Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Applied Physics, Hartwood Style

According to one of Newton's Laws of Motion, "To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction."  Yesterday for me was a clear demonstration of this theory in real life.  After two weeks or so of almost constant motion, going nonstop from project to project, I hit the proverbial wall and came to a sudden stop.

Day after day, I have weeded, and mulched, and potted, and pruned, and cleaned, and cooked, and painted ... until yesterday.  My body and my mind had had enough, and I spent the whole day doing a whole lot of nothing.

You all understand me well enough to know that my version of 'nothing' isn't really nothing.  No major accomplishments, though.  I cooked and froze a big batch of vegetable hash with zucchini and peppers and onions that were given to us by a friend ... did a crossword puzzle ... read the newspaper and a bunch of blogs and caught up with friends on Facebook ... went to the store to get milk, lunchmeat, and coffee creamer ... and a few other insignificant things that I can't recall right now.

Giving myself permission to be a bum for a day felt really good.  I was pretty energized when I woke up this morning, after taking my mental and physical day off.  The weather is a factor, no doubt, as our heat from the weekend is gone and today was pleasantly warm with a bright blue sky and very low humidity.

I eased back into my routine today, spending a few hours working in the roses, enjoying the sunshine. 

This evening, after dinner of sautéed shrimp and vegetable hash, Ruby and I are spending some quality time on the glider on our back porch ... listening to birds and watching the sun set.

It doesn't get any better than this!


  1. Your day off would be a busy day for me... but I do love good weather and a glider. Now if I just just find one of those!

  2. And I'll bet Ruby was very glad to join you, too!

  3. I can totally relate!! Does the body good to do nothing. Even if your interpretation of doing nothing isn't really doing "nothing" Glad that you and Ruby have had a chance to take it easy, rest up and get re-energized. Enjoy!!

  4. The last photo looks like bliss. And I love how you coordinate your polish with your pajamas.

  5. lol...yeah my do nothing days aren't really do nothing, but sometimes we need to recharge. I'm mentally planning my weekend, which looks to be "a be outside only kind of weather". I sort of feel like a little squirrel, trying to get ready for a bad winter, weeding, canning, making sure the yard is in order, do you feel it to? Have an awesome day!

  6. Aw--Ruby looks very content. I sit and watch my flowers in the afternoon. This week has seen an increase in butterfly activity. Mostly I see Giant Swallowtails--so cool! I have seen a Monarch or two sneaking in as start migrating south.

    Lots of bees and butterflys and birds to watch. It's suppose to be 100 here in north Texas today.

  7. There simply is no time better than porch time. We are need a day just to be and do nothing and to re-energize and think about what it is we want to do next. XOX

  8. Sometimes we simply have to stop. I can go on and on too, but after days of running after another I am always called back and must have a "lazy" day. Lovely sitting on the porch together with Ruby.

  9. Love your blue toenails!

    I think I need a day off myself -- but the critters are having none of it.

    Enjoy your evening.

  10. You are right, Connie . . . it doesn’t. Enjoy your weekend.

  11. Your lazy day sounds
    busier than a lot of other's
    busy day. Glad you got
    to recharge your batteries!!!

    xo Suzanne


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