A Whole Lot of Nothing

The first three months of this year have been action packed.  We continued renovating our house which involved a lot of necessary intrusion.  People coming and going to work their respective magic on the place.  And it does seem magical, the changes around here.  I am so grateful for these changes: the warm and inviting feeling one gets as you walk through the front door, down the wood floor hallway and up into the heart of our home, our new kitchen.  We chose an off white shaker style cabinet door and it so perfectly works with the style of our home.  I call it my cottage in the city because that’s the feel I get from it and the new kitchen matches the vibe perfectly. So all of that to say that it’s been very busy around here with not a lot of down time.

Until I got sick a couple of weeks ago with your garden variety cold and flu-like symptoms. It felt good to sit in the same chair for a few hours and rest!  Rest and retreat have been on my mind for a long time.  I crave it and frankly get pretty cranky (or maybe it’s loopy!) when I can’t get some.

But, today, finally, I have some time and just as importantly, am giving myself permission to do a whole lot of nothing. Maybe sit in the family room with a cup of coffee and stare out the window at the trees, or maybe look at a cookbook to get some ideas for new dishes to make, or write a few words of inspiration I’ve gleaned from a book into my journal for future reference.  This is the kind of nothing I like to do.  Above all, to just sit in the quiet.   As they say, to stop being a human doing and just “be” for a while.  It has such a restorative effect on me….  And wouldn’t you know it, the weather has conspired with me. We are in the midst of another snow storm, hopefully the last of the season, please!  All the more reason to sit indoors and do nothing!