After last week with chaos of the plumbing problems
I was edgy and feeling overwhelmed.
So I decided to take some "down time" on the weekend for my well being.
Time to slow down,
to stop multi tasking,
take a day or two and have a change of pace and a rest from the regular routine.
Instead of hopping in the shower, getting dressed and putting on my make up first thing in the morning I sat quietly with my coffee creme
and lazed about wearing my PJ's and robe.
~ Be Well ~
Time to sleep in and indulge in a little downtime
it feels so luxurious...
Giving oneself the permission to take a day off of the domestics is so simple and restorative, yet it is not in my nature, and it could and should be!
My daily walks offer time for peace, quiet and reflection.
Fresh air and exercise are free.
I opt to walk on a scenic route that provides opportunities for me to capture beauty on my IPhone and then I share them on Instagram and here on the blog.
For that I am grateful...
"Stop and smell the roses"
pick a bouquet and arrange them in a vase and enjoy them indoors.
Mariage Freres Paris Tea,
in a pretty china cup
is the classic elixir that soothes...
an inspiring book that fuels the desire to feather one's surroundings.
Using simple pieces, editing, rearranging collections for a fresh new look.
Finding things in Nature...
using them in the home
pure white feathers
pine and fir cones
I'm embarking on a new project
"fluffing" and "feathering" my hobby room.
I took down my easel and put away my paints as I have not been using them and they take up so much space that I was not taking advantage of the space.
I am collecting a few bits and bobs that I love...
objects that bring me Joy
items that exude
a sense of calm and serenity.
It is a slow process and one not to force or rush.
Listening and looking...
experiencing the feelings a piece can evoke.
This never happens when I am busy or in a hurry.
Slowing down seems to help engage the creative side of my brain.
David Austin's Ballerina rose
soft shades of pink and cream
looks like it could be featured in an issue of Victoria magazine.
I used to buy every issue of Victoria magazine...
Very few magazines have been purchased since I retired...
with the exception of Town and Country and Country Living UK
When I worked in the school I bought oodles of mags and would pour over them while savouring a chocolate bar and sipping tea.
Magazines were an escape from the stresses of work and trying to "do it all."
Home keeping, domestics, parenting, gardening, cooking, shopping etc...
Since retiring I have a looser schedule with fewer demands...
so it should be easy to take a day off here and there,
perhaps by setting unreasonable standards
expecting a lot from myself and others is setting me up for failure.
Is striving for perfection the root of the problem?
See what happens when one has a few days to reflect on things!
I binge watched the newest season of Grace and Frankie On Netflix.
Love that series...
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen
and a crazy story line come together to make for a very entertaining show.
I had not considered TV viewing as down time
but if it makes me laugh and I love the characters
and it feels like an indulgence
I consider it
"mental snack food!"
This blog often masquerades as an online journal...
but by now you've probably already figured that out!
Hope that your week is off to a great start...
thank you for stopping by the Humble Bungalow.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~