Some days were meant for nothing to get done

Every once in a while, at the end of the day, I will look back and ask myself, “What did I do today?” All too often the answer is, “Nothing that amounts to much.”

There is a name for those days and I observe them more often as I have gotten older — or is it that I have become more mature? Those days are called “Do-Nothing Days.” My guess is that some of you have those kinds of days.

I may start out the day with good intentions. I may have is a list of things to get done or that Betty wants done during the day.

But first thing in the morning is breakfast with that extra cup of coffee. That takes a bit of time, a lot of time if I can stretch that coffee out a bit longer.

Then there is the morning paper to be read. It is important to keep up with the news and the morning paper can be a more reliable source than some others, mostly TV. It seems to me that many of the morning TV news shows are five minutes of news and the rest is some kind of entertainment that doesn’t much interest me. I guess I’m cranky early in the morning.

It takes me some time to thoroughly digest the morning paper. While much of the news can be bad, there are usually many positive local activities taking place. It is important to keep track of them because there might be a good church or other organization that has an excellent dinner that I don’t want to miss.

Of course, the comics have to be read to keep up with my favorite characters. Then I want to know what the editor of the paper is saying so that column needs to be given careful thought.

By the time I get these things done, the morning is well on its way to being gone. I do put the dishes in the dishwasher for Betty so we can be ready for lunch.

Then I need to call my dairy farmer friend Jim to find out what is going on at his farm. He has one of the largest dairy farms in the area, so it may take some time to listen to what he is doing. He is always interesting because he has many activities going on at one time. Problem is, it makes me tired listening to all he is working on.

Often, I need to spend some time in reflective thought about what the editor of these columns might want me to write about in this column. He wants interesting column, so that takes some time.

By that time it is noon and time for lunch. That may be followed by watching a news channel for a few minutes.

One of the most important parts of the day is next, my afternoon nap. Without that, the rest of the day can be difficult because I need my rest — or think I do.

Afternoon mail arrives about the time I wake up. It needs to be sorted and the junk mail discarded. The rest of it might be bills that have to be paid or questions from someone who read previous columns. We get some magazines that we enjoy, so they need to be looked at. There just might be an article that has to be read right now.

By that time, the day is gone so there is no use in starting on some project that was on the list. So it turned out to be a do-nothing day.

As I said, those days are getting easier and easier to observe. They are also easy on the heart because they are stress free.

Maybe you should join me in some do-nothing days, too.

Parker is an independent writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Contact him at