knee deep in weeds

notes on a simple life

who is who || week 43

“I am living my real life, this is it. Now is now, and if I waited to be happier, waited to have fun, waited to do the things that I know I ought to do, I might never get the chance.” 
― Gretchen Rubin

the week is a lovely balance between busy and slowing down.
we have company for dinner one night and i make an effort to not go crazy with the food.
i fix a good, but easy, nourishing dinner and consciously work to place just as much
nourishment on friendship. our conversations extend way beyond the last bite. 
later, he does the dishes. 

“Walking, talking, reading, drawing, praying, telling stories: the nourishment is there, as close as our own breath. We only have to pause a moment, notice, and enjoy.” 
― Christian McEwen, World Enough & Time, On Creativity and Slowing Down

we have a impromptu brunch with some of the kids
where i do the same and we slip right into it, because
we are good at it. i understand this is us. this is the real me.
once again i mentally make a note to let go of "what will others think" 
and embrace us.

“Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity...When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.” 
― Gretchen Rubin

three things ::
i did a 45 minute rowing class at the gym
we listen to this together in the car and agree it is good
my daughter-in-law starts a new online shop with natural beauty products! i am so excited for her! 

we meet out-of-town friends for breakfast on monday.
we talk about boxes of old photographs without labels and how we now wonder who is who. 
we discuss how digital photos now live online, in the cloud or on external hard drives;
wondering if this next generation will also struggle with who is who? i think not. .  
just in case, i send away for 48 new 4x4's for the fridge. 

“There are some old photographs from where if you take anything out, even a chicken or a little bird, the magic will disappear.” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

come tuesday, the week slows into our normal routine;
walks with the dog between rain squalls, a visit from Justin, reading, errands and chores, 
a big pot of spaghetti, flu shots and joy. . .  

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” 
― Gretchen Rubin

who is who? 
how was your week?