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AT HOME WITH KAYLA PRICE 9/9: Puttering, Pottering, and Piddling

AT HOME WITH KAYLA PRICE 9/9: Puttering, Pottering, and Piddling
  • PublishedSeptember 9, 2022

Puttering, Pottering, and PiddlingMy favorite thing in the entire world is to stay in my PJs until noon while piddling around the house.  I feel like I can leavethis article right here because, even if you like to get dressed, puttering around the house is the most fun thing a person can do!

For me, I might start with a little project like putting a few dishes away or clearing off my desk.  Inevitably, that leads to researching something on the computer or finding something that can be taken to charity.  I might read an article or see something in another room that needs to be dealt with.

Before I know it, it is noon, and I have not accomplished anything by the standard of a to do list.  Rather, I have spent a few hours comfortable, alone, and getting lost in my thoughts.Please tell me I am not the only person who loves to potter around the house doing nothing!  Surely this isn’t a condition or something with a strange name.When possible, this has been my Saturday treat.  If there is something planned on a Saturday, I must forgo my fun for the week.After selling our business and being semi-retired, I found myself at home a lot.  At first, it seemed like I could turn my PJs till noon and piddling into a daily event.  Soon I tired of it!  I started asking retired people for their advice for succeeding at retirement.  I didn’t find anything that really resonated with me.But something my Aunt E used to say kept popping into my head.  “Don’t ever retire, you will regret it.”  I don’t know if it was a self-fulfilling prophecy or just the way it is, but I proved Aunt E’s point to be true for myself.It would seem that, as humans, we all long for a purpose and a reason.  I’ll never be a brain surgeon or cure cancer, but there are tons of worthwhile, interesting purposes out there that add benefit to society.  Volunteering and working are two ways of fulfilling a purpose.  Helping someone to their car with their groceries or providing a hot meal are purposes that would be fulfilling.  Those with mechanical and technical skills are such a blessing to share with folks like me who have none.I am reading a book by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee titled Happy Mind, Happy Life.  His premise is that we can choose to be happy.  I think it helps us be happy if we have purpose in our lives.  Caring for our family, serving our community, working toward a common goal, etc. are all purposes we can serve.It may be the old “glass half full vs. glass half empty” scenario, but a purpose helps us feel the fullness of our hearts and the glass!These are just ramblings of a happy girl who now has a purpose which gets her up and dressed each day.  I am back to treating myself to a Saturday morning in my PJs doing little projects around the house. 

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Taylor Nye

Taylor Nye is the editor of Front Porch News. She has degrees from the University of Wisconsin in human biology, Latin American studies, and public health. She has previously worked at the Wisconsin State Journal, Tucson Weekly and Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. As a sixth generation Hopkins County resident, she loves celebrating our heritage and history.