Five Minute Friday.



I see the prompt word “SHE” and think of Flylady’s “Sidetracked Home Executives.”


Sidetracked. That seems to be my patternless pattern of living lately.


And I’m really getting tired of it. Tired of flopping around from one plan to another, or jumping to this interruption or that, of following such convoluted branched pathways, of ending up with a crumbling structure for my days, my weeks, my life.

Routine is good, and good routine is better. Good and holy routine is the best, and for a little squeak of a while, I had that, at least a taste. O take me back, God, to the good and holy, and bring the Sidetrackedness of my Home-Executiveness to a decisive end.

Sweet peace. Sweet time. Sweet Lord.



14 thoughts on “FMF, “SHE”

  1. this is me. Sidetracked, here, there, everywhere.
    needing to focus, to be grounded and centered.
    sigh, have a wonderful FMF weekend

    1. Katherine,
      Well hello, mirror image! (heh. I think there are a lot of us!) May we each find our main path, and get back on it, “baby step” by “baby step”! Thanks for stopping and commenting.

  2. I love when I find a fellow flybaby. You completely processed my thoughts on how I have been feeling lately. Thank you, for making me not feel like I am the only one out there. If you have any good tips on getting back to routine, I would love to hear them.

    1. As I’ve thought about that, Char, I’ve decided the best way is right in the spirit of Flylady: one routine at a time. And this might sound silly (instead of Cilley) and non-essential, but I’m starting right now with re-establishing go-to-bed at a regular, reasonable time. (I can fall into becoming a terrible nightowl, and then everything else gets messed up and I find my energy and alertness fizzling when it ought to be at full throttle.) I’m pretty good on my early morning quiet times, except I’ve been interrupting them too much lately with other things. I don’t suppose it matters which routine you start with, if you just start with one and get that back into being a routine. Then go on to another.
      Blessings to you in this! And thanks for stopping by! It is so good to meet a fellow flybaby. 🙂

  3. Distraction….oh yeah, I’m fighting this more and more of late. It’s so comforting to know you’re not alone, so thanks for this. Glad I decided to return the visit you made to my site because I’ve found a place I’d like to explore more. Really liked your “Got Love? (Really?) post. Very insightful. I’ll be back… 🙂

    1. Lisa,
      I’m so glad we met through FMF, too. And I almost didn’t link up! Thanks for your encouragement, and God bless!

  4. Ah Flylady…….you will love this: I didn’t read your post (at first) because I got so totally distracted at Marla’s website. Ugh. Papers and books are my downfall…..and now Internet browsing. This is a good reminder. Glad FL also reduced her website–much more navigable. Saw her in person once, and I love her feather dusters….and the cool housecleaning CD. Patterns…….. great word. Are they good or bad? I need to elminiate the bad ones.
    Thanks for this encouragement.

    1. (Chuckles.) Patterns, yep, Lynn—there are good ones and bad ones. Why does it seem to take so little time to develop the bad ones and so long to establish the good ones?? (And then so little time to lose those??) Discipline. Discipline. 😉

  5. Once again we are on the same page. I have hotspots to tackle, so I will keep this short.

    1. Ah, yes, Laurie, those hot spots. You’ve got me thinking about them in more than one sense. Good word. (Hope you’re feeling better.)

  6. It is so easy to get sidetracked – and so good to have a routine. However, I must admit that I often struggle with doing routine out of habit rather than desire. More evidence I’m not perfect yet. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, friend!

    1. Yes, Mary, that tension between feelings of obligation, or habit, and serving with the willing spirit of love is the big topic I’m really looking into right now. Not easy!

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