Good Morning Friends!
I’m back, happy, and fully recharged. Yesterday, I took 24 hours from social media and my blog. (Okay, admittedly I slipped up once and made a tweet with a curious question… which never got answered. So, I’ll ask it here for all of my international readers. 🙂 ).
- Here in the U.S. we have an “international aisle” in the grocery store. In it, we have sections with various products from around the world. I wonder if there is an international aisle in groceries stores in other countries AND is there a U.S. section? And if so, what is in it? (Please God don’t let Twinkies represent the U.S. LOL)
Okay! So, besides that tweet I ditched my phone and laptop for a full 24 hours and just… lived my life. I did snap a couple of pictures to “show” what I was up to, but beyond that it was more of a mental transformation and a time to recharge.
Waking up yesterday morning with no agenda was glorious. “I’m doing this every Sunday” I told my husband and he agreed. It was definitely a necessity since I’m tackling 2020 with many major projects. To have one day a week where you throw the brakes on everything and simply be is so necessary. So, I woke up slowly. As usual the family was clamoring for breakfast, but this time I pointed at the cupboards and kindly suggested that we each make our own meal. That felt nice too. 🙂
I turned on some music. I danced around my tiny home in wool socks with my house slippers, and I made myself a cup of hot cocoa. Truthfully, it had been ages since I had made cocoa for myself. But I went all out this time. I wanted to pamper myself a bit. “You deserve this time” I reminded myself over and over. It was my natural inclination to open my laptop at the start of the day, but I forced myself to sit there, sip my cocoa, and watch the sunrise. It was beautiful, and reminded me that I don’t need to be so “plugged in” all the time.
Feeling awake and super relaxed I headed outdoors to begin clearing out the dead plants from the garden. For hours my husband and I worked side by side in the brush. I felt so connected to the earth. Yes, I was clearing out dead plants, but my mind began to roam as I wondered what I wanted to plant in a couple of months. Here on the farm, we have been leaving birdseed daily for the hundreds of birds and quail that hide in the shrubs. Just the other day I saw a mama quail who was undoubtedly pregnant and it reminded me that Spring is just around the corner.
So, we plucked huge, crackling stalks from the garden. We got caked in dirt and pollen. But we cleared away the brush around the fruit trees to make space for new life. “It looks GREAT!” I squealed to my husband as we stood there sweaty, filthy, but happy.
With the sun at the highest point in the day, it was time to go inside. (I learned, since moving to the farm, that you want to do your yard work in the early morning. It’s cool and the mosquitoes aren’t out yet). We showered up, and felt even more relaxed but a bit tired too. When I’m in that frame of mind, Little Me comes roaring to the forefront. “Nappy” I said to Daddy and he nodded. A nap was in order. Sadly, hammocks don’t allow us to snuggle up. So we smushed together on the couch and passed out for a solid hour.
Side note: I wonder why as children we fight naps so much, but then as adults we are practically diving into the bed for a nap lol?! Just a thought. 🙂
After waking up, I still felt little so we turned on Disney + and curled up as a family to watch “Robin Hood”. I love the story of Robin Hood, the bandit who stole from the rich to feed the poor. I love the adventure. I love the talking animals. I love the music. And I especially think the bard-rooster is so cute!! If you’ve never seen Disney’s 1973 version of “Robin Hood”, I highly recommend it.
As the evening dwindled to a close, I sat there just soaking up time with my husband. We would be back to the workweek after a 16-day vacation for the holidays starting today, and that would take some easing into. So, I sat there snuggled up to him just talking, daydreaming, and laughing. Taking a single day off to live your life unplugged is amazingly healthy, and truthfully I’m excited to see what next Sunday holds. But until then, I’m equally as excited to dive back into our regular posts on here with all of you! 🙂
Stay tuned for Day 4 of “The Dominant’s Den” today, my friends, and I will see you all back here this afternoon!