I've read so many posts lately about how overwhelmed everyone feels. Trying to juggle their must-do lists and their wants & needs to-do lists and I think it is good to step back every so often and just do nothing for a few days. Of course, you have to do some things, but you know what I mean. Don't go shopping, don't leave the house, don't try and squeeze in some crafting, don't plan anything, just kinda go with the day. I realize that we chose for me to stay home with Keely and I know lots of mother's chose to do this. It is kinda crazy that we let ourselves get all stressed with things we don't have to do! Think of all the people living in extreme poverty in the world and of the single mom's with many children and all those who suffer from very poor health or have to care full-time for a disabled loved one. So many of these people don't even have the opportunity to stay home because they want to and couldn't even if they think it would be best for their family. They certainly don't have the option to craft and be artistic when they're struggling just to survive. I decided this weekend that I would be greatful that I can stay home and that we are secure enough that we aren't living paycheck to paycheck. This weekend we did nothing and it was pretty nice. Luxurious even. How many people really even have that option? Unfortunately, the poor hubby was very sick all weekend and spent most of it sleeping. Maybe it helped us all just lay low though.
Keely and I spent the late afternoons on our mini-deck. We have a messy mulberry tree that is dropping its berries all over, and Keely loves collecting them "for the birdies to eat." I like how her feet are curled together here.
We watched the clouds roll by in the most beautiful blue sky. The temperature was perfect and a wonderful breeze was blowing the trees above us.
The cat and dog visited with us every so often. Keely let me take photos of her with little protest. I love this shot below.
The pictures are a little dark because the sun was low in the sky. We got out some pillows and blankets to cuddle. Then I brought out some old issue magazines and we flipped through them. I must have looked through these mag.s 5 times before but now that I can sew, I notice so many different things in them. I see anything that looks homemade and think, "I could make that!" I tore out a bunch of pages to stuff in the inspiration file. All in all, it was a pretty relaxing weekend and I'm feeling greatful for all the good things we have in our life.
*I'll be back to being a psycho-stress ball in about 2 days I'm sure, but it was a nice break. OH yes, there are a few more photos over at Flickr…just in case there aren't enough here. ahem.
May 22, 2006