Where does the time go? I remember hearing both my parents say that when I was younger. I never understood what they meant. What do you mean where did it go? The days seemed long, and the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was the longest time period in history! There was always time to play and ride my bike and hang out. With time left to be bored. Now, I would give anything to have another 6-8 hours in the day. Alas, there will always be 24 hours in a day. Now I need to figure out how to make the most of my 24 hours. Well, let's start with sleep. A very necessary part of the day. That takes up 7-8 hours. Then we have making meals, chores, work, driving back and forth to school, throw in a few hours for family time and, well, we're pretty much done. In a perfect world, I would go to bed at 10:00pm and fall right to sleep. Get up at 6:00am, have coffee on the deck or porch and take the dog for a walk. At 6:30 Jake would get up when called, fix his own breakfast and be ready for school by 7:30. Then I would get my computer time done and start work. By noon, I would have completed an insane amount of work, have a healthy lunch, finish up some household chores and start dinner at 5:00, eat at 6:00 and spend the rest of the evening with my family. WOW, that would be fantastic. But that is not my reality. I stay up late, get up early, drive car pool, run a business and run a household. There never seems to be time. So this morning I changed up my routine. After Jake left for school, I took my coffee and went outside in the back yard. I just sat there. I heard the birds singing and watched as a few came to the feeder. There was a mockingbird taking a bath, a heron flew over the house. There were people jogging and walking their dogs. We waved to each other and I thought about the fact that these were neighbors I really didn't know. People don't take the time to get to know each other, we run from here to there and always have more things on the to do list than hours to do them. I hope to change my ways this summer. I want to sit and watch. Observe what happens in my corner of the world. I hope that you too will take a bit of time and see what is happening right outside your back door. Have fun and take care!