Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Listen, can you hear that?
It's quiet. Very quiet. I'm here alone in the house, except for a dog who pads around the house after me and two cats who can be found napping in various comfy spots. Husband and daughter have gone off to Lake Tahoe for the annual stay with R's siblings. This year, due to work deadlines and a severe need for some time at home alone to just get things done, I've stayed here.
It's not like my little family is rowdy or constantly blaring noise. But I am so struck by the silence, and how it makes the day stretch out in a lovely, empty way. I've been getting up early, taking care of the dog and cat needs, and then sitting outside on the patio for a bit with my coffee and a magazine or a book. Then I discipline myself and head upstairs to work for a few hours. By lunchtime, I figure I've paid my work dues and I can play. Or nap. Or do whatever I darn well please.
I spent one happy afternoon gathering up all of the terra cotta pots I could find around the yard, then headed off to the nursery and picked out flowers. In the early evening, I planted flowers and scattered the pots around the patio -- so nice to have some fresh color! I've watched a silly movie (Leap Year with Amy Adams, which was so-so and predictable but a pleasant accompaniment to sitting and cutting pretty pictures out of magazines.) I've organized my work files. I've sorted out some books to donate for the library book sale, and several bags of stuff for the Salvation Army. Amazing what I can accomplish when there are no interruptions.
I've made luscious salads for dinner each night, enjoying the freedom to eat when I feel hungry and without worrying about family dinner. It's funny -- I love having dinner with R and C, and our having dinner together each night is an important family time for all of us -- but it's so nice to have the change. I can eat while reading, or watching Rachel Maddow, or just sitting outside while watching the hummingbirds at the feeder.
This afternoon might involve some sewing, a new art quilt project in the works. We'll see. I'm commitment-free this week, even with myself.