Monday, May 7, 2012

At Home and Unplugged


After an unbelievably productive and totally enjoyable weekend at home, this week begins with a Monday version of The Sunday Salon.  Over a quiet dinner at our favorite restaurant Friday evening, we decided to tackle a few outdoor projects. Saturday morning began with a run to the hardware store... and the rest is a blur. By Sunday evening, I was amazed at all that had been accomplished.

  • yard work galore
  • major garden clean-up
  • experimented with two new recipes
  • gazed at the Super Moon
  • finished reading The Makioka Sisters
  • laundry, and the other usual indoor tasks
  • read a few letters in Clarissa
  • relaxed by the lake with a glass of wine

As it turned out, I was also unplugged for the entire weekend. It wasn't planned, but there was no Weekend Cooking post, no Sunday Salon, and no blog reading. Sure, I popped into twitter for a moment on Saturday and took a quick look at Pinterest on Sunday, but overall it was a technology-free weekend. We didn't even turn on the television! Graduations, college reunions, and apartment hunting with Daughter #1 loom on the horizon, so this won't happen again any time soon. But what a great weekend - at home and unplugged.

*photo courtesy of my BFF Nancy

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  1. This sounds great, especially the part about the lake and a glass of wine!

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    1. Jill - It was... and the wine always tastes better by the lake!

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  3. It was a great weekend! We missed the SuperMoon and I was so sad but the clouds were too thick over our part of the sky.

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    1. Care - That Super Moon was gorgeous. We're known for our clouds and lack of sunshine here, so I'm glad we had a clear night.

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  4. It's so funny, we did something similar over the weekend - gardening, weed pulling, trying a new recipe, having a glass of wine, going out at night to look at the full moon. Must have been the full moon :) Have a great week.

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    1. Harvee - Then you must have had a great weekend, too! Maybe it was the moon... :-)

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  5. That sounds fantastic! I had lots going on this weekend and realized yesterday that I didn't actually talk to a single soul all day. I felt actually quite a bit lonely, but when I realized that I figured out why. I was on the computer quite a bit, but mostly it was doing work. I think I need your unplugged weekend.

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    1. Picky - It really was... an unplugged weekend was VERY therapeutic!

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  6. I was pretty much unplugged this weekend as well. Here in So Cal, that moon looked bright but normal. Wasn't at all as spectacular as what I've seen others share in the way of photos.

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    1. Ti - Unplugged weekends are a good thing every now and then! I've seen some great moon photos, too.

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  7. I think this is a great idea, even if you did sort of stumble on it. Maybe one weekend a month should be dedicated as "unplugged." I'm going to give that some thought.

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    1. James - It was such a peaceful weekend. I'm sure I would be a little happier and less stressed with a dedicated monthly 'weekend unplugged'... and I suspect many others would be, too. If everybody coordinated weekends, then we would never miss a thing!

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  8. At home and unplugged sounds really marvelous!! I feel like I get a little too wrapped up in technology these days. Gorgeous shot of the supermoon! Did you use a special lens to capture? We were overcast here so no pictures for me.

    Hope you have a relaxing week ahead!

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    1. Trish - My pictures didn't come out very well, so I used my BFF's from high school instead. She has a much better camera, too.

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  9. What a beautiful photo of the moon... how did you take that? And what a peaceful weekend you've had. We ought to get unplugged every now and then. And oh, now that you've finished the M. Sisters, I highly recommend that you find the film in the Criterion Collection, it's beautifully shot. And... I await your review. ;)

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    1. Arti - Just updated the post to give my friend Nancy credit for the photo. Mine weren't that impressive, but she has a very nice camera! The Makioka Sisters is at the top of my Netflix queue. I'll get a review posted eventually, but have 4 or 5 ahead of it. The book was beautiful - probably a 4 1/2 star rating.

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  10. Wow - I'm tired just reading about all you got done! I feel like such a slacker now. Isn't it amazing how much more you get done if you ignore the electronics? I'm always thinking we need to try to make ourselves intentionally go electronic-free one weekend!

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    1. Lisa - Unplugged weekends may just become a monthly feature for me... we'll see.

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  11. Alas, our Super Moon was shrouded in cloud. Which is a good thing, because I didn't know about it until the next day. We have had so much company over the past month and half, that I am dying for this weekend to do something around the house, or reading, or blogging (I have been neglectful of my blogging of late) or? Whatever it is, I want it to be as productive as yours.

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    1. Thomas - With Mother's Day, graduations, and college reunions ahead, I'm hoping we can find time in June for another 'unplugged weekend'. It sure sounds like you deserve one, too!

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  12. How fantastic! I, too, have been doing lots of work in the yard with my mother. Gardening is pretty new to me, and I somehow managed to kill off bits of our front lawn when I got overzealous with the Round Up. Whoops!

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    1. Diana - You have to be careful with that Round Up, lol! It's been crazy here lately, so I haven't had much time to read or blog... will get back into my routine soon, I hope.

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  13. Everything tastes better by the lake (or ocean), doesn't it?

    I need an unplugged weekend (or month!) to catch up on all I want to do. I guess I do it a little bit at a time. I've been working in the yard a bit and got some new rose bushes planted. Pots on the deck are filled with beautiful hibiscus and next on the list is impatiens and vinca in the yard. I enjoy my time outside but find it too easy to sit down at this computer and lose track of the hours. But not today. It's my day off (love my three day weekends!) and am getting ready to hit the bike trail with a friend. The weather is gorgeous and there's no wind, so we're hoping to get in 40 miles. Looking forward to a glass of wine (or cold beer) when we get back.

    Enjoy your reunion, graduations, and apt hunting! :)

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    1. Les - What is it with food or drink near the water? Maybe we're jut more relaxed and open to enjoyment? I still have so much more work left to do outside, and some annuals to plant this week. Graduation was wonderful, the reunion is coming up this weekend, and I sure hope we can delay apartment hunting until later in the summer. Hope you enjoyed your bike ride today... and the well-deserved glass of wine or beer at the end!

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  14. I have unintended unplugged weekends and I'm always amazed at how much I accomplish!

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    1. Stacy - It's pretty nice, isn't it? Hoping to make periodic 'unplugged' weekends a regular happening...

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  15. I've been doing a lot of unplugged weekends lately. I work in an office and on a computer all week so I really need to take a break from all of the devices on the weekend. Glad you enjoyed yours!

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    1. Kathleen - This needs to be a monthly event for me (and I don't work on a computer all day). I'm thinking Father's Day weekend for June.

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