I baked a pie today, and spent some time outdoors reading and enjoying the scents of the late summer garden.

Otherwise, I mostly took the day off. Reading, watching Miss Marple on Amazon Prime, talking with my daughters via text, playing with Vine, hemming a pair of Miracle Pants, knitting…

These are worthwhile things to do on a day off. This was a good day off, the end of summer and so a time for appreciation of the summer pleasures — from blueberry pie to fresh tomatoes and peppers — before they end.

I spent a little time clearing up in the living room, it being Living Room Week.

I’m also starting Proverbs 31 in 5 Minutes a Day. We begin with “A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her, and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” For Day 1, today, we are reminded that we don’t have to rely on ourselves, to hustle hard, to earn our salvation through our noble character. Through grace we have been saved with the free gift of salvation. How, we are asked, are we relying on ourselves when we should be relying on God?

It’s a timely question for me. I’ve been feeling put upon sometimes, or at least as though I am responsible for too much. I’m not, really. That’s an unappreciative, even disrespectful attitude toward the others around me.

Some of the stress I’ve been experiencing, I think, is about the pandemic. That is certainly not under my control. The position of God is already filled. I just have to be a woman of noble character, living a godly life during the pandemic. Cleaning up my living room, natch, and working on my Fall 2020 collection. Being a good worker, wife, mother, grandmother, elder, and citizen.