Sunday, May 22, 2011

In our Fort

This was to be our first May long weekend in our very first home, and I approached it with great aspirations of domesticity. We will garden! We will fix the gate! We will bake bread! We will seed the grass!
I think we've struck a beautiful balance between crossing items off a list and stopping to smell the roses.
Yesterday was a beautiful, warm, sunny, Yukon Saturday. We woke up, ate our cinnamon-blueberry waffles and hit the ground running. We picked up flowers, shrubs, bushes, some vines, some potting soil and some gravel, and headed home with our loot. I couldn't wait to get into a tank top!, shorts!, and sandals!, for the first time this season. I set up shop in front of my empty brown garden plot and Abby swiftly ran off with my gardening gloves. (It turns out, they make for great 'running-away-and-playing-on-the-neighbour's-swing set' gloves).
With the gardening now complete, I felt supremely accomplished and satisfied. From my front window, I am now treated to an array of colours, leaf textures, and the promise of more buds to come.
I got in a good hike with my faithful retriever, and finished the day a carpe diem-rocking exhausted, the kind where you fall asleep before your head hits the pillow.
Today we had plans to head out of town with some friends, but the weather told us instead to stay home:

We made today a family day! We got a movie, picked up supplies at Wal-Mart, chose delectable-looking produce at the grocery store and treated ourselves to lunch at a new cafe in town. We're now home, hunkered down, ready to hibernate with each other. That means baking bread so the house smells like home, and so our bread needs for the week are met. It means making forts and laughing in them until someone farts and we all run out. It means sipping tea while lazily flipping through a new cookbook, inspiring myself to integrate more fruits and veggies onto our plates.
I love family days. Rapture or Armageddon or the end of the world, I would happily spend the rest of my days or my last day spent exactly like this.

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