Saturday, November 10, 2012

I Don't Know How To Do This

I don't know. I'm not sure I'm wired for a life of leisure. Or even a morning of it.
Okay, okay. I'm doing my best.
I slept as late as I could- 7:15- and then I read the paper and I made a breakfast I wouldn't normally eat and I ate it while reading The New Yorker and then I fed the chickens and then I took a bath.
Is this what leisure looks like?

I simply must wash the dogs. And clean out the hen house. And it's so funny because as much as I am already feeling vast guilt about being leisurely, I resent the fact that I need to do those things.

This is why one should GO AWAY in order to enjoy leisure. If you're a "housewife" (and I guess that's what I am), trying to relax at home is like a nurse going to the hospital on her day off to get some sleep. Or something like that.

That's all I have to report at this time.


  1. This is so hard for me to understand Mary. I have no qualms whatsoever about not doing housework and having a messy house, but then I only have me to physically care for. I think much of the thing about keeping a house clean and cooking and always taking care of others is still perpetuated today by women judging each other. It's like we keep having to prove we are good people. Of course I'm only speaking for myself, but my suggestion is hell, enjoy yourself and do what feels good not what feels like duty during this alone time.

  2. Ha! That's true. I don't have the same guilt that you do, but I do get the feelings that while I am doing my own thing around the house, things are piling up and that I'll regret it.

    Good luck. Sounds like you got some good leisure time in... it's a start.

  3. I've always found that it takes at least three days to get into the swing of vacation time, so you're probably right on track, but then,of course, Mr. Moon will be home and that time is lost.

  4. I don't feel guilty about having down time but agree it is easiest done away from home.

  5. Rubye Jack- Well, I think you are right. We, as women, do feel we must prove our worth, especially if we do not work for pay. But I do agree with you. And I am trying.

    Ms. Fleur- Well, the fact of the matter is, things DO pile up. But somehow, they always get done.

    Elizabeth- Mr. Moon won't be home until next weekend but I'll have things I have to attend to by then. So yes, you are right. It does take at least three days.

    Syd- Amen.

  6. Come to St. Augustine and I will teach you.

    It's been four years since I sold the Cafe and I am now a MASTER at relaxation, and most of the time I have NO GUILT AT ALL! I just wonder how I ever did it all before while running a restaurant ~ the house, the yard, the cat, all of it. I feel so busy all the time and I'm technically NOT WORKING!

    Believe me, I can give you lessons and meals are included.

  7. Lulumarie- Can you teach me how to paint, too? Because I know you paint your house every month. I know you do!


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