A Relaxing Weekend
Stop a minute, right where you are.
Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine
like a dog shaking off cold water.
Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still.
~ Barbara Kingsolver
What a luxurious weekend I’ve had! My favorite boy toy was told to show up in Georgia with his golf clubs. Can we say he’s wrapped around her little finger? So off he went to see our daughter, his golf clubs in the back of the car, leaving me alone with da’ boyz.
So often when my boy toy goes for a long weekend, I spend the time running around getting things done. He tells me repeatedly not to do that, to relax and enjoy some alone time. But it’s hard to do when there’s so many things to do.
But this weekend, I did just that. I got so little done this weekend! And it was a gorgeous weekend to do nothing too. The temperatures were in the low 70’s, the humidity was down, and there wasn’t a lot of rain. I sat outside a lot, reading my way through a stack of library books as I yelled at the dogs to stop barking. They’ve been sleeping really well at night too, thanks to all the time outdoors.
I got a few things done – went through last week’s stack of mail, got a few groceries, spent some time on Pinterest looking for new recipes, and even got a massage!
I also went to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for a morning of photography. The sky was beautiful and the roses were in full bloom! I took hundreds of pictures – I hadn’t seen the garden look like that before and I just couldn’t take a few and leave it. So I shot and shot. I’m having a little trouble editing them down as I like so many of them!
My boy toy will be happy that I had some down time. I’ve felt good this weekend too – good energy, minimal naps, and I was in a good mood all weekend.
As nice as it would have been to get a few things knocked off my to do list, I’m happy as can be that I just enjoyed the nice weather, the time off from work, and having a quiet house & neighborhood. I’m going back to work relaxed and refreshed, feeling like I truly had a break.
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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.
Love the quote, Kingsolver’s one of my favourite authors.
Thanks Amanda and thanks for stopping by. I love her book, “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral”. I’d love to homestead like she does, but the garden isn’t working out. We do buy local though when the farmer’s markets are in session.
Sounds like you spent your time wisely. Love the pictures!
Thanks Darlene. I knew you’d relate to that for sure!
Good for you!
Thanks Patti! I knew you’d understand.
The pictures look beautiful and relaxing. Someday I will relax again. I also am intrigued by the whole “wrapped around the finger” comment since that is what my wife says about my daughter also. I guess it is inevitable.
I think it is inevitable. Daughters just have a way of doing that to their Daddy’s!
I thought I’d already commented — if I have, please excuse. Your photos are absolutely lovely — we’re still a couple of weeks behind you, so thanks for the preview. 8-)
You’re welcome! The flowers should come soon.
Such a beautiful gallery of images. How wonderful that you were able to relax and just enjoy the weekend. :)
Thank you Robin! It was a wonderful treat to take off and just unwind. I had a much better week for it too – better attitude and actually better energy.
Thanks for stopping by!
wow! Those photos are beautiful! I’m glad you had this very relaxing time and took advantage of it! :) good for you!
It was great! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note! I appreciate the encouragement.
HOW REFRESHING TO READ ABOUT YOUR WEEKEND. WE’VE HAD NON-STOP RAIN HERE. I ENJOYED READING ABOUT YOUR TIME SPENT OUTDOORS. LOVE, MOM
Loved the quote and I am taking it to heart!! Sometimes it is hard to remember that we need both productive and relaxing days. :)
It’s hard to relax when there’s so much to do. But I find for myself that I get a lot more done if I take some time off to unwind.
I’m glad you enjoyed it!