The Easter weekend is over and so is my time of relaxation. During these past four days, I took some time out for myself and recharged my batteries a little. I spent time with an old friend, lingered over dinner with my family, and did a fair amount of reading.
This year I did not buy Easter eggs and bunnies for my family. While looking at what was on offer in the supermarket, I decided instead to buy each member at home a small bag of Lindt ball chocolates. The smooth texture of the hazelnut filling is so much better that the sugary sweetness of most commercial Easter chocolate. My husband loved the idea and will enjoy the treats with his tea after supper in the evenings.
The long weekend, the stories I read, and the fact I did not eat too much sugar were definitely things to smile about.
I am back at work this week and therefore have less time to read. Oh how I wish I could sit quietly for a couple of hours and enjoy the last section of the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy!
When I come home, I am able to put my feet up for about half an hour and read with a warm cup of tea. This week I have been taking out the last of the cookies that my friend baked and gifted me for Christmas.
My friend has been trying out new recipes and adapting them to find that spot where a cookie is not too sweet. I love her new shortbread recipe with just a hint of sweetness. I find the shop bought cookies are excessively sweet and the sugar taste overwhelms the other flavours in the biscuit. Her recipe for white chocolate, cranberry and amaretto shortbread looks so easy to make. (It is even easier if I get her to bake me some more 🙂 )
My friend has recently started her YouTube channel Under 300 Calories. Head on over and see if there are any of her recipes take your fancy. And while you do that, I will continue reading the third novel in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan, Rich People Problems.
This week schools are closed for what is called March break. It is definitely not a Spring break as temperatures have plummeted to a ‘feels like’ -17c. The weather is forcing us to meet up with friends indoors; and long, lazy walks are certainly not an option. The break, however, is giving me a chance to rest, to get up late, read, and do a little crochet.
Every school break I have always begins with a trip to the library. I browse the shelves filled with the newer additions, often picking up authors I have not read before. Sometimes I find an unread title by one of my favourite authors.
This break I decided to begin a new crochet project: one that I have been thinking of creating for a while now. I have downloaded the pattern from Ravelry, and purchased the yarn from Michaels.
While crocheting, I put my feet up and watch Netflix. Currently I am watching the TV series Bones.
I enjoy Kathy Reich’s novels and I am enjoying this series that has been inspired by her. I am now on season 10 and will be sad when the show ends. It is interesting to see how the characters and personalities have developed over the seasons.
This week I am grateful that the March Break is giving me the chance to rest and to pursue some of the things that I enjoy doing.
The last weekend was a long weekend for me and comprised of four days of rest. I slept late and feel less tired (as my daughters say, we should have more long weekends!).
I spent some of my time watching a series that I have grown to love: Downton Abbey. I enjoy the drama and the day to day happenings of the characters in an England that no longer exists. I delight in the intrigue, and love to hate some of the characters. I managed to finish watching all the episodes until the end of season 4 – and now wait impatiently until the next season is broadcast on Netflix. While watching Downton Abbey, I worked on the afghan that I am crocheting for my daughter. She chose the colour combination and I think she chose well.
I spent some time reading on the sofa with a cup of tea in my hand in the early morning hours while the rest of the household was still asleep. With my feet up, I entered the world of Jack Calder in The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seamus Gallacher with no interruptions. I am happy to say that I completed this novel and was able to begin another – Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner.
Most of the weekend was spent at home. With the temperatures way below zero (at -36C), we decided to spent family time indoors. I was grateful, however, that I was able to rest completely and that I could spend long lunches and dinners eating and chatting with my family.
The weekend is a time for relaxation and putting your feet up. During this long weekend, my daughter decided to do a little relaxing of her own on the sofa. She often has a book in her hand but yesterday evening she decided to watch a few episodes of the anime series she is currently watching. I did not feel envious as I have been doing a little relaxing of my own on the sofa. Instead of watching a show, I have immersed myself into the world created by the novelist I am currently reading. The relaxation this weekend has done me good and I feel more willing to face the challenges of the week.
At the end of the day I am ready to relax, put my feet up and watch a little TV. This I do in my bedroom on the beautiful quilt my mom made for me. It is always a pleasure for me to have a bit of Africa underneath my feet.
Once the school year was over, I packed our bags to accompany my husband on a business trip to Phoenix. While hubby worked, my girls and I planned to relax in an environment other than our home. We were excited as it was to be our first time living in a hotel. We had booked a room at the Sheraton Crescent in Phoenix – and were surprised to receive a key card that allowed us acess to the Club floors. My girls were excited and, during our stay, took turns in inserting our key pass before pressing the number of the floor we were on.
When we entered our room for the first time, we loved it. The room looked so neat and comfortable. As soon as we entered the room, my girls could not resist jumping on the beds.
After a good night’s sleep and a tasty breakfast, my girls and I began our routine. Mornings and afternoons were spent by the pool while the heat of the midday sun was avoided. I enjoyed reading by the poolside (I completed four books from my bedside pile while away!), and swimming in the refreshing water. Slathering sunscreen on myself did not prevent me from burning – a redness which has now turned brown.
This week I am grateful for the opportunity we had to experience hotel life in Phoenix. My husband was grateful for the company on his business trip; and I was grateful for the sunshine, the relaxation, and the chance to experience something new.