April 23, 2013

I Needed That


Well, it felt good to sit down this morning and click that New Post button. That was a long break. I'm betting, by far the longest I've ever taken. I enjoyed every moment. There may be more of that in my future. I got several emails and comments from readers wanting to know if I was okay. I was better than okay! I found myself unplugging from technology for the last month and plugging into life. It's been wonderful. I want more!


Since we last met, our home became waterfront property for a day during the floods, I had a bad bout of the flu, traveled to Virginia, read a whole book, booked our summer vacation, paid off a large debt, welcomed spring, bought a spur of the moment but necessary car, drank several margaritas, filled trash can after trash can with weeds and debris from my yard, made curtains for the studio, spent lots of time with friends and have made walking part of my regular routine. That was a wise way to spend a month, wouldn't you say?


Right now I'm in a nesting mood and feel a deep urge to go one room at a time, cleaning and organizing from top to bottom. Last night I had a dream that I filled my car with stuff from the house and drove it to a donation center. It was a very satisfying dream. If I disappear again, know that I'm here washing windows and alphabetizing my spices. And know that I am well. I am just feeling an urge to keep my world small right now and to not let the demands of life overwhelm me any more than I have to. Also know I do miss this little space and all of you too and I've no intention of giving up blogging.

So that's what I've been up to. What have you been up to? I'd love to hear!

21 comments:

  1. I've been doing the same thing! I did just fill the back of my car and take it to the donation center. It's such a good feeling to remove some items from our home. I'll be continuing the process with you. :)

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  2. I always enjoy your posts, but am happy to hear also that you took a very productive break! The waterfront property comment cracked me up, only because what else can you do but laugh at it. I hope there wasn't any damage to your home or property.

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  3. Glad you are OK and that sounds like a great month...

    annie at firefly hill (now in Virginia)

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  4. Hopefully, your waters have receded. Most of ours have, although the rivers are still high. I find myself wondering and worrying if all the rain now means summer will be miserably dry again.

    Amen to the satisfying power of cleaning and purging. We've been on a give it away, sell it, or toss it cleaning spree for the past week. At night I curl up on our couch with a book and soak in the calmness of less things. It's amazing what a difference it can make.

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  5. so glad you're back, I've missed one of my favorite, internet happy places!

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  6. I'm glad you're OK, Jen! I was wondering where you were. I assumed you were just very busy, and good to hear it was a good-busy. You are brave to unplug for awhile - I bet you feel more peaceful and got a lot done!

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  7. Sounds like a very rewarding month! Thanks for the update! If you have time to come by my blog I just posted a giveaway from me today!

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  8. I remember when school was cancelled for that flood, I was thinking, "Why is school cancelled?" I looked out my window, and it was completely fine. My area wasn't really affected by the water; I guess it doesn't have such a low elevation.

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  9. Sometimes a break ( even from something you love ) can breath new life into the ordinary so that the ordinary becomes extra-ordinary. Glad you took a break - sounds like you're refreshed!
    Karen

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  10. Good for you. Taking a break is always good. Sounds like you have been having a lovely time. I think I need to take a technology break too. Might follow your lead. Fiona x

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  11. Yes, sometimed the "app" called Reality is a wonderful experience!

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  12. Good to see you back. Breaks are refreshing and restore the spirit. Happy you enjoyed yours.

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  13. You HAVE been busy! I can't believe you didn't show off those amazing curtains in this post!

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  14. I enjoy hearing of your month with satisfying tasks and no technology. I recently moved into my dream house and have taken the last 3 weeks off of the computer. I also began a nesting process which has carried over into a relaxing routine without the necessity of constant technology. Once we step away from it we realize it really does not add much value to our lives overall. I use it only once a day now and do not miss it. You had a break well deserved. Congrats on donation of unused items. I make that a personal habit of anything unused to a senior thrift store to fund food for seniors. Well done

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  15. I'm so glad that you've had such a good break...it is nice and necessary to do so. (Me too...although my break was mainly due to spending online time looking at rental properties!) Missed you here though! And I love those dishtowels!

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  16. welcome back! funny we seemed to have taken a break at the same time, glad you are back.

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  17. LIfe definitely gets in the way of blogging. I loved your list of what you did instead.

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  18. Your month sounds wonderful! We all need to step away from time to time and satisfy our urgings. Nice to know that you'll be back tho. :) Have a wonderful Spring! Kit

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  19. The things you are interested for are also mine and I'm realy glad to discover this lovely blogspace.
    Regards!

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  20. Thanks for visiting Pinehurst Cottage. I envy your lovely break. You've been very productive. I find taking a break from time to time enables me to regroup. I then am able to focus and prioritize. It's been wonderful... in fact a dream come true to renovate this little cottage. Although...an unexpected job transfer has mixed things up a bit. We'll be relocating very shortly and two of my children are graduating from high school and college this month. Life is never boring! I hope you make it back to Pinehurst soon. Please make it a point to stop by the cottage. I'd love to meet you and show you around. ~Amy

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  21. Now you know what happens to me!!! LOLOL it's GREAT to unplug! I do it more than I probably should :)
    Kristi

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