“My life is joyously balanced with work and play.” — Louise Hay
Yesterday was just one of those days that was just too beautiful to stay inside. We ate lunch on the porch, then reluctantly went back inside to get back to work. On my walk up the hill to get the mail I took a little detour by the lake stopping at the children’s playground to sit on one of the swings. Then I gave a little push off and before I knew it I was “pumping” my legs, going higher and higher. I imagined I was a bird, flying through the air.
Finally, reluctantly, I came back to earth and began the trek up the hill. After I got the mail I kept going around the loop at the top of the hill and passed the mailboxes again. It was just too nice to be inside so I kept walking. Then I saw one of my neighbors sitting on a bench and joined her for conversation beginning with it was just too nice to be inside. People drove by and talked to us, asking her if she was going to Bingo. No, it was just too nice to be inside. Finally a workman came to talk to her about a project she wanted done, so I headed back down the hill.
Bob was out on the porch with an empty popcorn bowl. I went in a popped myself some corn and joined him. After all it was just too nice to be inside. We did eventually go back in and get back to work, but were outside again for supper. It started to turn off cold so I went inside and eventually Bob joined me when it was getting ready to rain. I sat in my studio watching it rain, remembering what a nice day it had been.
Now I know you’re thinking, but you’re retired, it must be nice to be able to do that. We do still work, but we don’t punch a time clock anymore so we do have the flexibility in our schedules to just enjoy the weather from time to time. But no matter what your work or financial situation is, I hope you are able to take a moment to take a good deep breath of fresh air. Notice the flowers blooming. Listen to the birds singing and children playing. Maybe get outside and play a little yourself. Don’t let yourself get so busy planning and working for the future that you miss the wonderful, simple, here and now moments that bring such joy to our lives.
Bob and I have been working very hard. I have been exhausted and in desperate need of some playtime. So… I decided to do something with the tree stump outside our back door. When we first moved here, it was a tree by our back door. A dead tree. A dead tree that liked to drop big branches on the roof, scaring the living daylights out of us. Finally, last year the tree was removed, but we were left with a sizeable stump.
I am still very much a little girl at heart and quite intrigued with the whole idea of faeries. I made a faerie art quilt several years ago and loved it when faerie houses started showing up in our favorite park when we lived in Omaha. It took awhile to give up the very adult notion that turning that old stump into a faerie house would be a total waste of time, but I finally decided to go for it. The faerie house/garden project is ongoing. Since I had no real plan or idea where I was going when I started, it is evolving on it’s own. I add little bits here and there when inspiration hits.
There is a little extra challenge here. I love creative challenges and often set them for myself just to stretch a bit. I am trying to do this without spending money — which means I get to dust off my general craft skills. It also means that when a fabric/craft store sends me a sale flier full of faerie garden stuff I shouldn’t look. 😉
I don’t think I’m the only little girl whose heart still dreams of faeries. Female friends, neighbors and relatives are contributing ideas, plants, a faerie here and there and a giggle or two. After all we’ll always be girls at heart.
What does playtime mean to you? What do you do for fun? Do you think you’ll ever really grow up?
“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ― Alan W. Watts
“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.” — Henry Van Dyke
“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” — Leo F. Buscaglia