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Saturday, July 27, 2019

One thing I have noticed as I grow older is how easily time seems to slip away.

Time by minutes slips
away, first the hour ,then the day.
Small the daily loss appears,
Yet soon it amounts to years.
                                    - Ronald Tierney

I remember when I was a child how time seemed endless. The summer days lasted forever. Days in school seemed to drag on and I was often glancing at the clock to see when I would be free.

When I entered adulthood time still seemed to be infinite. I thought college would go on forever, marriage would last until the end of time, and the sound of my children's laughter and squabbling would always be there.

None of that happened. Time moved forward, and as it moved forward its pace quickened. 

Each year seemed to shorten. I remember several years ago my sister saying, in July, "well, tomorrow it will be Christmas".  

We laughed about that, but I realize now how the time between Christmases has shortened. 

These days I text her on Friday night and say, "Oh look it's the weekend again. What happened to the rest of the week?".

My days are full. I seem to have settled into a routine and the rhythm of that routine seems to comfort me.

Each morning I sip decaf tea or coffee from my favorite mug as the oatmeal bubbles on the stove. 

I think about the day ahead and what my plans are.

Then I take time to read a little of a favorite book while I eat breakfast. This morning it is a new novel by one of my favorite authors, Linda Castillo.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays , and Saturdays I have planned morning activities so I am out of the house early. That seems to get me geared up for the rest of the day.

I split the rest of my time between tedious household chores, blogging, working on my vintage selling business, gardening, etc. The etc. definitely varies from day to day. 

Of course I also try to see my family as much as possible, but I know they have busy lives. 

So here it is the weekend again. The week has slipped by so quickly, but I love that I still have purpose, that I can look back at the past days and see what I have accomplished. 

Time slips away, but life goes on.



  1. The pepper photo is so simply perfect! Nice to sofa suf this Saturday.

    1. Thanks. So nie to see you here. I managed to get three peppers from my garden.

  2. Great post and I so agree with you!

  3. Is that ever so right! Everyone now is doing "Christmas in July" and I can kind of see why... as if you don't prepare now, it sneaks up on you! But I'm in NO WAY ready to even THINK about Christmas yet! I love the season, but in the past few years, would almost just like to skip it! It seems like we're always playing catchup to catch up to the next holiday. Our worlds seem to revolve around the holidays it seems and maybe that's why time seems to speed by... each holiday comes sooner and sooner, and the commercialism makes it worse. Oh for the simpler lives of our childhoods when like you say, the days seemed to last forever... summers were awesomely long, but the school days did drag, as did college days and work days! I think now that we don't "work" in an office, the days really do pass so very quickly, as we are usually doing things we love doing! Have a great weekend.... Marilyn

    1. I was ready to give up on Christmas too. I was tired of the six hour drive to be with my family. So happy we are now in the same city. Maybe it will be better this year. I agree that all of the holidays are over commercialized. It drives me crazy. xo Laura

  4. Laura, I loved this post. My sister and I always complain about the loss of quickly it goes by even while we are watching. Time is our most precious commodity. Your sister and you made me think of my sister Jeanie and I. While we are planning ways to use up our time, life makes it go faster and faster. I can't wait to talk to my sister about this post. LOL. Blessings to you sweet girl, xoxo, Susie

    1. Thank you, Susie. I'm so glad you like the post. I hope your sister will be able to read it also.

  5. Wonderful post my friend and true. Life seems to move faster the older we get. July comes and Christmas is here. I'm not a summer girl but I try to smell the Rose's everyday so to speak.

    I have gotten the gift of movement again and I don't take advantage of it. This is a gift. I will not take it for granted.

    So thrilled you are settled and happy.


  6. I think about you often, Cindy. I am so happy for you that you have found a treatment that works for you.

  7. Well said my friend. My weeks are busy but fulfilling.

  8. Such a true, true post, Laura. I told my son the other day that I don't think I have time to do all the things that I wanted to do in life-it seems to pass by in a blur. I have one more year of working full time-so will be 71 when I retire (again). Seems like yesterday I turned 50!!

    I am glad you have a nice routine set for yourself. I am looking forward to that. xo Diana


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