Morning Salutations


What a storm we had last night.  Thankfully we kept our electricity and nothing was damaged on the property.  I continue to only value my electricity when it is threatened.  Funny how I'm like that.  This morning I brought my camera outside to capture the beauty before the day starts, soaking in the quietness.  My gram was an early riser and I like to think I take after her.  My mom was not and we knew not to talk until she put her eyeglasses on AND had her first cup of coffee.


It's been quiet around here, but a nice kind of quiet.  The house is empty and yet we hear from the kids frequently.  It's nice to know they are fine and having a good time.  My nest might be empty of children but my heart is full and that is what matters.  My husband and I have been exploring towns, farmer markets and new recipes.  We even harvested our first lettuce!  All that washing makes me appreciate the price of organic lettuce at the store.  We did not plant enough either.


I will be visiting my sister in a few months.  We usually go all over the greater Pittsburgh area-shopping and never stopping.  On our last phone call, I posed a new idea.  I thought it would be fun to stay at her house for the day and well, have a "retreat" of sorts.  We would start the retreat with a walk and some yoga. There will be knitting and fresh healthy food because she is a fantastic cook.  I thought maybe some sketching and photography.  But what else?


If you were to design your own stay at home retreat, what activities would you include?  I look forward to reading your ideas!

Have a lovely weekend :)

Comments

  1. I'd include a little self pampering, pedicure/manicure and quiet time at the end of the day to read or chat and/or have a refreshing drink on the patio.

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  2. I love hearing about your empty nest stage. I always hoped it would be like that. A nice balance between empty home but full heart. It is a long way (that I am sure will fly by) but I do think about it sometimes. My brother is only a few years away from it. We just talked about it when I saw him recently.

    Lots of making would be in order, some canning too would be nice. Fun relaxing things that would keep on giving and reminding me of the time.
    I think your idea is a great one!

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  3. There would definitely be some knitting and/or sewing and healthy snacks to eat.

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  4. Love your perspective of an empty nest but a full heart. My time would also include a few magazines. Before kiddos I would get together with a dear friend. We would cook, read magazines and sometimes nap. Silly to say, but it was so nice.

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  5. I would love a day in as you described. I would include knitting/spinning and as odd as this sounds...a kitchen project of some sort. Bread making, canning something....something wonderful to take home and remind me of the day.

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  6. Thank you for leaving such an encouraging comment on my blog. :) My stay at home retreat would involve having MY sister, who lives on the other side of the country, come visit. Talking, wine, knitting (for me), walking, and at least one meal out would be on our schedule...

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  7. Sounds like you are living life to the fullest! My at home retreat might include a great movie.

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  8. I like your idea of a "retreat kind of day". Mine would include a nice long breakfast, a long walk, definitely some knitting, but mainly just a focus on each other, chatting and catching up - probably over a glass of wine. :-)

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  9. Great photos! Time with DH, some reading and knitting would be a good retreat IMHO. Enjoy yours!

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  10. What a lovely idea! There would have to be a long walk for me, and lots of knitting time. And probably a movie night.

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  11. Beautiful perspective of your empty nest.

    There would be knitting, reading, a walk, tea, and time to just be.

    Happy weekend.

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  12. I like the ideas you have out there. I would add in maybe a foot soak, porch knitting or a baking project if not too hot. Frozen grapes outside, definitely.

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  13. Oh Karen, what lovely images! Ooohhh...my stay-at-home retreat would include:

    Yoga, meditation, knitting (!), reading, writing letters, writing in a journal, cups of tea, yummy healthy food...maybe some baking, too?

    Have a beautiful weekend :)

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  14. definitely some reading and maybe a bit of napping too!

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  15. Knitting, reading, eating great food, walks and sunshine!! Enjoy yourself.

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  16. So lovely, empty nest but full heart. Beautifully put! And a sisters retreat sounds great! Love all of the ideas put forth so far, too. For my sisters and I the time would involve a lot of catching up and visiting. Away from all of the day to day distractions :)

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  17. So far, your retreat day sounds just perfect... I might throw an afternoon tea in just for fun. And a glass of wine to wind down the day. ;) Enjoy!! blessings ~ tanna

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  18. Your retreat sounds amazing as-is! I love some of the other comments that mention breakfast (brunch?) and afternoon tea. So fun. I'm glad you didn't have any damage after the storm - they can be so scary! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. stay at home retreat sounds wonderful.....some zany new nail color, a glass of wine, knitting (of course) and some chick flick?? how fun!!! (did your sister mention anything about the bridge that is supposed to be yarn bombed sometime...I think this summer??? or is that a crazy rumor? Please take a picture!!!)!

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  20. This is such a wonderful idea! I love the DIY retreat. Well, certainly there should be time for knitting and tea, and for reading. And then maybe trying something totally new, like painting or jewelry making:) Totally inspired by this idea! I have suggested to my mom that come out to visit me so we can have a creativity camp. Gorgeous lilies, by the way!

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