Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wife plays while Tomcat and kittens away

I'm coming off of a great long weekend, and feeling pretty good.  I was off work from Thursday through Monday, and the best part of all was that hubby and the 2 boys (who are currently living at home but won't be for long) went to Atlanta for their annual trek to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, leaving me home alone for the first time in over a year!  I love them all dearly, but I cherish that alone time, in the house, without the usual meal prep, cleaning up after THEY think they've cleaned up...you know how it is. :)  Basically it was 100% me time, and after Wednesday, I didn't even have to go to work!

I had such a good and relaxing time.  I got some gardening done, read, watched far too many episodes of Mad Men, in order to catch up to the current season (love that show!), went and saw Hunger Games with friends (loved it - glad I'd read the book first), took ~3 mile walks each day,  knit, ate pretty healthy except for one day where I didn't, saw friends, was a hermit when I didn't want to be with people...the options were endless!!!  I really felt rested, filled up, and at peace.  Cleaned out a couple closets too.  I feel like a new woman.

Last night, hubby and older son got home around 11:45 (younger son with his girlfriend in Cincinnati) - having driven all day, and I was so glad to see them!  Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder; too much togetherness makes the head a little crazy.  Like with most things in life, it's about balance.  Mostly I love being with my family, but every once in awhile, it's imperative to get away (or get them to go away!) to refresh and renew one's outlook, mindset and spirit.  Done, done, and done.  And I was just starting to miss them like crazy.

I'm even happy to be back at work...I know I can only handle a certain amount of unstructured time before I start to get loco in the cabesa. 

I'm currently looking for a picture of me as a kid, and I'm going to do the "When I Was A Kid" post with the 20 favorite things from childhook that Karen and Roni posted (and probably a zillion others, as I'm usually a day late and dollar short for this stuff in the blog world).  Hopefully that will be tomorrow.  Also, I'm going to post a picture of a current knitting project, inspired by Shelley, who is turning into the Bruce Springsteen of knitting. 

I'm about done with my humongous salad, and have meds to give - so signing off for now.  A walk after work is etched in stone on my planner, and then cooking a decent meal for the hub and son.  Have a good day all!


  1. The next time Mr.Helen goes away, I need to remember to take a couple days off of work. I would love to have some real alone time like that. Good for the soul.

    I have begun to think of Shelley as the Knitting Ninja!

  2. I am learning to enjoy my alone time.

  3. You sound fantastic!!! Makes me smile. :)

  4. I'm the same way - I enjoy having the place to myself now and then:) I immediately clean so that I can enjoy that too! I gave up on Mad Men last season. Got kinda slow and dark.

  5. I understand what you're saying. I really enjoy having down time by myself to dig into projects, etc. without interruptions. And after some time alone, I'm always glad to have him back!

  6. You and Helen are cracking me up with the knitting nicknames! Tomorrow will be my first day alone in the house in over two weeks, and you know what I'm going to do ALL DAY? Knit and watch all the TV shows on my DVR. Bliss! :)

    (I actually get a lot of alone time as my husband travels frequently and my kids are grown and gone - it's a sanity-saver for me...but then again, I can be a hermit quite easily)

  7. P.S. I am really looking forward to seeing your knitting project, too! :)

  8. What I would give for a few days like that! I can so relate to everything you said. I need a little alone time now and then and it rarely happens around here. Perhaps after our daughter gets married I will get some much needed quiet time for myself.