Reflections on Self-Care Sunday [Happy Updates]

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. πŸ™‚ ).

  • 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. πŸ™‚

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.

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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.

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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. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for Day 4 of “The Dominant’s Den” today, my friends, and I will see you all back here this afternoon!

Much love,

~Kitten xx

16 comments

  1. Dead plants, oh my. Aren’t they alright where they are, since it is winter, or are you guys just being efficient for the sake of compost?

    Always nice to see inside your daily life. Good question. I’ve always wondered if the US is even considered international with all of its history of dabbling everywhere. And its contagious and very familiar pop culture.

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    1. Hehe you’re exactly right, Kuudere! We compost most everything here on the farm. The dead plants will get turned into mulch. And we also have a large compost for kitchen scraps that gets broken down into rich dirt to go right back into the garden. πŸ™‚ ❀

      And I totally agree! The US is a melting pot for us living here. But for the rest of the world, I imagine we are seen quite differently. πŸ˜‰ xx

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  2. i genuinely love and adore my adopted city, the best city in the world (nyc, of course). i have to say though that i dearly miss gardening, swimming, and just being. i’m glad you took the time you needed to recharge and refocus. i am either 5 or 12 inside and i still hate required daily naps. ❀

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    1. Ooooo what’s NOT to love about NYC! Hehe! It is the mecca of theater, art, music, food, and adventure! πŸ™‚ Thank you, my fellow Little fwiend, for the lovely comment. You made me smile from ear to ear. Sending you big hugs. I hope you have a magical day! xx πŸ™‚

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  3. I definitely need to fit some unplugging into my day! I scrapped the ASMR channel today, as you know, and one of my two blogs may need to go too (unfortunately, I think we both know which one). I’ve printed off another planner, and I’m noting how many likes I get on my posts per day. The one with less followers gets more likes than the one with more followers, which is telling. The plan for 10S&M is up for renewal on the 20th of next month, so as reluctant as I am to let go of it, I may have to. Less blogging means more time for housework myself and my family, so thankyou for leading me in the right direction πŸ™‚

    As for your question on American groceries, I hit up Tesco (where I shop from πŸ˜‰ ) to see what they had to offer. Let me know if anything is worth an order – I have a slot booked for Wednesday so it could always be worth a try πŸ˜‰ xx

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    1. *Gives you a GIANT hug*! You know, I think you’re doing the right thing. While slowing down can be so difficult for us busy-bodies, I have no doubt that your writing will just soar because you have more time for creating, relaxing, and having fun. I am always, always, always! here for you any time of the day, hun. ❀ πŸ™‚

      And omg thank you for linking the Tesco American section. While admittedly, that selection makes the US look like the Land of Sugar and Junk (lol), there are a few items that I would recommend because they taste good, and/or are quite practical:
      – A1 Steak Sauce: It's actually delicious on a steak. Hit the steak with some salt, black pepper, and a tiny pat of butter. Grill to perfection. Then slather just a bit of the sauce on top and dig in. Yum!

      -Pumpkin Puree: I usually have several cans on hand at all times lol! You can easily toss them in muffins, pancakes, or make a fast quick bread for a yummy treat. It sure beats buying a pumpkin and getting the puree by hand.

      -Arm & Hammer Baking Soda: This is THE BEST stuff to have in your house. You can use it as a natural cleaner. Keep it in a dish in the fridge so it never smells. Mix 1 tbsp baking soda + 1 cup coconut oil for an all-natural deodorant. I could go on and on. It's amazing. Oh! And it can deodorize the carpet too. πŸ™‚

      -Snyder's Pretzel Chips: These are actually really tasty and amazing when dipped in hummus.

      – Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar: It's not the most decadent chocolate in the world… but it's tasty and cheap for when period cravings strike. πŸ˜‰

      – Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: Honestly, I have yet to meet a person who doesn't like these. They are really, really tasty. In fact, the state of Ohio makes Buckeyes, which is just an elevated version of this treat. I think you'll love it too. ❀

      Message me anytime, girly ❀ I'm here for you and cheering you on always! πŸ™‚ xx

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      1. I think you’re right. I said to Wolfie earlier on that amalgamating the two slightly somehow DOES feel right. Why? Well because it’s all of who I am and, as I said to Wolfie, “I’m fed up with running and hiding who I really am” xx

        I umm.. wouldn’t like to pass judgement, but yes πŸ˜‚ it’s like Tesco decided to take all that is unhealthy and stock our shelves with it.i did just have a very healthy skinless chicken breast with pasta and homemade roasted vegetable sauce though, so they aren’t all bad 😊

        Consider the A1 steak sauce done! We have steak on Thursday so I shall run it past he who loves his steaks hehe xx

        I completely agree with you on baking soda (I’m still sure we were separated at birth! Haha). I use it for cleaning mostly but also in dumplings and tempura batter. It’s miracle dust! Haha xx

        Period cravings? I wouldn’t know. The right mini-pill is an amazing thing πŸ˜‰

        You haven’t met someone who doesn’t like peanut butter cups? Well…Hi, I’m Helen, and I don’t like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups πŸ˜‰ hehe xx

        You too hun! Although I did manage to turn the heating off this evening so if I go quiet then I might have made a snowman outta me πŸ˜‚ xx

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  4. Hi hi!! I am a little living in Brazil! We don’t have international aisles here, but we do have international stores! Honestly, it isn’t anything too special. I went there one time in search of my favorite American candy (Starbursts). Unfortunately, I was completely out of luck! The store mostly has a variety of imported wines and other alcoholic things. It has a few different types of soda we don’t have here like Dr.Pepper and cherry coke. There is a lot of chocolate, and I was lucky to find peanut butter! There are different sauces, too, like barbecue sauce and ranch. And, no worries, there are no Twinkies. But there are oreos!! LOL!! Other than that, it is basically just a normal Brazilian supermarket with more expensive products. If you have other questions, I would love to answer!!

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    1. Hi Lydia!! It’s so nice to meet you! πŸ™‚ Wow, that is so fascinating. It makes me want to fly all around the world and cook up yummy regional American dishes for all of my little-friends to enjoy, hehe! I busted out laughing when you said Oreos. Admittedly, they are one of my favorites. πŸ˜‰ What is one Brazilian food that you absolutely love? I’d be interested in hunting down the recipe and trying it out. I’ve cooked this dish (I forget the name) that’s like arroz con pollo but wrapped in a banana leaf. But, I’m always on the hunt to dive into other cultures, taste food from around the world, and open my eyes even more. So any recipe you share is most welcome! πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having a beautiful day, my friend and I’m so glad you commented in here! xx

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  5. It’s so nice to meet you too!! I would love some American pizza right now! I didn’t think pizza could be so different, but it is! I love the pizza here, but I miss pizza from home! My favorite Brazilian food is strogonoff. I also really love panqueca. Arroz e feijΓ£o (rice and beans) are an every day thing here. Before I moved here, I thought I would get tired of eating it every day. But, now, if it isn’t there, I miss it! We also eat a lot of churrasco (barbecue). But it is nothing like American barbecue. We have lots of meats like linguiΓ§a, picanha, costela, contrafilΓ©, etc. I’m not sure how to explain some of this, so if you search on Google “carne para churrasco” you will see the most common things we eat at the barbecue. Arroz con pollo is Spanish for rice with chicken. In Brazil, we speak Portuguese πŸ™‚ So it would be: arroz com frango. Spanish and Portuguese are super close to each other. They are really easy to confuse. Thank you so much for your reply, and I hope you are having a beautiful day as well!

    Here are the recipes: You can translate them with the little translate button, but if it doesn’t translate well, you can ask me!
    strogonoff (My absolute favorite.)
    https://www.receitasnestle.com.br/receitas/strogonoff-de-frango

    panqueca
    https://www.receitasnestle.com.br/receitas/panqueca-de-carne-moida

    pudim de leite condensado (my favorite dessert)
    https://www.receitasnestle.com.br/receitas/pudim-de-leite-moca

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