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Friday, June 24, 2011

What I Did During My Summer Staycation, by June

I have been enjoying doing Ordinary Things.

  • Assembling and carrying outside the things necessary for an outdoor meal: the lettuce and radishes and cucumbers, freshly uprooted and picked from the garden and rinsed in the kitchen sink, the salad dressing and ketchup, two forks, two napkins...
  • Throwing burgers onto the grill when the fire is ready, or a little after that, instead of dancing from foot to foot waiting for the fire to hurry up and get ready...
  • Washing down the picnic table after the meal, sloshing sudsy water over the green painted surface so warm from the sun that it dries almost instantly...
  • Making the beds at my leisure, a stop on my way to do something else...
  • Cutting the orioles' oranges into halves, putting them all back into the plastic bag from the supermarket, and wandering around the side yard looking for good mounts...
  • Pulling a few weeds here and there as I alternately admire and worry about the annuals' ability to withstand the past two days of rain...
  • Doing errands as their own trip instead of wedging them into the drive from work, as I pant eagerly to get Home...
  • Making parts of meals throughout the day and pulling it all together at the appointed hour...
  • Watching at the end of the day as the clouds sink into the valley, obscuring the nearest hill...


13 comments:

Suze said...

'I believe that inevitable tragedy is a fork in the road, offering lessons in emotional and spiritual growth.'

I love this. And I love the simple attraction of the avatar you have chosen.

rachel said...

I do love a staycation! Just having time to potter productively. Or not.....

Friko said...

Shall I tell you something that'll make you spit?

I have a day like yours at least two or three times a week. You'd soon e bored stiff.

Olga said...

That sounds a bit like retirement...although, I do have to say, I never, ever find it boring to go with my own flow on my own schedule.

Linda Myers said...

What an absolutely wonderful schedule! - or not. The best kind.

ladyhawthorne said...

sounds like heaven!

Retired English Teacher said...

Sounds quite wonderful to me. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the time so simply and so well.

VioletSky said...

That sounds perfectly relaxing. May you never be bored with such ordinary things.

hmm, word verification is warbler - have you seen many of those mixing with your orioles?

June said...

Suze, thanks for coming by . . . and thank you for the compliments!

Rachel, yes! The gift of Time! to do with as I wish.

Friko, in the winter I might get bored. But this time of year? Never!

Olga, I do, in fact, feel as if this is the way I would live if I were retired. I've had moments of pretending, like a little kid, that I am retired with no Monday in sight.

Linda, LadyH, and RET, some people like Ordinary Things as a daily diet. Here are four of us. :-)

VioletSky, I too hope I never get tired of such things. I wouldn't know a warbler if I fell over one, but I don't think I've seen any.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That's what I love about weekends and school holidays ... and what I'll love about next year after I've retired .
(The word verification is billsio , but I'm not going to think about billsios and pensions at the same time !!)

Anne said...

Having recently retired, these are what my days are like and I love them! In fact sometimes I can't remember what day it is because I don't have to think about "weekends and Mondays"!

Sheer bliss!

Joe Todd said...

Sounds good to me.. Working in the garden isn't work but a labor of love......... off to a meeting ..Have a great week

Barb said...

Your Staycation is my Life - nice, isn't it?