Sunday, June 26, 2011

~The View~

~The View from my porch today~

Today is one of those rare days when the sun is shining and the temperature is perfect. As I type this, the curtains are billowing in the breeze and I can hear birds singing outside my window. I am alone in the house except for two lazy dogs, sprawled at my feet.
The coming week is one that is full of possibilities. The entire week stretches out before me in which there is only ONE task that I must complete…something which is even rarer than the perfect sunny day.

I truly love and enjoy people, and can be a very social person. But I am a “homebody” at heart, and there are times that I begin to feel burdened by social obligations. Summertime is especially taxing, with its round of picnics and weddings and graduations…and I am sometimes overwhelmed by the constant rush to be somewhere or the effort it sometimes requires to be with other people.

The older I get, the more I crave quiet solitude, and the less I feel the need to be apologetic about it.  Sometimes I am happiest when I am alone. I am blessed with the endless ability to entertain myself and never run out of things to do. I’m never bored with my own company…qualities that have always pleased my mother.

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
~Henry David Thoreau~

 And so, I am eagerly anticipating this large block of unfettered time. I relish the thought of completing simple household chores without hurrying, preparing healthy meals, and spending time reading and stitching. This week, I plan to take time to just “sit” there is nothing better than mornings on the porch, with coffee, pups and time to daydream.

The coming week is one that is full of possibilities…what will you do with yours?

Until next time…

(Please forgive the crazy spacing...blogger is a mess today.) 


  1. Oh, my ~ you sound just like me. I love people and love to socialize but I so love the time I spend alone with the dogs during the day. Always decisions, should I weave, stitch, sew, play in the garden? What a blessed life.

  2. You are a kindred spirit, Rhonda. There is truth in every thought you put into words. I like people - have fun when I am "out and about" - but just leave me alone at home and I'm at my happiest. I never cease to be able to amuse myself either. I've never known how others could say they are "bored..." Enjoy your "you" time....Blessings ~ Robin

  3. How fortunate you are to be blessed with solitude. I have a difficult time finding a quiet time in my own home, as you know....but I understand completely what you mean when you write about having time alone, just enjoying the company of animals and curling up with a good book or needlwork project.

    Enjoy your week of peaceful bliss. lucky you!

  4. Rhonda, enjoy your quiet week. I too relish those times of solitude.

  5. Rhonda,
    I hope you enjoy your week to the fullest , I so enjoy solitude , but seldom get it , seems life is just always hurry hurry , so as you take a deep breath of fresh air on the porch take an extra one for me! And definately make lots of super special pamper you time! have a great week! hugs
    lil raggedy angie

  6. Rhonda,
    We have much in common. When the kids moved out and as I get older is when I turned into a homebody. The more time I have alone (me time) I'm at my happiest. My husband is gone for the week and it's just me and the dogs. Yippe!
    Enjoy your me time!!!
    Prim Blessings

  7. When I was younger, I would arrive at my MIL's house to find her sitting in quiet solitude. I would think to myself "what a sad and boring lifestyle!!" Hah! Little did I know how much I would be enjoying the same thing as I got older!! When I have a week with no scheduled appointments and can stay home and do 'whatever,' I, too, am at my happiest. The peace and quiet are sooooo welcomed.....
    Enjoy your week!

  8. What a beautiful view ..and I love that quote
    thanks for sharing ~

  9. Oh Rhonda ~ we must be twins separated at birth! ;) I could have written your post today. It's exactly as I feel.
    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. Come back to visit anytime!
    The French Milliner's Heads aren't hard to do, just time consuming. :)

  10. You and I are sisters of the heart! I too share in your alone time bliss. My front porch in the early morning hours is a place of reflection & peacefull solitude! ~Kriss~

  11. Wow. Your writing goes to the core. I've never been a social person and always felt as you described, obligations were a chore. Now at 60, I look back and am sorry I didn't participate more, visit longer, and socialize more often, to have more memories to hold on to. Almost everyone is gone, and one day there will be no option other than solitude. Yet I still prefer it! Menopause really messes with the mind. If I had your porch view, I would be perched all day!