Purple flowers

“Do something each day that makes you feel guilty for wasting your time.” ~ Robert Brault

Why is it that Mondays can be such crazy days?  You’d think, coming in to work fresh off the weekend, that everyone would be ready to dig in, get busy, and start knocking off the to-do list!  Um, yeah…. doesn’t happen where you work either, eh?

Some weeks, too, are just harder or longer than others.  For me, this is one of them.  A colleague needed to switch Sunday shifts with someone, so I volunteered to cover yesterday for him.  It’s also National Library Week, which means a couple of special events as well, one of which is near and dear to my heart and I’m so looking forward to it I can hardly stand it!  Not to be outdone, my husband is working early registration this week, which means we’re at work by 6:45 a.m. instead of our regular 7:55 a.m., even though I don’t get out any earlier.  Teach a couple of classes, launch a major new department project, work my regular 40-hour-per-week duties …. Shazam!  Energy drain!

It’s moments like this when I tend to give in and indulge myself with something special.  A new book that I’ve been dying to read.  A new game to play.  New music, a dinner out, an evening spent doing anything that I want, even if that is simply being quiet.

And flowers.  This spring, for the first time in four years, I will be planting flowers.  Although we stayed in the same building we have lived in for four years now, we swapped locations in August.  The new place, in addition to being quieter and having more space, also has a private porch.  Seriously, it can not be seen without major effort, unlike some of the others which face a public courtyard.  Not ours.  It’s a quiet, hidden refuge.  We enjoyed time on it last fall, but moved in too late to really get anything growing.  But now that Spring is finally…. FINALLY… here, I have the itch to dig in some dirt and make beautiful flowers grow.  It’s just a tad too early, but I bought the planters the other day.  The dirt is next.  Eventually, early May, will come flowers, vegetables, and herbs.  I. Can’t. Wait.  To me, that is my ultimate indulgence.  To putter and dig and plant and weed and water…. and to create beautiful things from it.

How about you?  What kinds of things do you indulge in when the going gets to be a challenge?


[Note: This post is #9 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the lower left of the page for more information.]


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2 responses to “Indulgence

  1. Ha, ha, you must live ‘in the North country’ like I do, if you’re having to wait until May to get out gardening. I find it very physical but rewarding work!! My indulgence would be ‘going out’ to dinner with my husband or ‘doing lunch’ with my sisters!
    I found you with the ‘surprise me’ button. I’m a new follower of yours. I’d love to have you check out my take on the A to Z Challenge, comment and follow, if you’d like.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  2. It *feels* like North country some days, that’s for sure! Like you, for me it’s almost magical to see the plants and flowers come blooming up after waiting and working for them!

    I’m glad you were pleasantly “surprised,” and thanks for your comment! Your pictures on your blog are glorious! I want to live where I can see that barn and garden every day!

    Thanks for stopping by!


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