I don't want to get ahead of myself here, but there have been so many small pleasures to choose from since I started this post! I am almost to the point where I need to start a list; not only so I remember what to choose from, but just to see how many things that brought me pleasure in a weeks time and how grateful I am for the small things in life.
This week, I was going to back track and post of something from a few weeks ago - but then my husband and I spent between two and three hours on our deck on Saturday, and that just blew everything else out of the water.
It all started yesterday morning when I de-pollinated the deck and washed everything off... I'd like to think in doing so I set the stage for the rest of the day. Boo & Bubbah were at an overnight with their grandparents, so B and I had some time to ourselves. We have been sooooooooooooo busy lately with baseball and football and art classes and softball and yoga and, well, life in general, that we decided to decompress and just chill once it was just him and I.
So, we came home from dropping the kiddos, and sat on the deck. It was gorgeous out - just the right temperature with a bright sun in the sky. We moved into our house last August, and while we've had some time on the deck over the past 10+ months, we never really got a chance to just SIT for an extended period of time and luxuriate in the quiet that our neighborhood and deck provide. We're at ground level in the front of the house, but two stories up in the back, so we're at eye level with some trees, while other ones still tower over us ... it's like a tree house with a garden; I love it.
It felt good to decide on our time (not kid-time) to get ready for dinner, and then meet back on the deck to relax some more.
After dinner, (and dessert at Four Seas Ice Cream, yum!), we pulled into the driveway and decided to light candles and sit out on the deck... again. Loved it.
And while the picture above really isn't my finest or do the deck any justice, we were virtually unplugged from our phones and devices while out there enjoying what nature had to offer, and the company of each other. I actually snapped a few pictures, and the second my phone alerted me to having a new email, I promptly tossed it inside and forgot about it.
Ironically, my mom sent me a beautiful picture text this morning with a quote from Anne Lamott, saying, "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes ... including you." What a beautiful reminder to keep the feeling of 'checking out' of our phones going ... and we had breakfast this morning guess where...?
It was my goal to snap a 'daytime' picture to add to this, but I think the candle lit version with the seltzer filled wine glass and two chairs speaks more than a daytime picture would, don't you?
I hope you found a little pleasure yourself over the past seven days, and would love to hear about it, too!
Until next time... Love, Happiness & Coffee
~ Heather ~