Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tuesday, Ten things!

 As I was sitting in my chair this morning in my pajamas thinking of all the things I have left to do and not really wanting to do any of them, I looked around at my mess and thought this is over whelming.  I am overwhelmed, spiritually,emotionally, physically.  I can just sit here and stare off into space and drink my cold diet coke.  (the diet coke was so nice)  I have so much to do today, as we have to leave early tomorrow in order to meet with the pastor to arrange the funeral.

We lose an hour and the road we travel is a winding goat trial of a highway.  It will take 5 hours to get to Missoula.  At least it is warm and we won't have to worry about snow on the pass.  Thanks for that blessing. I did get the sewing done and it is picked up, I also finished B's birthday curtains and chair pads and delivered them last night. But I still have to get other things done in order to leave.

Talked to Sissie on the phone and her plane if it is on time should get her to the church on time.  If we are late she can take over for us. 

SO as I was sipping my soda and allowing myself to go into fog brain I thought, Kim just get up and do 10 things to this room to improve it.  After you do that you can sit a stare some more.  Just ten things, you can do that.  You can count to ten  You can.  

So I:

1. picked up the garbage in the room and threw it away, just a handful of things on the tables and floor

2. I picked up the dirty dishes just a few and took them to the kitchen

3. I folded the two blankets that were mussed.

4. I picked up baby stuff and put it all back in the baby basket.

5. I dusted crumbs off the tables and sofa and chair

6. I shook out the dogs bed

7. I swept the floor in the family room

8.  I rearranged all the pillows

9. I lit a candle

10.  I got out the vacuum and vacuumed the rug.

This took less than 10 minutes. Now I am going to try this in the other rooms of the house.

I am also going to do it with the ironing and the bills.

I have to unhook my computer and take it in after this post.

If you find yourself in a funk, try this 10 thing challenge.  It worked for me.

Thanks again for all your sustaining prayers for me and my family.  You have no idea how much they help.  When I start to despair, I think of this army of readers behind me, praying and lifting me up. This means so much right now.

Well I am going to sign off and go find 10 things to get done.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.




  1. 10 things is a great idea. I usually do the 15 minute thing. I do something for 15 minutes and then stop - it is amazing what you can get done in such a little bit of time. I will try 10 things this week.
    Safe travels and please know we all have your family in our hearts and prayers.

  2. I love this strategy. I do better in my work life making lists and checking them off, and I think I can better apply to my home life. My thoughts are with you!

    1. Send me your email to samandcoffee65@gmail.com and I can send a preview concert song from my daughter. It might bring you a tiny bit if Cheer.

  3. We are all out here in blogland Kim - holding you in our thoughts & our prayers to help you through this terrible time. Just imagine us from all the corners of the globe linked together to hold you & sustain you.
    The 10 things is a great idea - I also sometimes put the timer on for 15 minutes & do what I can within that time frame - it all helps. xx

  4. I am so sad for your family to be having to go through all of this right now.
    I do the same 10 things rule when I am having a tough time getting going. I also do a "just do 5 things in each room on the main floor" thing when I am really in a rut. It is amazing how just having a specific number to start with can get the engine going.

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    1. No if you want be part of the club you must do 10 okay I am joking

  6. I tend toward depression which is you, at this time. And, why not? The whole world should be depressed when children and babies die needlessly! Doing ten things helps with despair and the feeling of hopelessness. You have your awesome family to lean on. This will take time. When my nephew died, i made a point of calling my three sisters and giving them the assignment of calling the fourth sister at least once a week. It made all of us feel a bit better and it gave her someone to talk to about the tragedy. You’re a house of strong women who will figure out what needs to be done.

  7. Hmmm, I must remember this the next time I get into a funk. Thanks.

    God bless.

  8. I like the Tuesday Ten thing. You can get a lot done in just a little bit of time. Sending good thoughts and prayers for safe travels in the morning. I’m glad you don’t have snow to deal with.

  9. Isn't it amazing how much you really can get done in just a short period of time?

  10. I love the 10 things idea. I will try it next time I am in one of those "I have so much to do and don't want to do it" funk.

  11. I sometimes do this, and it is so effective. When I just want to sit, I remind myself that I will feel so much better if I just get some stuff done on the to do list, and then sit.

  12. I have not read anyone's blogs for weeks and am just catching up. Oh, Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. Your nephew and all of you are in my heart and thoughts.

  13. We are praying for you here in southwest missouri. This has been a year of great loss for so many. Losing children is the worst gut wrenching heart ache on earth. Know this, that there are some good pray-ers here in our heartland and they are lifting you and helping you rise up every morning at 8am. May God bless you and your family with peace, strength, and love and fill your broken hearts with happy memories. ~jackie collins~