This is our weekend look. Who am I kidding, this is how the house looks most days.
This is the other way it looks. We live in the kitchen. We probably don’t even need that living room.
See, this is the living room. Tidy, quiet boy reading…
Aaannnd, back to the kitchen. We cook and play and write and hang out in here all the time. It is where some good cookin’ is happening so everyone wisely congregates here.
I get the house clean and tidy, laundry dried and put away, menu planned out, groceries gathered, all before the weekend so we can all hang out and rest. Often weekends turn into work projects. I’m hoping that we can slow down until Fall as it’s just too darn hot to work outside but in the mornings. In the Fall we will be working on the front yard and redoing the floors for the back half of the house. After another spurt of hard work we will enjoy a long winter of rest and good books, Hallmark Holiday movies…oh my, did I just start dreaming of winter?! You know how it is, we get excited for summer until the real heat kicks in and then we start imagining snow flakes and rain storms.
I’ve been enjoying all the old movies. This was the Outsiders. I didn’t get to finish it due to some chore interruption. There are so many free movies and TV shows on this Roku that I am in heaven.
Celebrated a Saturday with a Crazy Cake, also known as a Depression Era cake as it needs no milk, eggs, nor butter. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/7475/crazy-cake/
It is not the most exciting cake but with some frosting it will pass. I found homemade frosting from Christmas in the freezer and Sam decorated the cake. He said the theme was “War of the Spider”. It’s all the past Godzilla movies that influence that boy.
It’s a pretty funky cake but we had a sweet tooth and much to lazy to leave the house for ingredients. Oh joy when you can whip up something strange to satisfy.
I hope you all are enjoying your summers. We are struggling with being off line. My computer is the last of the gadgets not stored away. I have snuck about online for a few minutes here and there but Arjan and Sam can smell when anyone is online and find me. So, I just keep to this blog and clearing out the emails daily. I don’t have social media of any kind and I have forced myself to not go on YouTube. Each day it gets easier and now I don’t know that I want to be on there. It’s a habit or mild addiction. It was the same with Facebook. I deactivated the account so, so many times before I finally deleted it completely. I had always hated it and I knew it caused emotional stuff for me, but when I deactivated it I would feel so disconnected and lonely for a time. However, after watching Ted Talks on media and it’s hook, I deleted the Facebook and have never regretted it. It just takes some weening and then one is free, free, free!
Then you have to relearn the art of just “hanging out”. And spacing out! I find it hard to sit and space out but it’s actually necessary for mental health. I had to get back into reading too. I saw many people talk about that, how media has stolen their love for reading. It is quick snacking on a constant stream of junk food instead of siting down to a good, hearty meal. I’m relearning the art of just doing chores and making the evening meal with espresso and novel reading in between. Nothing more. For a week I was restless, uncomfortable, even a little emotional.
Now the laptop is shoved under the couch while I watch classics and highlight parts of my books or even crochet. Now I have coffee in the garden as I water my newer plants in the mornings. I play with Molly in the early hours before anyone is up. I try and just sit and gaze out the window. I’m enjoying it more and more.
I just sold my GoPro and the man was talking about how the news used to really upset him and they made a rule to not watch it after 5 pm. But that still kept him up at night as it was so disturbing. He said the family stopped watching news a year ago and they are much happier for it.
I’m telling anyone who will listen or has that little nagging in the back of the mind, get off the news, the social media, even YouTube for just a month or the rest of summer to see how you feel. You may not return…ever.