Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lazy Summer Days

I haven't done much this past week, other than cross stitch. After I finished my little trio of salt box houses and got them in place, I set to work on this seasonal piece. I still have a black checkerboard border to stitch, which I will hopefully finish over the next few days, and then I plan to stuff it and place it in a little seasonal display I'm dreaming up. I'm a little late to the game with summer, so I will probably set immediately to work on Autumn to get ahead. In the end I will have one for each season and display them with some other "seasonal" trinkets to observe the changes of the year, which always brings me such delight!

Part of me has felt a bit lazy, and maybe even guilty for sitting on my rumpus so much lately.  But after pushing myself hard for close to a month, I knew that if I didn't take some time to rest that I would eventually crash, emotionally and physically, which is never pretty. But come next week, there is furniture to be painted, curtains to be made and hung, and a plethora of other things that will need tending to, so in the mean time, I'm going to embrace grace and allow myself to rest.

In other news, we think we've found our van, although in all honesty, I have very mixed emotions concerning that. I think I've shared before that it is Bill's dream to convert a van into a "home on wheels" and then take a year or two and travel the country. And while I'm almost always up for a good road trip, this last move has kind of done me in on the idea of relocating any time soon, especially living on the road. That's not to say I'm not game, it's just the timing of this discovery that has made it a little hard to warm to. But he promised that we won't be setting out "any time soon", as in, at least until the end of our lease which is a year from now, and he expects it may even take a little longer than that. If I'm part of this deal, full time anyway, I have some specifications regarding the way I want things to look, feel and function.  Being a "homebody", if that is going to be on the road for a few years, then I need as many comforts as we can fit into that small space. But I have to agree that this van does seem to hold all that we had hoped for, structurally anyway. It is less than 20 years old, has low mileage, a high ceiling, meaning that you can stand up in it, and the price is right. And while we won't be heading out on a grand adventure in the near future, outfitting it will be fun and inspiring as well. The only problem we are facing right now is where to park it during the build, since we now live in an apartment.  But as with every step of this journey, we are trusting that if this is God's will that He will provide. With that, we're heading for the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee tomorrow evening and hope to be back by Friday or Saturday at the latest. The trip itself will be fun, and perhaps a little "get away" will do us both good. I'm hoping to make a little time for reading on the drive up, or listen to a favorite podcast.  With the move, I've fallen out of habit with enjoying both of these pleasures and a road trip can make the perfect setting for both.

And speaking of reading, I picked up the latest issue of Bella Grace magazine earlier this week and I've been perusing through it a bit, usually before bed. One of articles that piqued my interest was 25 Whimsical Ways To the Enlighten The Light Of Summer.  Just listen to the opening words of the first paragraph.

"At the mere suggestion of summer, possibilities seem endless.  There appears to be a litany of days that run one into another, stretching sunshine long into twilight.  Periwinkle evenings are met by petal-pink dawns, and the parade of summer clouds appears with invisible music you don't hear but can feel."

I don't know about you, but words just feed my soul, and these have wet my appetite to perhaps be even more intentional in relishing in the warm glow of summer's light. The article goes on to suggest ways to savor the summer days.  Here are just a few of their suggestions that I enjoyed.

★ If you feel like you're missing your youth, then go to the library and check out all of the favorite books you read a child.  Curl up with your old teddy and read the stories aloud in the character's voices.

★ If you are feeling adventurous, then get in your car with no phone, no map and no agenda of when to be back.  Get lost on purpose, turn by turn, just drive!

★ If you are blessed with a thunderstorm, then embrace every moment of it! Turn off al off the lights in your house and burn candles.  Cuddle under a blanket made of only the softest material, and into a a new novel and read it cover to cover.

I think I might just partake in all of these, and there are several others in the article that I sparked my interest as well.  What about you?  What are some ways that you are savoring summer, or an idea you have for something you can do to be intentional about making time to take in all the warmth and light this beautiful season holds? Our little impromptu road trip tomorrow has inspired me to seek out some beauty, and once we're back I'll be sure to share my finds with you!

Until then, my friends, savor these summer days!

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