I've been enjoying warm afternoons working out in the yard. Yesterday I planted four azalea bushes and moved my hydrangea plant from the back to the front yard. Tomorrow, I'll be weeding the flower beds one last time. I must enjoy these Indian Summer days while they last.
But as the weather turns cold, my time will be spent indoors. I will dream and plan for Spring's return. There is much to do around our little homestead. I want to try container gardening this year since our soil is so poor, install a clothesline, plant more flowers, repaint my swing.
I'll spend more time preparing comfort foods, baking, stitching, and doing work indoors. As a family we'll watch movies, both inspirational and holiday specials, read uplifting books, listen to music, have conversations on all sorts of things.
After being inspired by Mia, I am thinking of how nice it would be to eat outdoors occasionally come Spring time and use lanterns in the evenings instead of electricity. I would also like to have company over for dinner more often and be able to welcome people into my home without hesitation - not because our home is perfectly, we do live here! - but because our home is peaceful, welcoming, cozy and full of charm.
I imagine that my dream of a simple life is rather unique these days (no one I know seems to seek simplicity...I have found kindred spirits online, of course!). I don't mind swimming against the tide, for I want a slower, gentler life for me and my family.
A simple life has the potential to be rich in the things that really matter: love, joy, peace, contentment, purpose, and satisfaction. When one clears away the excess then life may be fully lived - to the full, overflowing in an adundance of treasured moments and memories, experiences, and enjoyable past-times.
While the idea of simplicity appears to be an oxymoron (the simple life isn't necessarily easy), the hard work boosts your self-confidence because you know how to do things yourself, you sleep better at night, and the work is satisfying and good for you.
Becoming more attuned with nature is like discovering a secret mystery. There are things to look forward to with each passing season. One pays more attention to the weather cycles. The wildlife whispers its wisdom. Oh, the riches it has to offer us!