Long weekends are few and far between, and while I normally prefer to take a trip to an exciting new city, sometimes they provide the perfect timing for a little R&R.
This weekend, I happily volunteered to stay home and watch the pups while Cole and his family were off at a wedding.
Friday night, Cole & I ordered a pizza (duh) and packed up on the essentials (me: mostly lulu’s and warm sweaters, him: wedding gear for the next few days), arriving at the house later that night. Sophie was eager to run around, and while she did that, we lifted up our feet, plopped onto the couch, and popped on a movie.
It was surprisingly an early night as we both had big plans for the weekend. He left early Saturday morning, and when I awoke I happily had the house to myself (sorry, not sorry).
So, what did I use my valuable R&R time to do?
Well, I started with a heavy marathon of Downton Abbey. I know I’m a little late to the game on this one, but I’m utterly obsessed with it. I easily poured over a few episodes while relaxing in bed, head on the pillow with sophie resting at my feet. The weather was absolutely horrid, which made it pretty easy to snuggle up and set in for the morning.
A little later in the day, I figured it was time to get up and do something. I had only brought a bag of rye bread with me, so I decided to pop on down to the farmers market and grab some fresh fruit – and perhaps the ingredients for dinner for one.
I made my way through the crowds of people, poking and prodding at the fruit to pick the freshest of the bunch. Immediately, I began making a game plan: steak dinner.
I grabbed some fresh fingerling potatoes and green beans from my favourite stop – the Cherry Pit, and selected the juiciest looking New York strip from Silver Sage farms with a salt and pepper spice blend from the Silk Road. Of course, still needing dessert, I grabbed a pint of Vanilla bean ice cream from Made by Marcus, and a few treats for the pups so they didn’t feel left out.
Back into the rain I went, returning back home to quickly switch on the fire (and Netflix) and make something warm to eat.
We laid here for quite a few more hours – some of us taking the liberty of an afternoon snooze. There is something so relaxing about having no timelines at all.
When my tummy began grumbling again, I turned on the gas stove and began cooking.
As the potatoes toasted in the oven and the steak sizzled in the pan, I sat there and relaxed with a pot of tea.
I thoroughly pigged out, to the point where I could hardly manage a few bites of ice cream before heading to bed. What an exhausting day…
The next morning I arose to a beautiful view feeling quite well rested. The fact that there were still 2 days left of the weekend made it even that much better.
I wrapped myself up a little tighter into the duvet, until Sophie demanded her breakfast.
Being on the farm, I was designated a few “chicken chores” – which my weekend pals helped me to complete.
We gathered a few fresh eggs and fed the chickens and ducks, before heading for a quick walk.
In no time, we were running back to the house in the rain. I stripped off my muddy clothes and dried the pups’ paws. It was at this point that the bathtub looked particularly inviting. I am quite a fan of taking warm baths, filled to the brim with bubbles, and I figured why not!
I watched as the tub filled with warm water, before sinking in. Toes up, I watched out the window and pondered about life. It was deeply relaxing – even if I had a visitor once in a while.
Afterwards, it was time to get dressed and clean up before everyone returned!
I must say, with the hustle of everyday working life, I was happy to have the chance to relax without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else with my time. What an excellent long weekend and I must consider the staycation more often!
What did you get up to this long weekend?