What better to talk about on a MONday than … the WEEKEND! so it was with interest that I opened the Houzz article, 10 Steps to a Happier Weekend, by Laura Gaskill.
I must confess, I LOVE my home. Not per se where it is; not super far away: highway, airport, train (you get the idea), but the physical space around me: masterfully-plastered ceiling in the living room, flagged by warm pine on the walls. A picture window, flanked by two more windows that just invite-in the welcome winter sunshine, and a lovely (but under-utilized) fireplace. One bedroom is a dazzling sprightly yellow; the other a comforting water-blue. Hardwood floors, and warm-under-foot area rugs creates a pleasing environment.
My favorite weekend – like the one just past – I’ll mention as I outline the GREAT IDEAS that Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill gives us. Let’s countdown with her, and see how many ideas we can incorporate this coming weekend!
- Kick Off the Weekend Right – “amen!” to putting away the work week on Friday nights.
- Indulge on Saturday Morning – mornings are my favorite. The sun streaming in the big window helps; a comfy chair beside the window; a pile of books and a cuppa tea beside the chair. Nirvana! This weekend was spent reading. A fascinating historical “mystery” about lost and found manuscripts; I couldn’t put the book down till I finished it Sunday night.
- Save Up Saturday Treats – this rather goes back to No. 2: indulge – croissants, a favorite tea, a bouquet of flowers.
- Schedule Serenity – give yourself a “break”. At my house, the radio plays all day – classical in the a.m., and opera in the p.m. Rather like travelling, but without having to leave my armchair.
- Set a Work-Home Boundary – Disconnect, or, if you must, choose “pockets of time” to do what can’t be left.
- Pick a Weekend High Point – this could be a home project, or maybe just dinner and a movie!
- Cook a Double Dinner - this one had me puzzled, until I read the commentary: in short, cook enough so you have left overs! Consider, also, cooking enough for an elderly relative, friend, or neighbor. A co-worker snowblowed for his snowed-in neighbor, a dear friend of mine, this past weekend. That was really nice to hear!
- Go thru a Sunday Evening Check List – nothing worst than “preparing” for the week ahead at the last possible minute. Stressful! Laura gives us a short list of things to “hit” before Sunday ends.
- Create (weekend) Closure – “Let yourself off the hook for ANYTHING that didn’t get done.”
- Set a Positive Intention for the week ahead – mine this week is looking over that pile of books (or maybe there’ll be something new in tomorrow’s mail). Happy President’s Day for those lucky enough to have a three-day weekend this week!
taking a long & relaxing bath is easy, when you’ve this tub and wicker display