Sunday, June 04, 2006

Contentment

It's been a good weekend. The dog is under the dining room table, alternately licking his paws and chewing gently on his bone. It's amazing how much dogs reflect their owners' states of mind--and how I feel my own contentment so much more deeply when he is content, too. I wonder if this is also true of parents with children.

Friday night we hosted a family birthday party for Mr. Incredible here at Willow Cottage. Between the grilled mustard-crusted pork chops, the roasted vegetables, and the potato salad, it really tasted like summer. We had fun with the fam--more fun than usual--but then it's been awhile since we've all been together.

Just between the five of us, we polished off nearly three dozen of my dessert specialties: peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. It's been a long time since I baked them, but it seems that I definitely still have the touch.

My brother-in-law stayed late to watch the new Steelers DVDs we picked up in Pittsburgh and to play Xbox. It felt good to stay up late to celebrate, knowing that we could sleep in the next morning (which we did).

Saturday was filled with cleaning, planning, resting, weeding, lawn maintenance, and an evening shopping trip, and today we have had a gloriously relaxed day consisting of church, grocery shopping, and a three-hour nap! Mmmmm. We had a long-distance phone conversation with a good friend, then grilled swordfish for dinner.

I think I'm finally learning how to relax. And it feels good.

3 comments:

Christie said...

I've had a lot of catching up to do on your blog! always a treat. I'm glad you had a restful day and I look forward to seeing you this week.

peace,
Christie

Dulcimer said...

Thanks, Christie! It's good to have you back--we've missed you. :)

brannabee said...

mmmm... learning to relax. me too. although, this month is proving to be a challenge! :S (checking my pulse)
soooo, peanut butter cookies? hmmmm....
so, and plus, too, i saw you guys at the end of first service and wanted to say "hi" - but you were talking and then... i lost you. :( so.. "HI!" :)