Soon, so soon, I am starting my vacation. This is a strange time for me. I will actually take off the month of June. I am not sure what to do with myself, but I have a few ideas.
With this free time, I will set myself to some mundane tasks. The biggest task I have is sewing buttons on my clergy shirts, both literally and figuratively. Lately, buttons have been disappearing from my clergy shirts, even the brand new shirts! It could be because I have put on some weight. It could be because the shirts are (super expensive) poorly made. It could be because the thread that holds the buttons on is getting worn. All that being said, I have a lot of mending to do.
I have some mending to do. I need to repair my shirts or even discard a few that do not fit me anymore. I must look at my ministry, and see where I have let my ministry grow worn and tired and close to breaking. I need to address those hurts or laziness in prayer and study or outdated ideas that can get in the way of ministry.
For that matter, I have a ton of laundry to do, not just the “toss it in the washer and go” laundry either. I need to do the hand washing, soaking in soapy water before putting in the washer, kind of laundry. Then I need to put that laundry on the line to dry. I must wash away and soak out residual stinky smells in my laundry; smells that I have let linger in my clothing that have no reason to be there. That means that I will have to wait for them to dry, but after they dry the laundry will be starched and clean.
Finally, I have some shopping to do. I hate shopping with a holy hatred, but I need to buy some new clothing. I have put this off long enough. I keep thinking I will magically return to a size 8 (okay size 10), so I wait. I keep looking for excuses to keep from looking at new clothing, but I need to actually go out, try on clothing, and purchase some new items. I need to go see what is available, and what is good that I have never seen before, and try it on.
So, I should be pretty busy this vacation, but afterwards I know that my shirts will fit, smell fresh, and my new skirts will look fabulous, and I will be too!