When we built this house, I had romantic visions of spending a lot of time on this back porch, but in reality, I've spent very little time here. Truth is, it faces west, so late afternoons are generally hot as blue blazes, and then, there are the annoying lake bugs (some kind of gnatty things that descend upon us in swarms many evenings), and of course, in summer, it's so hot and humid that you just want to run back in to the air conditioned living room about 25 seconds after you step out the back door -- if you step out the back door. But, Sunday was the most lovely mild day here - high temp around 71, low humidity, no bugs -- it was wonderful. So, I gathered up my tea and sewing and spent a very lovely couple of hours out on the porch listening to the Van Morrison station on Pandora (thanks for the suggestion Jess!) and just thoroughly enjoying the slow afternoon -- where I was joined by a curious kitty . . .
or two ;) . . .
as I thumbed through embroidery books, dreamed about new projects, and admired the newly planted agapanthus.
I noticed there seemed to be a pink and green color theme to the day . . .
and I finished the second of my embroidered pillowcases --- well, at least the monogram part (pattern found in this lovely book).
Something in recent years seems to be calling me to a simpler life. Do you feel that too? Maybe it's my age, or maybe it's the 'medical condition' telling me to slow down and simplify. I don't know, but I seem to feel a longing for a different life -- one less cluttered with the complications of our modern world.
I've read recently about some folks choosing one day of the week to unplug --- just one day - maybe Sunday. Could we do it? I don't know. That would mean no golf channel for Mr. FC, no Masterpiece Theater for me ;). Oh well, it's all in the balance I suppose, isn't it? And I'll continue to try to find it. So, maybe now is a good time to step away from the computer, you think?
Wishing you slower days and simpler lives and lovely cool days on your back porch,
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