Oh my goodness, I am quite giddy with excitement! It is not long past 10 o’clock, the dog has been walked, the supermarket shopping done, and everyone else in the house is at work, uni or school and I have nowhere to be other than home! No appointments, no yoga class to be at, no coffee date (although I do love those!), or errands to run for others. It is as if I am on holiday! Yes, I have tasks to do but, in between those, there is space to just be; to know that I can write, read, craft, draw or simply sit and ruminate without the possibility that someone will come peering over my shoulder, that I will hear a cry of “have you seen my…?”, or “can you take my toastie out when it’s done?” It has been quite some time since I have had a stretch of time like this and I have really missed it. I adore having everyone at home, especially as it becomes more tricky with people having increasingly odd-houred schedules and independence in their social lives, but the chance to have some solitude is delicious.
When my kiddies were both at school, time was a smorgasbord of free hours to play with. Out the door by 8.15 in the morning at the latest, not home until 3.30 in the afternoon at the earliest. As my boy neared the end of his schooling and the prospect of irregular uni hours loomed, I started to grieve over the end of these hours to myself. How was I going to cope with having him in and out, round and about? I know I need time to myself to recharge. Would I feel claustrophobic knowing he was just THERE in the house? Well, it hasn’t been too bad. I have pulled through! But these little nuggets of alone time are golden. I have had to have a bit of a chat to myself about making sure I don’t squander these hours, that I don’t fall into the trap of clicking my way through social media (so what am I doing writing a blog post *smacks forehead*). I want to make sure I use the time to indulge myself in some productive pastimes because I feel I may have forgotten how to use time alone!
So here’s the plan! Finish up here, read many pages of my book, make a lemon slice, drink multiple mugs of green tea, rake up some leaves (see, told you there were chores!) and then maybe a bit of a crochet…or more book…or some sketching…
What keeps you buzzing along? Do you like to fly solo? Do you like your gang around you? Bit of both?