This weekend it was cold and raining in Southern California and I used it as an excuse to hole up with my family and recover from a tough February. My grandmother passed away, my husband and daughter were very ill with stomach flu, and there was just your usual busyness. Which meant that I became overloaded and emotional. I think my problem was that I wasn't able to just hide away and grieve for a few days. I found that I was tearing-up for little or no reason and that I was becoming overly sensitive to everything.
Usually, I want to hide in a corner when I get like this, but this weekend I tried a new approach. I thought about all the little things that make me really happy, and found time to do most of them this weekend. Here are few of the ways that I was kind to myself:
- We ate breakfast in front of a roaring fire. Such a cozy way to start a rainy day.
- My daughter and I had a little tea party. I made some tea, served it in "real" teacups and put out some banana bread. We had a really nice chat and I think I may try to have similar tea parties in lieu of afterschool snacks.
- At around 4:00pm, I made a yummy snack of roasted chickpeas. My husband and I had cocktails and my daughter had a Shirley Temple. We chatted while I made dinner.
- We had pizza and watched a movie-Akeelah and the Bee. It was a fun and cozy family night.
- On Sunday, we all puttered around, doing our own things. I took some time to watch some episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford while I embroidered a new pattern I'm working on.
- We ended our weekend by watching the Oscars together. I printed out some ballots, we all guessed the winners, and had a good time seeing who guessed right.
I'm feeling much better today and ready to take on the world. Hope you had an equally soothing weekend.