Remember when we were kids . . . and our teachers always assigned that How-We-Spent-Our-Summer-Vacations paragrah when we started back to school in the fall? Well. Here's my grown-up version for you: How I Spent My Summer Staycation.
When I decided to take last week off, I just felt like I needed a little break. Tom flew out to Wyoming to visit his parents, so I thought it would be a good time to take some "me time" while I was holding down the fort at home. I made a list of a few things I wanted to do/accomplish during my "solo" Summer Staycation -- but it wasn't overly ambitious.
I kicked things off with a visit to the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids after I dropped Tom off at the airport. I've never actually been there on my own, but I'm just gonna say . . . going solo is a great way to visit a botanical garden! You can wander wherever you want. For as long as you want. At your own pace. I took my time and lingered. It was wonderful!
I meandered along the wetlands boardwalk . . .
and leisure-d my way along the paths in the lovely Japanese garden (one of my West Michigan "happy places") . . .
And I lingered for a long while in the Michigan Farm Gardens. They're so charming and whimsical. . .
(The Meijer Gardens are really wonderful. If you're ever in Grand Rapids, it's well worth a visit -- in any season.)
On the other end of the activities spectrum, I cleaned out and organized my refrigerator and pantry.
Hoo. Boy. It just doesn't get any better than the excitement of a newly ordered refrigerator, does it?
And in between, I caught up on some tasks I've been needing to take care of. I read a lot. I watched White Lotus. I knit a little. I cut out a top, but didn't sew at all. I also didn't do much gardening (because it was such a hot sauna of a week last week), but I did play around with my art supplies in air conditioned comfort. . .
It was the perfect kind of Staycation. I took care of some things. I rested. I filled my tank.
Ready to get going again!
And happy to be back.