rain and if only…

Sunday it rained all day long…which was a very good thing since here in the Washington DC area, we have been running a rainfall deficit of at least 5.5 inches. Yesterday  least .5 of an inch of that deficit was made up. So, what does one do on a rainy Sunday? Perhaps the question should be: what doesn’t one do?

7:20 am:  I slept in (normally I’m up between 5:30 am – 6:00 am, 7 days a week)  and greeted the day with my very favorite morning activity: Morning Solitude and Quiet Time (that I’ve dubbed MSQT).  A cup of hot tea, a half glass of orange juice, a tall glass of ice water, a few assorted books and/or magazines to read, along with a few select blogs, and my journal. For several plus hours I just basked in the extra peace and quiet of  Sunday morning.

10:00 am – 12:30 pm: In this house, we normally watch the Sunday morning political talk shows and yesterday was no different, except, my sister was in town – she lives in Miami – and she came by for a quick visit on her way to New Jersey. We had a somewhat decadent  breakfast/brunch: bacon, omelette, steak fries and raspberry coffee cake, all very good.

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm:  Several years ago, my favorite VAs – virtual assistants Laura and Antonette   -introduced me to a game that they call If Only I had an Hour… and it works like this: at the beginning of a designated time, participants call into a central number and share with each other, plans for a project or to-do-list items that will be tackled in the next hour. After everyone has shared, we each go off on our industrious ways and  for the next hour (that we’ve given ourselves) we do! At the end of the hour, we all gather by phone, report our progress and share plans for the next hour. And this is the way the game is played over the span of 4 -5 hours. Very inspiring and it is amazing what one can and does accomplish in an hour!

Ever since I’ve been retired, I’ve played this game with my friend Pat (and sometimes  alone when a I’ve needed to jumpstart myself). Usually, we work on a  fun knitting or quilting project that we’re both doing. We have found that playing If/Only goes along way towards doing (as in finishing) the project. Yesterday, we each made significant progress on block we’re each knitting for what will eventually be a sixteen-block knitted afghan – we’re almost 1/4 of the way finished!

And to celebrate , I ended our game with a glass of wine… Also, throughout the afternoon, since I was knitting at the dining room table, I also watched at least 3 TV movies…I think that’s some sort of record for me in one day! But wait, there’s more…

5:30 pm – 11:30 pm: Dinner was light, beef veggie soup. Watched the Washington Capitals lose to the Boston Bruins in sudden-death OT. Not a hockey fan but, …and then more TV movies and dozed off and on, until I went to bed.

Yesterday was Earth Day, when we take extra time to think about how we can and must take actual actions that sustain and renew this planet, our home. Mother  Nature blessed us with nearly, if not more, a half-inch of sorely needed rain. Coming on a Sunday, this was a great opportunity to relax and chill. I used the day doing just that: enjoying a longer than normal MSQT and  making some progress without any pressure on a knitting project. Rain on!


This entry was written by Honoré and published on April 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm. It’s filed under Earth Day, Honoré, Self Care. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “rain and if only…

  1. Hola Honoré ~ Good for you carrying on with If Only game! Totally forgot it was Earth Day made my prayers of gratitiude as soon as I read your post. Will plant a tree this weekend…have lemon and lime to go into garden. Loved our rainy day connections. Vugs!

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