette Lake visiting with friends. We helped hang Kaz’s GLORIOUS set of windchimes that are perfect for healing the soul. Their melody is deep and rich and soft and not healing.

We got to go out on the lake and commune with nature, and just BE.

My husband, David, helping in the lifting and suspension of the chimes. They’re HUGE!
A ride on a lake in the Adirondack Mountains does wonders for the soul. And it’s a great “reset” to still the constant mind.
And of course we can’t forget…FIRE!

We ended that trip with a stop into an Irish Pub in Indian Lake called McShanes. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! I went completely off my gluten-free, no meat eating plan and had a Reuben, as per the chef’s suggestion as it is his favorite dish to make. And no wonder. It was yummy! But so was the selection of beers. Again, I opted for a gluten filled beer, an old favorite, Smithwicks (properly pronounced Smiddicks.) I don’t see those locally too much, so I couldn’t resist!

My “Smiddicks.”
A very cool pub.
Me and my love.

Finally, this past weekend, David and I went with my sis, Jeana, and her son/my nephew Matt, and our furnephew, J-J-J-Jett! (woohooo oooooh ooooh oooh) to Cranberry Lake, NY. At one point, Jeana and I actually sat and stared at one another a little dazed and out of our element, both acknowledging it felt “weird” to not have to do anything.

I tried to write here and there, but to be honest, it felt so good to just laugh and be silly with my baby sis while David and Matt went kayaking or worked on fire starting techniques, that I felt NO GUILT at putting Liza and Jack (Book 3 of Earth and Sky Series, LOST IN YOUR RHYTHM) on the back burner for a bit.

Hubby took this photo of our site all set up for rain. First trip of the season it DID NOT RAIN. Now we know what to do to keep the rain at bay… Be prepared for it!
Matt’s fire made without using a flame! Go, Matt!
Cranberry Lake

Another fun thing we did in August that was absolutely not physically productive was seeing STOMP at the Stanley Theatre in Utica, NY. I’ve been following STOMP since the late 90s and always wanted to see them, but never had the chance.
When I learned they were going to be in Utica, it was perfect timing! I’ve been working on my 3rd Earth and Skies book, LOST IN YOUR RHYTHM, and Jack is a former THUMP! Performer (which is my made up world’s version of STOMP!). So to see them perform on stage, while we sat three rows away from all the action, was just amazing. We couldn’t take photos during the performance, but here is the stage before the show started and here are me and David fully masked and practicing social distancing as safely as possible!

Three rows from the stage at STOMP! performing at the Stanley, in Utica, NY.
Masked up and safe as possible. I had reservations, and almost bailed at the last minute, but in the end we had a good time!

Let’s not forget our jaunt to the newly purchased Italian Feast in Little Falls, owned and run by my nephews James and Matt, and their dad, Curt. The EGGPLANT PARM is second only to MINE. I will be re-ordering that again. (Okay, another gluten-filled meal. I paid for it later but it was worth it!)

The Italian Feast, in Little Falls, NY has the best eggplant parm, spaghetti and meatballs, and sauce this side of Italy. I recommend them highly!

And as August comes to a close, signs that summer is waning and Autumn is around the corner are evident. We are signing off the summer with a 50th birthday party for a friend, and then kicking off September with a D&D game with my kids. And then Autumn will officially kick off with a Mabon celebration and birthday party for my hubby at the end of September.

And, in keeping with the way I started this blog…Balance. We have to find time for fun to balance out our work mode. And I think I did a good job of it this past month!

Enjoy the rest of the summer, make time for adventures, but also remember to keep life balanced. Anything in excess is no good!

Balance. It’s what makes Life so worthwhile.

2 thoughts on “Balancing Life With a Little Bit of Fun

  1. Sounds like a great August adventure. We’re actually on a roadtrip too. Just spent a week with great friends in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and on our way now to visit the Teddy Roosevelt National Park in N. Dakota. This is a beautiful country!

    • Ahhh wow! Would love to head out that way one of these days. Maybe next year? We don’t know anyone out that way at all though. Tennessee and Kentucky, and most of the east coast is it for us. Have a great time! Will look for pictures! 🙂

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