Monday, July 27, 2009

WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE REWARDED FOR HARD WORK, RIGHT?

On Sunday morning, the sun was shining here in NS, and I had my plans already laid out. We haven't gotten much sunshine this month, so I wanted to take advantage of the day.

While still in my nightie, I prepared a lovely dinner for later in the day -- pasta w/ chickpea salad in an orange poppy seed dressing, a potato/egg salad, and strawberry mousse. Then I changed into what I call my "Egad! You'll never get a man looking like that!" clothes. I went upstairs and put another bead of caulking around the bathtub. Then I took a night table and a full length mirror out to the back deck and primed them. Then I dragged my TV/bookcase stand from my bedroom into the spare room and painted it with oil based paint. (Blue to match my bedroom walls. I like my bookcases to blend in and sort-of become part of the walls. And I dragged it to the spare room because it was calling for rain Monday and, of course, oil paint needs lots of time to dry and cure.) Then I cleaned myself up and picked up my daughter from work. Then I put my icky clothes back on and put a coat of white on the night table and mirror. Then I once again cleaned myself up, put on some comfy clothes and did what I'd been wanting to do all summer ............

I filled a tumbler with ice, poured in an ounce of Tanquery gin, cut a generous slice of lemon, and topped it all off with lots of tonic water. I grabbed my hat and my book and spent a couple of hours here. I even fell asleep for a little while with my hat over my face.

When I was awake, and when I took my eyes off my book to take a drink; I would sit and savor the wonderful blend of flavors, the bird song, and how good my body felt resting this way. This was my view.

Ain't life grand!!

11 comments:

Teena in Toronto said...

Sounds awesome!

I've gotten back into gin and Sprite lately ... very refreshing.

Laura said...

You just described a perfect day!

Life is grand-

Laura

Anita said...

Sounds like a productive and restful mix-of-a-day. A lovely view to gaze at indeed!

Marie said...

What a great looking garden you have and it sounds like a perfectly peaceful and restful day to me. The perfect reward for hard work in my opinion!

Wanda said...

Like a tropical paradise for you...
We almost have the same setting to relax in...swing, fern, gravel, flowers, bird house,etc. Like you, the rain keeps me out of it more than I would like.

Because of your post, today will find me there reading Julie Zickefoose's nature book "Letters from Eden"...

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You really did deserve a treat like that after all your work. Rewarding yourself for a job well done is so important! Your view is wonderful there.

Susan said...

Wow, I had a lot of catching up to do! You have been BUSY! I'll make it brief: beautiful flowers! love the Frenchie's finds!(I want to go there! that tray is fabulous!), the garden looks terrif! and your vacation sounds wonderful!

And I'll have one of those lovely gin and tonics (my fave mixed drink), but with a little lime, please!

I giggled over the image of you painting the full-length mirror in your EGAD clothes! :)

Darla said...

You rewarded yourself quite nicely!!!

Chuck Dilmore said...

well deserved!

you took beauty
and turned it up a notch!

lovely~
Chuck

Aly Beth said...

I know that since I have no backyard to speak of, I am jealous of everyone's outdoor space, but your backyard is zen and beautiful, and you are truly fortunate!

Deb said...

Sounds like the perfect reward for all the hard work you did! :-) pasta with chick pea salad in orange poppy seed dressing sounds delicous!