Monday, July 1, 2013

lazy days of summer...

the last summer i had off was in the seventies,
probably 1972.
so this first summer of retirement,
i want to soak it all in, every single bit of it.
 i hope to read a lot,
garden if i feel like it,
ride my red bike,
see some sunrises and sunsets,
eat ice cream twists,
spend time with family and friends,
putz until i don't feel like putzing anymore,
walk in the rain,
paint some pictures,
shoot some pictures,
and stop doing any or all of the above when i want to stop...
i want this summer to teach me the lesson of relaxation.
i want to let go of the pile of projects
and let go of the to-do list on the chalkboard in the kitchen.
i am thinking i might even play with recipes (what???),
feed myself a meal i made
and drink some wine instead of beer :)
or maybe no. 
not committing just yet...
 i am going to revisit some old memories
and make some new ones...
i will think back to the summers when i knew how to relax
and follow the lead of the child that i was...
i want to embrace every bit of it - the rain, the heat,
the flowers, the friends, the travel, the food,
the fun :)
and at the end of it all,
i want to remember the little moments.
i want the gift of noticing
the little things
and reveling in the ordinary lazy days of summer
to grow into 
the big things...
soft peace in my soul
big love in my heart


  1. I've been enjoying my early retirement (a ten year older husband has its benefits LOL) for two years and never regret that I took that decision.

    I love this post and your photography is stunning!

    1. thank you!
      early retirement is more than i had hoped for and i hope that a lazy summer solidifies that feeling :)
      enjoy yours, and again, thank you barbara!

  2. These are beautiful images! We also benefit from your first summer off! Thanks for sharing and enjoy!