This morning I woke up grateful for the slower pace of a three-day weekend, and the sweet luxury of down time to do some small things around the house and garden.
Do you feel that way about unstructured time, too?
I love puttering — and isn’t it the most perfect, descriptive word? September is here, and although the days are still hot in Colorado I notice the changing morning light and the cooler evenings. Some of the leaves are starting to turn, and I no longer feel like the garden needs constant, daily tending.
I took a pleasant stroll around the yard to see what was blooming, and cut a few flowers and leaves and berries.
They’re now in a little pitcher in the kitchen, shown above. Our artistic mom inspired my love of casual garden arrangements. Her dining table always has a pretty little bouquet or a flowering plant, even in winter.
My next project was a fun experiment. I love making home improvements with materials we already have on hand. The cushions on the patio chairs had faded in the sunshine, but they’re still in good shape so I decided to try and revive them.
I found some green acrylic paint in our paint collection, thinned it with a little water, and brushed it on in stripes freehand.
The paint stripes perked those old cushions right up, and while time will tell whether the paint holds up it’s a good, free solution for now.
And then, because I’m feeling autumn-y, I baked a batch of chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies and updated the photos from the original blog post I wrote back in 2007.
After all that puttering, it was a treat to sit outside and enjoy the pretty sunset.
The evening sky was beautiful and sad at the same time. The setting sun appears orange because of the hazy smoke that has drifted here, and my heart aches for our friends in Montana and California who live in areas battling wildfires. Praying for rain and cooler temperatures.
How About You?
How did you spend your Labor Day weekend? Have you been puttering? I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.
Here’s to making a little time to enjoy these precious days as fall approaches.