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April 19, 2016

These are a few of my favorite things @sloanebcollins #PlottingPrincesses #Kittylove #Maine

In this everyday hectic, fast-paced, not-so-nice world, I  need to remind myself to stop and smell the roses.  Not always literally, although I did do it on the way out of work one late night last week.  But find something that gives me happiness and pleasure.  

For instance, every night when I am on the way home from work, I can’t wait to get to the house and open the door to find all four kitties waiting for me.  Of course, I recognize they want their dinner, but I like to think they want to see me, too. J

There’s nothing like kitty snuggles, no matter what time of day it is.  This past Sunday it rained all day long.  I’d planned to spend the day writing, and had just gotten things ready to go, sat down in my recliner, and Moms jumped up on my lap.  She pretty much stayed there all day, snuggled into the blanket.  So I decided to spend quality time with her since we don’t always get it.  Oliver even spent some time on my lap, laying next to his Mummy. 

Something else that just makes my day is when my husband texts me out of the blue.  He’s not a texter by nature, so when he does, I treasure them.  He’ll usually send pictures of the cats, but it still means the world to me.

I had lunch with a friend yesterday, the woman I worked for in Tampa.  She’s the loveliest woman, and we had a great time talking.  Connecting with friends from the past is fun, but it makes it even more special when we pick up right where we left off. 

I love photography, and taking nature photos.  So every vacation we go on, I’m always looking for
that perfect spot for the perfect photograph.  I usually end up with at least one favorite picture from each vacation.  Something to look at later and remind me of what a great trip it was.  And they’re all pretty much great trips, because my husband researches every vacation for months ahead of time, all so we can have the best trips.  One of my favorite days ever was our first trip to Maine.  We set out one morning in the fog to drive all the way to Lubec, the Easternmost town that is the first to see the sunrise.  The fog hung over us the entire day, but it was made the day even more unique.  We ended up at one of the lighthouses, and trekked down the rocky path to the beach – I swear it was like visiting a different planet.  The beach was all rocks, surrounded by more rocks, and while we could hear the waves lapping on the shoreline, we couldn’t see the water.  It was awesome!

Books are a huge part of my life, and I truly savor them.  Love to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea, and lose myself in whatever world the author has created. 

One of the best things, however, is when I have a great writing day, or even an hour.  The words are flowing, and I know just what needs to happen with the storyline and characters.  I really need another one of those…actually another ten of those so I can finish my current work in progress.

How about you?  What do you do to unwind and relax?  Anything unique or out of the norm?


Kathy Ivan said...

Sometimes finding that few minutes or hours to just sit back and do something that rejuvenates your spirit works wonders. It can be as simple as sitting down with my favorite book, or watching a show on television that I've had to put off watching for weeks. And when the words are flowing, being able to get the scenes down on paper (or on the computer screen) can be a special part of my day.

I also love spending time with my friends, going out to lunch or dinner and getting to just sit back and talk. It's so rare for this to happen that when it does, it's a special part of my day.

Lovely post, and give the kitties a pet for me.

Cathy McElhaney said...

It is so hard for me to find time for 'Me'. As I sit here, my Calico kitten, Gracie, is laying on my left arm, so I only have one hand to type! She bites me if I try to put her down! LOL!
I love to read and write, but I bought a stress relieving coloring book and I try to relaxwth that after I get the kids settled!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

I love sitting on a porch and rocking. I love watching a great movie and stitching needlepoint. I love when my family is together and laughing. I love handbags.

Sylvia said...

Ahhh...I love sitting outside on my patio and listening to the birds sing. We have a pair of redbirds and they flutter about, plus all kinds of sparrows and doves. Love to listen to the doves. I also love going to the lake or ocean and just staring at the water. When we come home the dogs always meet us at the door scratching and whining. Then Zeus will sprinkle us in his excitement. That part is not so great, but his puppy kisses are. Great post.