Yesterday while at work I just kept thinking how much I needed a vacation. But not the tropical island sit on a beach somewhere or travel and have great adventures kind; I've just been craving time off. You know, to just do nothing; not cook, not clean, not take care of someone else (I live with two very needy boys). I've just been tired.
When I got home from work yesterday the two needy boys were both gone. Okay I LOVE my child. I'd rather bring him to any sort of outing or event with me then leave him with someone. Half the time I avoid any sort of venture that would exclude him. I'm just that crazy sort of mother that wants to be with her kid as much as possible. BUT arriving home to an empty house yesterday was the exact sort of "vacation" I'd been craving (this arriving home to them gone thing pretty much never happens). I had no idea how long they'd be gone but I could tell they'd left for a walk since the car was here. I chopped up some of our tomatoes, half an avocado, a clove or garlic and a little onion. Made a fresh bowl of guacamole out of the veggies (or is that mostly fruit?) and got a little bowl tortilla of chips. I sat on the couch with my snack and a book and I just read, in silence! No one wanted me to get up to get them juice. No one interrupted to ask me if I could put a load of his work shirts in the wash. The TV wasn't on in the back ground nor the lovely piano music that plays for two hours each day during little Abe's nap. Just a book, a snack (that I didn't have to share with anyone) and silence. Now that's a vacation!
Today offered an equally lovely moment. I took the country road home from work because there was a lane out on the highway due to construction. This particular highway is heavily traveled and often gets congested without the closed lane. I was not about to drive home in that mess. I hadn't thought however before deciding to take the country road how revitalizing and gorgeous my drive home would be. I drove past several small family farms. There were large tractors clearing fields. There were people tending tables in small road side produce stands. Country life is so inviting, in that these are hard working people who know what needs to be done, they do what needs to be done, and in my mind they live pretty rewarding lives. And despite all the hard work there's a beautiful simplicity that envelopes everything about the country/ those rural areas where farmers live.
I witnessed the first real signs of fall on the back roads drive home as well. I saw a flat trailer loaded up with pumpkins and gourds off all shapes, colors, and sizes. The leaves may not be quite ready to change their hues but a trailer set in front of a barn covered in pumpkins, well that's as autumn as any forest filled with colorful foliage may be. There were these lovely fields as well that were showing their fall colors. The green plants that fill these acres and acres of fields are now a gorgeous yellow with only green at their base. (I have no idea what plant this is but may have to look into it now just for curiosities sake) These yellow fields, surrounded by long grass (I love the long grass of late spring and fall. It seems the road side grassy areas are really only mowed once or twice in the summer allowing for that extra long grass to be all around in the late spring and fall time. I love the way the extra long grass with seed pockets at it's tips dances in the wind and gentle breezes and how the seed pockets sparkle in the sunshine), and lush green trees as far as the eye can see, harvest set alongside back country roads and the occasional pumpkin display made for the most wonderful drive home today.
I may not have any sort of vacation slated anytime in the relatively near future but these moments in time that offer up so much pure simple beauty and loveliness sure do wonders at filling my cup back up. Ahh, my cup overfloweth!
Spending rundown today: $4.78 on lunch for me. $11.42 on lunch for my boys. Yeah today was a bust financially BUT I'm still very reasonably within budget so I'll let this one slide. I really REALLY need to plan out a very strategic shopping trip for tomorrow though. I bought some groceries yesterday but our food situation is in poor shape right now.
My budget for the month is $513.62 which leaves $219.99
Average daily spending for 2015: $18.01