Under the Weather but Appreciating the Quiet

By
Home Stager with Transition Stage LLC

Well, I thought I'd managed to miss out on Herb's cold, but I should have known better. It's been a couple of bad days, down for the count. Going through boxes of tissues and vats of tea and chicken soup.

Yet, there's something kind of wonderful about being able to stop out for a couple of days. Pull up the covers, doze off on the couch, read mystery novels, and rest a bit. This morning, I sat in the kitchen, which gets the morning sun, and I enjoyed the silvery look of the frost-edged grass. As the sun warmed the air, the lawn got greener and greener until all the frost had turned to water, making the grass sparkle in that lovely morning sun.

I made an entire fat round teapot full of Lady Grey tea for myself, which I drank with some honey mixed in to soothe my throat. And, for the first Sunday in quite a while, I relaxed with the Sunday New York Times - the design magazine, to be precise. Herb had gone out to have breakfast with his daughter and her family, and I had the whole quiet place to myself.

 

Tea for One

 

I read the design section cover to cover, stopping to thoroughly enjoy the many interesting and wonderful photos. And, at the end, I sighed with great satisfaction - and a little regret that it was done.

This, for me, is what "recreation" is all about. It is literally the act of re-creating myself, my mood, my balance, my well of inspiration. I give thanks for such a delightful morning. Warmed by the morning sun, drinking delicious tea, and expanding my mind with the experiences and images offered by such talented people.

I give thanks for the ability to let my mind roam where it will. Pondering the amazing talents of people in the paper. Thinking about how the magazine was conceived and then pulled together: words, images, emotions. Feeling a sense of wonder at how little marks on paper have the power to convey ideas, emotions, perspectives that in so many ways are at once universal and yet unique.

And I give thanks that there is inspiration in the world that helps me see things in a new light, while at the same time underlining the many blessings there are in my life.

Happy Sunday to all.

Comments (26)

Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Kathy - It's so true! Just having a bit of down time really makes me understand how I run around like a crazy person most of the time. R&R feels GOOD!

Nov 06, 2011 11:58 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Emilie - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Sometimes our bodies know best what we need.

Nov 06, 2011 11:59 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Barbara - Thank you! I'm feeling quite a bit better now. Monday is coming waay too soon, though!  ;-)

Nov 06, 2011 12:00 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi VB - It sounds like you're working toward a great goal! Stay healthy and enjoy whenever you can. Thanks for your good wishes.

Nov 06, 2011 12:01 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Judith - Thanks very much! I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Nov 06, 2011 12:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Judy- hope you're feeling better.  I had something similar a few weeks ago and had loads of soup and tea. Pamper yourself!

Nov 06, 2011 12:06 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Kathy - Thank you!  Little by little I'm getting better. Good thing I like chicken soup and hot tea!

Nov 06, 2011 12:24 PM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Judy - That tea sounds wonderful.  I've heard of Earl Grey tea, but not Lady Grey tea.  I'll have to get some, just in case.  I like the way you made the best of a bad situation and found small comforts.  I hope you feel better soon.

Nov 06, 2011 12:34 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Judy,

Hope tomorrow you are feeling better but glad you could relax and recoup on your own today :).

Nov 06, 2011 01:05 PM
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Judy,

Taking time to recover is a good thing, but if you want to speed up the process, use a few drops of oil of oregano in water, juice or yogurt, twice a day..... it is our life elixer....

Nov 06, 2011 02:00 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Gail - Lady Grey is a slightly more scented tea. I love earl Grey - Lady Grey is a variation on that. I think you'll enjoy it.

Nov 06, 2011 02:02 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Dorie - Thanks very much. Fingers crossed, I'll be a lot better tomorrow.

Nov 06, 2011 02:03 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Peter & Linda - Thanks for that tip - I've never heard of oil of oregano before. I'll make sure to try it.

Nov 06, 2011 02:04 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Valerie - That sounds about right. I tried my best to fend off Herb's "man cold" but it got me anyway. Isn't Lady Grey tea just perfect? Glad to have something ELSE in common with you!

Nov 06, 2011 10:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Judy -- hope you are feeling better and enjoying the crisp Connecticut weather.   

Nov 07, 2011 02:17 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

What a lovely post.  I'm sorry you are not feeling well but I so understand the quiet morning and the luxury of doing whatever enters my mind.  I love days like that.  That's why I love the North East, the joy of snow days.

Nov 07, 2011 06:36 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Michael - Thank you! I am enjoying the weather, and also the very belated color change - the leaves are finally getting pretty now.

Nov 08, 2011 11:00 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Liz - Thanks! I'm starting to feel better now. I agree with you about snow days - that hush is just perfect for taking a little time off to enjoy some tea, some reading, some napping...

Nov 08, 2011 11:01 PM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Judy, it was so nice to see you posting again.  Take care, dear....and a shot of brandy with that tea and honey will help you sleep.

Nov 11, 2011 10:52 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Suzanne - Thank you! And you're right about that sleep aid...  ;-)

Nov 12, 2011 03:12 PM

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