Thursday, July 13, 2017

Domestic day


I woke up this morning with a strong urge to stay home. We've been so busy all summer, and this week has been no exception. Today would be the first day this week with an open afternoon - no guitar or ballet lessons, no library events, no appointments or commitments. We did have swimming lessons in the morning. But today dawned cloudy and cool at first, like a few days have lately (it's so refreshing and I'm savoring every one), and I felt like concentrating on home things after swimming lessons. I just needed to spend some time loving my home. We came back from the pool and I told my children, "We're staying home the rest of the day. We're enjoying time at home and we're not going back out again." They were surprisingly agreeable. Then I spent the rest of my day playing house. These are some of the home-loving things I did today...


I cut half of a seedless watermelon into bite-size pieces. I'm still amazed by seedless watermelons, even though I've been buying them for a few years. It's a wonderful advancement, but I have to admit that I sometimes miss seed-spitting contests...and seed-spitting fights.


I watered and pruned in the backyard and was so excited to see how big my sunflower buds are getting. I was disappointed not to have more of my seeds germinate, but the ones that did are looking good. I think this one is a Mammoth.


I straightened up our bedroom. My dresser had collected a few stray items and it was driving me a little crazy. I cleared them away and ahhh...I felt so much better.


Then I dusted inside the hutch - a job I don't particularly enjoy, but it all looks so much prettier when it's done.


After lunch, I sat with this week's book, Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. I had just a few pages left and I was able to finish it. What a great book. She's one of my favorite newer novelists and I recommend her highly.  I'm really on a roll with the good novels lately.


Miss GB helped me put her ballet costumes into a new dress bag (I bought this one). She will have a new costume every other year, when her dance school holds its big recital. So far, she has two costumes. As long as she wants to continue dancing, there will be new costumes, so I wanted to find a nice way to store them. This bag has a five-inch side gusset, which should give us plenty of room as she progresses.


I started a load of wash (kids' comforters from their beds), and headed back to the kitchen. I'd told them we could bake something this week, and here we were on Thursday not having done it yet. We baked blondie bars from a Trader Joe's mix. These are so nice and easy - just add melted butter and an egg, bake for 30 minutes, slice into 16 squares. They're a nice, just-a-few-bites treat, just enough for a small tin.


In between washloads, I crocheted a little. I made two more Maybelle squares. Only sixty-six left to go! Not that I'm counting down, really, I love this project. But keeping count does help me see the progress. We watched some science videos on YouTube, via the Blu-Ray player, and soon it was time to make dinner. We had some leftover pulled pork on buns, with potatoes and corn. Then we cleaned up, started the long bedtime routine, and finally, the Bear and I are sitting down with glasses of water (hey, it's a weeknight) and Netflix. All in all, I had a very good domestic day. Sometimes, I just need to stay home and putter. I feel best when I'm at home and doing busy, homey things. It's not exciting and it sure isn't glamorous, but it sets everything straight in my head when I pause in the bustle and take care of the small things.

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great day. It's my youngest son's last day at school today before the long summer break. At 14 yrs old although I'm not having to amuse him, I do however, need to 'find' things for him to do sometimes, or he'll be on electrics way too much. It's swimming lessons tonight for him and older teen. They messed about as youngsters having lessons, then financially we stopped due to house move and starting a new business. It's now or never and I see the lessons and primary school pool sessions have helped after all.

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  2. Your day sounds lovely to me Jennifer. There is nothing I like better than staying home. Whether that home is my "real" house or our camping trailer. The trailer feels a bit like playing house and I love it. My heart has always been at home, even when working full time. I love to vacuum! There. I admitted it! I hope you have many more slow and wonderful days this summer.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. A woman of many talents! Home is definitely where your heart is, Jen.x

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  4. I love to stay home, pootle about and create too, it soothes the soul. I have never come across seedless water melon before.

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  5. It's lovely to stay at home and put everything in order isn't it. If I'm out and about too much I start feeling a bit twitchy. Only one more week of school left here, then I will be joining you in holiday time, hurray. Well done on the sunflowers. Mine pretty much vanished this year. Slugs and snails I think. Have a lovely weekend Jennifer. CJ xx

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  6. It does get busy when children have so many activities going on, my two always enjoyed time just chilling out at home. I've got a bit of a thing for watermelon at the moment, it all started when we had our little heatwave, so refreshing to have something so juicy to pop in the mouth, but the weather's cooled down now and yet I'm still buying watermelon.

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  7. I too like a day at home, 'catching up' as I call it. It is definitely a de-stressor to do all those nice homey things. For me it is ironing, and a bit of cooking. This week we have had tradesmen working here, so I have been home a lot more, answering their questions and keeping an eye out. And doing some sewing.
    The ballet costumes look great in that bag, and you will always love having them even when the GB grows up :) Happy Weekend Jennifer.

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  8. Ahhh, I'm SO envious! It sounds like a perfect day. After a 2-week vacation and returning straight to a week of work, I definitely need more than a few domestic days. There's nothing better than taking care of and enjoying your home. Your pictures are perfect too!

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  9. those are my favourite days! :) We did not go many places as kids and we all liked it that way! :)

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  10. These kinds of days are so important. You were wise to realize you needed some down time at home, enjoying your routines there. I'm surprised that you have music and dance lessons in the summer months. To be honest, I always looked forward to a summer off from those types of activities when my children were young.

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  11. That sounds like a great day! sometimes we know when we just need to stay in and relax and get some things done in our home to feel balanced. I love being home myself and knitting, reading, watching Netflix, whatever I feel like doing. Your crocheted piece looks lovely, I am sure when you are all done your project, it will be beautiful.

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  12. Playing house is just what I need! Love your domestic bliss, I am sure you feel all relaxed and happy. I have a week of no small children and husband ahead of me and plan to do what you did, catching up with bits and pieces here and there in between work. This may well be the best week of the summer (don't tell Richard). xx

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  13. Sounds like a good day to me. Our dresser has gotten out of hand too and I started work on it yesterday. I hate cleaning my china cabinet, have to get up on a ladder to reach the top I'm so short.

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  14. I am due a day like that. I have been working 4 days a week for the last 2 months and the contracts end this week. I am looking forward to a few house days next week before the children break up the following week. Your baking, gardening and crochet are an inspiration. Jo xx

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  15. I remember those busy days of summer when all I wanted to do was stay at home and do "nothing". I put "nothing" in inverted commas because those days were sometimes the busiest days of all! :o)

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  16. Those are good, good, good domestic doings!

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  17. Sounds like my kind of day! Trader Joe's Brownie mix is really good, too. Nice shot of your bedroom. It looks very bright and cozy.

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  18. It always makes me feel good to get things put away and straightened out. It looks like you were very productive in that, baking an da little yarn work too!

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  19. This is one of my favourite kinds of day, just pottering about the house and garden. I didn't know seedless watermelons existed, I haven't seen them here in the UK yet but I'm now on the lookout for them. May you have many more peaceful domestic days like this one. xx

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  20. You have basically described my perfect day. I've tried to have a few of these this week, and the bad weather has meant we've had some enforced home days too. Sometimes you just need to catch up with yourself and potter. x

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