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Cure for Boredom: Be Excited about Small Things (or Just Take a Nap)

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “board/bored.” Use one, or use them both for bonus points. Enjoy!

Board: We still have plenty of lose boards in our fence we need to replace. Thankfully, Marley is not aware of our temporary reinforcements.

Bored: Boredom is rare these days. There’s always something to do or watch on TV or read, and naps! It’s wonderful to be able to nap at will now that I’m retired.

Marley our pitsky keeps me from being bored, though sometimes I think Marley is bored. Fortunately, he likes naps, too. He gets two long walks every day in addition to short potty breaks. I usually walk him in the evening and David walks him in the morning. But David walked him twice yesterday because I’ve been feeling run down by a UTI. It’s getting better, but my energy is low. Also, I didn’t realize that feeling dizzy or sleepy could be a side effect of the antibiotic till I looked it up.

Last week, I mentioned in SoCS that I was looking into alternatives for our compost so we don’t attract little animals that could become prey for Marley. The compost bin is fenced off, but animals can apparently get over or through the fence. So, the cool thing is that I just found out the nearby Food Co-op I’m a member of is offering members the opportunity to bring compost there on Saturdays! There might be a discount at the farmer’s market if I bring a pound or more of compost. Today will be my first compost deposit.

Being excited about having a place to take my compost explains why I’m rarely bored anymore. The most exciting thing is the timing. Sometimes we have to wait a while to get what we want, but this happened within two weeks!

Is there something that excites you that doesn’t excite most people?

Here are some other things that have excited me lately:

We have an abundance of these spiders. I hope they’re eating mosquitoes.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

14 thoughts on “Cure for Boredom: Be Excited about Small Things (or Just Take a Nap)

  1. JoAnna, I hope you get your energy back, but naps are nice too. I may have to take one today…didn’t sleep well last night, but at least it’s a Saturday where I have nowhere to go until later.
    Have a good weekend, enjoy Marley and whatever else comes your way.

  2. HI JoAnna, I am sorry about the UTI, they are energy sappers as are most medications.

  3. Enjoy the naps. Your body probably needs the extra rest. As someone who has been working from home for the past 15 years, I’ve found little ways to keep my days exciting, like having coffee only on the weekends 🙂

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Rosaliene. Making coffee something special is a good idea. I like to experiment with herbal teas. Looking forward to some chai tea when the weather cools off.

  4. Naps rule! I hope you feel better. UTI is no fun.

  5. Take care as you heal.

    Now, getting excited about finding a destination for your compost surely ranks as a metaphor for your fine character!

    As for critters: we have a new resident woodchuck who likes to strew dirt and pebbles on our driveway as it burrows toward our house for one of those restorative naps. Boredom! Probably respite from the heat.

    • Thanks, Annie. How insightful of you to find a connection between my compost and my character. I’ve been composting for so many years, I can’t just throw it in the trash! I love your good humor about the woodchuck.

  6. Even Sundays – so boring in childhood – can be exciting now

  7. Thank you for sharing!!.. I suspect that Marley is still at that age where every day is a new adventure and behind every rock or flower lies a treasure to be discovered!… 🙂
    I too have a compost bin where I put the fall leaves ( do not burn) and bury shredded paper underneath, gives the worms something to do… 🙂
    As for being bored, I just follow my heart and think like Marley (although at a slower pace) “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming; “Wow! What a ride!” (Hunter S. Thompson)… 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

    • Thanks for the Hunter S. Thompson quote: “…to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,…” what fun! My husband David says, “it’s better to wear out than to rust out.” Marley is mentally a teenager, but in reality, he’s 6, skidding in broadside. 🙂

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