I’m quietly enjoying my second ever child-free week. At home.
My, the houses looks like a pig sty, with no little people to fill up the empty spaces.
I am exhausted, yet I’m not sleeping as much as I did on my very first week off, last December. I think I must have taken better care of myself this school term. Or perhaps last time I was catching up on ten years of non-stop child-wrangling. This time it’s only a term.
Last time, I watched TV nearly non-stop. This time, it doesn’t really draw me. Perhaps because I’ve set up a mum’s retreat in my room, with a couch and TV, where I get my dose of TV away from the children nearly every night. Before, I was starved for TV – is that weird?
I made some inroads into the mess today, but unfortunately the mess was seen by my property manager, after I mixed up the inspection dates. I hope I don’t receive any house-keeping reprimands in the mail.
Do you know how lovely baths are in an empty house ? Just you, the water, some bubble bath and music.
Quiet evenings are lovely, too. No kidlings demanding your attention, wanting food, arguing with you and each other, and not listening to your
orders requests. It feels quite surreal and it takes me a while to relax into the silence and emptiness. I snuggle under a blanket on the couch with the TV and my knitting. The cats are near or next to me, a glass of wine in front of me. And the background is quiet…
Still, life goes on – business meetings and errands have to be attended to, animals have to be fed, clothes to be washed, hung and folded, the dishwasher doesn’t magically unload itself.
Yet, there is so much more time in each day. Time for me. Even if I spend that time doing housework, it is done in peace and quiet and I don’t stress if I leave it half done, because there is still more time to get it done, without someone destroying the half-clean I’ve achieved.
My peace and quiet are broken only by Amanda Palmer, whom I’ve only just discovered, and the children at the childcare centre across the road. Oh, and the nail guns at the building site next door.
My week is nearly done. Next week we’re heading off to a caravan park in the Grampians to enjoy some nature and a change of scenery. Wish me luck!
What about you? Do you enjoy a stay-cation?
Image from here by Katerina.