Enjoying The Nice Weather

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Our weather continues to be unseasonably moderate.  It’s been reasonable temperatures – only in the upper 70’s – and low humidity for the most part.  It’s been wonderful and this weekend, we couldn’t stay home and do chores.

Off we went to Williamsburg – have to use those passes! – for food and photos.

We left the house early (having arranged for the dogsitter to come during lunch and let the boys out), arriving at the Trellis Restaurant for breakfast.

They’ve redecorated to a more updated and eclectic atmosphere of earth tones, with mood lighting.  The new menu is also very improved over the old one and is better prepared as well.  We both ordered a hearty breakfast that included homemade biscuits, Virginia ham, eggs and potatoes.

The farmer’s market was in full swing right outside the window and we had a wonderful opportunity to people watch as we ate and listen to live music in Market Square.

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After breakfast, we split up.  It’s so much less frustrating for my favorite boy toy to set up his tripod and fuss over his pictures if I’m not there.  He carefully takes selected pictures, while I click away merrily at whatever catches my fancy, whether it works or not.  It’s also less frustrating for me to be able to dawdle over what appeals to me without him wanting me to get moving so he can find somewhere else to set up his tripod.

Although Williamsburg started out empty, that changed quickly as buses of tourists arrived.  Even so, I had a few minutes to sit by the pond in the Governor’s Palace and just unwind.  I did this for the first time in May when I went by myself for my birthday.  It’s quiet and peaceful as it’s way in the back and there’s usually no mosquitoes to chase me away.  Both in May and yesterday, I had my iPhone with.  I read some of your blogs and a few chapters from an e-Book, then just sat and watched the water ripple.

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This was to my right.  I kept turning to look at it – it was so peaceful there – and finally took a number of pictures, trying to capture the moment.  This is now the new header on my blog.

Over a month ago, I wrote of my frustrations with blogging, lack of time, lack of energy, and lack of enthusiasm.  I got a number of wonderful comments back from you, which I have distilled down and added more comments of my own.  One of the really big ones though was to not have such high expectations of myself and stop being so perfectionistic.  I’m still working on what that means for me, but it’s advice I’ve taken to heart.

That’s what this weekend was about.  My husband and I enjoyed the wonderful weather.  We ate out a nice breakfast and lunch (going back to the tea room) and checked out some museums that our pass allows us into.  We didn’t get home until late in the afternoon, then sat on the deck and enjoyed a late afternoon breeze as we read and chatted about the day.

Onion going to seed in the Governor’s Palace gardens
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Sunday was more of the same.  We made a run out to Home Depot for garden supplies to work outside in the cool morning.  We broke for a nice lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, then wandered around the museum for several hours to see the new exhibits.  A Confederacy Chapel is at the edge of the ground and was open today.  We walked over there and looked at the beautiful stained glass windows, read the placards of some outside exhibits, and finally headed home for a nap and a relaxing evening.

It’s a pretty lengthy list of what didn’t get done this weekend – laundry, bills, cooking, freezing some excess food before it goes bad.  We did dishes. . . grudgingly.  We didn’t declutter and the only cleaning was some animal body functions involving target practice at the garbage can.

But wow.  We had fun, we relaxed and laughed, and for Monday, we are both ready to go back to work and be productive.