To completely stop all outside activities and contact (well mostly).
To be unplugged for a while, even on your phone.
To not have to rush around and be frazzled each evening at dinner time.
To laze around in the morning contemplating the day and what it might see you doing - or not, perhaps tomorrow...
To even do nothing!
What a luxury this is and a rainy school holiday break was the perfect time to indulge in such nothing-ness.
But surely I must've done something, right?
Well, ok then, I admit, I have. It's hard for me to do absolutely nothing..something is always ticking away, even if it's just my overactive brain scheming up new hair-brained schemes while pretending to do (mostly) nothing...
I watched the garlic grow..
..and get rained on, dry out marginally only to be rained on again, repeat x 20 and this was my week.
I jointed a chicken!(especially Wendy's), from stock making and the slow living monthly update.
Sturdy kitchen scissors did the trick and I was really pleased to obtain six neat pieces from the bird, which were then marinated in lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and rosemary and then baked for around an hour. A really easy dinner with rice and vegetables alongside. There was plenty of lemony/rosemary sauce at the end of baking to drizzle over the rice which was nice. The leftover bones were of course frozen for stock making (which happens to be simmering right at this moment as it turns out).
Op shop visits did take place..
I also encouraged my middle one take her wares to a local garden gift shop. Her origami tulips are just the sweetest things and seeing them in our home adds cheer to my day - no end! I wanted to share the good feeling around. Having her walk away with her very first contact, their business card and a little bit of pocket money in her purse was a bonus that brought a smile to her face like you wouldn't believe.
Throw in an exciting new project (details soon, I promise!), a monster yarn de-stash, re-visiting Little House on the Prairie and celebrating my brother's 40th it was a perfect winter break.
How have you been keeping?