Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Day Off

My weekends begin on Sundays, and I like to pretend that the fact that I get Mondays off while most other people head back to work, means my weekends are extra long. Sometimes it feels that way. Other times forty-eight hours feel like twenty-four.

Today was such a pleasant day off that I wanted to share snapshots of a bit of all I enjoyed. Simply having the leisure of pulling out my camera to freeze a moment kept a lightness within me.

The light of sunshine poured through the windows of our home as I pushed up screened opening to let in the declaration of summer.


Radishes on buttered bread with fleur de sel are my favorite summertime snack. I made them into lunch with the addition of this simple dish, subbing in fresh fava beans and mint from the pot on our front steps.


I just love the little details of this home. Especially the fresh flowers that rotate in each week from my roomie's parents' garden.





And then there's the joy of having an art corner of my own with easel and palette and tubes of paint to squeeze and smear. To have a spare room that is beautifully sunlit and accommodates my excessive art supplies is not something I take for granted. (Though, I was thinking, it would be nice if a mat cutting room came with it too...)


I had time to enjoy all these things as well as take a long walk along the gravel trails of a nearby park with towering, fully-green trees shading my way. There are so many cute old houses around here to keep me fascinated on exploratory walks through the neighborhood. And I love that two great grocery stores are just a jaunt away.

I was able to revel in all these things today and am now ending the day as the last orange light of the sun slips behind silhouetted evergreens beyond my living room window. Old favorites, Glen and Mar, softly sing through my speakers. Buttons on jeans hit the metal dryer walls. It won't be too late of a night, and I'll wake up rested for my early morning run tomorrow.

Even though life's current rhythm doesn't accommodate this blog very often, I appreciate you still hanging on and meeting me here now and then. Till the next mood strikes, the next recipe inspires, or the next painting completes itself (I'll definitely have something to share in that regard in a few weeks!)...


elise kristen said...

yay! i've been missing your writing. love the photos about the house. it's a joy to be able to share and create in this place together!

Rachael said...

And you & Elise were the beauty in my day today too!

Mary said...

these photos are amazing and make me feel like I am on vacation...

Nancy said...

I love your suggestion of radishes on buttered bread with fleur de sel.

Keep painting.

Keep writing!

HomemadeMother said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful home!

Shan. said...

Thought will visit your blog..its been a long time - guess i stopped reading soon after you went for your intership. Nice writings and beautiful pics as usual!

Pogoryanskaya N. said...

beatiful shots)

reub-envision said...

the red flower pic in the crystal looking vase is my fave

reub-envision said...

i have linked back the photo (apologies)
I am bad with the linking bit
Merry Christmas to you as well