Take Care of Yourself

Thought for the day:

When was the last time you did something nice for yourself? If you are like me, you are so busy taking care of your home and everyone in it, that you are the last person to get some much-needed self care.

Self Care. Who Needs It?

You do!

Self care is necessary when you recognize the need for some time and space by yourself to decompress. Once you recognize the need, then you have to make it a priority. You need to temporarily step back and step away from your responsibilities and distractions — yes, even your phone!

It’s not necessarily a vacation, although that would be nice. It’s really just a “breather”. This can be as simple as a walk around the block, a long, hot bath, or sitting outside with a favorite book. The key is to be by yourself. It’s also a great time to have a conversation with God, read a devotion, or journal a prayer. Share your worries with Him because no one cares for you more than He does!

And as crazy as it sounds, you may need to schedule time on your calendar for this respite each week. Treat it like an appointment.

My breather today was a brief walk around the yard. My husband is the gardener in the family, and he loves trying new crops each year. I appreciate his gift for gardening,  because if left to me, we would have nothing growing but weeds!

We’re already enjoying fresh garden tomatoes in our salads, as well as Romaine lettuce, fennel, and basil too!

I’ve been watching the Delicata squash . . . one of my favorites. We have a few on the vine, and they are coming along nicely. You can see one hidden in the leaves below. It will be a while until harvest, but it’s SO worth the wait!

Now that summer is officially here, how will you enjoy some self care time? Do you have a favorite way to decompress?

However you decide spend that precious free time, make it a priority each week. Take care of yourself!

Sunshine and Songbirds

Happy, rainy Sunday!

I’ve enjoyed both restful and productive days for the past two weeks while I took a short break from writing. Sometimes I need to force myself to take time out for rest, and I’m always glad when I do.

We have so many projects going on at home, so there is always something to plant, paint, repair or update. That said, I’m happy to report that we have finished flooring and painting one of our guest bedrooms. (Only four more rooms to go!)

My husband is beginning to wonder what we were thinking when we undertook this project. It’s clearly going to last many months at the current pace, but the results are amazing. I am truly blessed to have a spouse who is so talented!

Green and Growing

Our garden is planted and already full of cucumber, zucchini and tomato blossoms. We’ve been enjoying fresh spinach and fennel fronds in our salads since last week. A longer and earlier growing season is certainly one of the advantages to living in the mid-Atlantic region.

And although I am rapidly tiring of the rain, it has helped wash away some of the pollen. Everything is green and lush and vibrant! It’s also a peaceful sound on the roof at night.

A (Bird)Song in My Heart

I was delighted to discover that we have a pair of American Goldfinches in our neighborhood.  They visit our thistle feeder daily. The male is a striking bright yellow color, especially against the backdrop of spring greenery. Their song is lovely too. During the long winter months, I miss hearing the songbirds more than anything. (Click this link to hear the American Goldfinch’s song!)

This is a photo of our Crimson Honeysuckle taken earlier today. It’s drenched, but ready to welcome our hummingbirds when they arrive. I had expected them by now, and it’s possible that they are already here. They are so tiny and quick that I often miss them at our feeder. You need to stand very still and watch the feeder for several minutes at a time. It takes patience, but seeing them flitting and darting and hovering mid-air makes it worth the wait. They are truly amazing little birds!

Tomorrow’s forecast is looking sunny. That’s always welcome news to start my Monday.

May your week ahead will be filled with sunny skies and cheerful birdsongs to fill your heart with joy!