carving out time


I took advantage of a wonderfully unscheduled day yesterday and carved out a little time for me.  Other than running my grandson to school in the morning, my car never left the drive way.

One cup of coffee turned into two and then three.

My quiet time grew from 15 minutes of reflection to nearly an hour with reference books cracked and even a little study in Greek.

I chopped the vegetables for dinner and remembered to put the meat in the marinade nice and early.  And I made a batch of homemade salsa which I'll share with you next week.

The side patio, which is the main entrance for family and friends, finally got a good cleaning and the kitchen herb pots got trimmed back, weeded and semi-prepped for a new planting next week.

I even managed to spend a couple of hours in my craft studio doing a little busy work for my upcoming workshop and I cut out a few hearts...actually lots and lots of hearts.  After dinner I sat and strung some of them into this pretty Valentine inspired garland.

All my favorite colors hanging side by side to cheer up my post holiday mantel.  I love the randomness of the shapes and the willy nilly color scheme, don't you?

It felt so good to be both productive and filled with joy over what my life is becoming.

Happy Friday!

xo, Patty


  1. It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you stay home. I had one of those days yesterday too. Love your little valentine garland. So simple and sweet.

  2. good to see that you had time to yourself. Isn't it awesome to just be at home? I sure think so.
    I get a lot done when I stay off of my computer, too.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the garland!

  3. That sounds like a wonderful day to me!

  4. Time for yourself is essential, especially relaxed time, or you lose your mojo. It sounds like a pretty fabulous day to me!♥

  5. Patty, Love the banner. Don't you like being ahead of the game a bit. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  6. Hi Patty, sounds like a perfect day. Love your mantel and your little garland.
    Keep Smiling,
    Connie :)

  7. Love the hearts and your cheerful mantel!

  8. Love the mantel and that heart garland is so cute.

  9. I loved this post and the reminder to slow down and take time to enjoy the smallest of things. Your heart banner is adorable!

  10. I love this! I think it's just what my front window needs for valentines day!

  11. Patty,
    I adore your heart garland, dear friend!!!
    So~o~o glad you'carved a bit of time' for yourself.
    I l o v e housekeeping, especially in retirement, where one can linger along the way!!!
    Thank you for a gentle reminder to enjoy our homes!!!


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