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Even in Hawaii, Drew had no regrets about spending some time indoors. Honolulu, 1995

Even in Hawaii, Drew had no regrets about spending some time indoors. Honolulu, 1995

“Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”Susan Ertz

As the warm weather fades and the cold or rainy season moves in, we’ll all be indoors more, whether we like or not. I like it.

I relish the chance to spend hours at home, puttering around indoors, despite my great love of long walks and trees and flowers.  There are so many things I enjoy that make engaging indoor pursuits.  As my books, magazines, craft supplies and well-stocked tea cabinet suggest, I am about as prepared for rainy days as one can be.

Drew has always loved rainy weather, and while he likes actually being outside in it, getting wet and soaking up the pervasive atmosphere that goes along with a stormy day, I suspect part of his love for gloomy weather is rooted in so many of the pastimes he loves.  When he was a child, I never had to entertain him.  He made his own fun, and could find ways to keep his busy mind occupied no matter where he found himself.

That’s actually a great talent, I think.  Most people who read blogs have lively minds that are interested in a variety of topics, but I wonder how well we would function if the computer, smart phones and tablets suddenly went unavailable for long stretches of time.  I’d like to think that I have enough reading, crafting, baking and homemaking projects to keep me happy through a lifetime of long winters.

Whether or not this Sunday afternoon is a rainy one for you, I hope it’s a peaceful one, with time for prayer, meditation, quiet conversation and any number of indoor pleasures.  It’s much easier to face the coming of winter when our homes are stocked with happy hobbies and plentiful projects.  Have a comfy-cozy afternoon!

8 Comments

  1. I love spending time indoors. As long as my sewing machine is there, as long as I can move around arranging and organizing my little apartment, I never get bored. It’s a blessing being able to be comfortable with oneself, like Drew. God bless. Have a great Sunday!

    • I agree that it’s a great blessing to be comfortable and happy at home. I can be busy and relaxed at the same time. Hope you are having a great Sunday too. It’s morning here, but for you it will be evening by now. Thanks for visiting today!

  2. merry

    I enjoy rainy days. and can entertain myself with my books…rearranging my collection of tea cups, ect. I enjoy computers and miss mine when its down, I’m always reading a book! :}

    • A collection of teacups! Sounds wonderful. Do you ever drink from them, or are they just for looks? I drink so much tea that I tend to use a big latte mug, although I think teacups are the prettiest piece of china by far.

  3. Sheila

    What a true quote you have used today. When our girls were growing up, I remember the counted cross stitch that described it best: “If a mother’s place is in the home, why am I always in my car?” The need to be busy and going somewhere has only gotten worse. I tell the grandchildren that being on the GO is not a requirement! I love to do everything that you mentioned at home. Looking forward to a good week for all. 😉

    • Thank you, Sheila. I agree that the busyness just keeps spiraling out of control. In Walmart recently I saw the tables and racks and bins overflowing with $5 DVDs, all titles I haven’t even heard of, and I thought of all the online and streamed movies and I wondered who on earth is spending so much of their lives watching videos? And that’s just one facet of modern life. So much of our busyness leaves us feeing agitated and dissatisfied. For some reason, doing quiet activities at home just relaxes and refreshes me more than all this high-stimulation stuff. I guess I am getting old! But loving it. Thanks for being here and I appreciate your optimistic outlook for this week – I will join you in that spirit!

      • Sheila

        Let’s make it happen! 😉

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