No, just the RIGHT ones. Grab a cup of coffee or other delightful beverage, because today's post(s) are a bit longer than usual...but so is the timeframe to earn your points, so it aaaall works out....
On a trip to Colorado several years ago, our family camped near the base of Mt. Elbert. My husband, who would have been a professional mountain climber had I not come along and spoiled his plans, decided to take a day hike up the famous "fourteener" while we lounged near the campfire.
He set off early, eager to reach the summit before afternoon storms could roll in. The climb was arduous but went well, as Mt. Elbert is one of the "easier" Rockies to assault. By the time he reached the top, Tom had depleted all of his water and granola bars, but was exhilarated with his success! And now, for a picture....he pulled out the camera.
Just then, he looked to the north and realized, to his horror, that he'd climbed the wrong mountain. Mt. Elbert stood dauntingly aloof beyond the next ridge....and the next ridge....and the next ridge....
My he-man mountaineer refused to be defeated, and managed to climb not one, but SEVERAL mountains that day, eventually conquering Elbert's summit without another drop of water or bite to eat. It was not an experience he would like to repeat, but it sure makes for a great story. We were very glad to see him stumble back into camp that night.
Now that a new school year is about to begin, I thought it would be a great time to stop and think about the mountains we set off to climb at the beginning of the year. We worked on setting up an actual Housekeeping Schedule back in January and haven't touched on it much since then. I've found that I've gotten a bit off track from my goals and climbed some wrong mountains of my own. I've made the journey much more difficult than it has to be, by not consulting my "maps," reviewing my plans, and putting them into action.
Today's Small Thing is to take some time to review your housekeeping goals. Mine have been on summer vacation - how about yours?? But as I look at the new activities of the upcoming year, now is a great time to decide how I want to manage my home in the midst of it all.
See, you don't have to climb EVERY mountain. Just the right ones.
POINTS: 50 for reviewing and/or CREATING your housekeeping goals and plans. If you've never set up a schedule, it's easier than you might think! Try it! (Be sure to click on all the links in the Housekeeping post! Step 1 and Step 2). You may have until Monday to work on this, and still earn the points.
song of the day: The Climb, by Miley Cyrus