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.
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.