It was my birthday this week. And in celebration I ended up having the perfect birthday weekend.
Friday night we celebrated with a few friends at the new Vegan restaurant in town. It was wonderful! I was very surprised that there was a line out the door to get a table. I loved it. People standing the entire time we ate. I live in a smallish town, so I did not think the restaurant would be that busy, I was so happy that it was. I was even more surprised when we left and the BBQ place next door was practically empty, in my mind it would have been reversed. I hope the Vegan restaurant has great success, the food and cocktails were amazing (Craft Roots).
Saturday we woke up and had breakfast then we headed down to the Farmers Market. I am always so surprised how much organic fresh food is grown in my area. It is beautiful to look at and tastes so much better than the grocery store veggies, especially the heirloom tomatoes. After we walked home and put the food away, my husband took me to the plant store where I got two new plants and some planters for my plants that were out-growing their current containers. I had fun re-planting and placing my new plants around the house. The plants just make me so happy. When that was all completed my husband and I went on a long walk in the park. I love walking, especially during this time of year. The colors are just gorgeous, and the walk is so relaxing. We grabbed a quick sandwich on the way home and ate with my son. I was able to talk to my daughter in Hawaii for about 30 minutes, which is always one of the best parts of the day. Then my husband surprised me and He, My Son and I went to see Midway. What a great film, I highly recommend it. When the movie was over we dropped my son at home and my husband took me out to a really nice meal in one of the best restaurants in town. It was a perfect day.
Sunday was lazy. We slept in. My husband watched football and I went grocery shopping and baked the majority of the day. It was slow and relaxing.
On my actual birthday I only had to work a partial day. I had my parents over for dinner to celebrate. I cooked vegan meatloaf, which everyone ate. I also received some wonderful gifts. One of my favorite parts of the day was, when my son and I were waiting for everyone to come, we ended up playing Gin Rummy. I had a great time just playing the game and being silly. Times like that really make you appreciate what you have.
I really am trying to make that more of a focus in my life right now. Focus on enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Slow down, enjoy what you have. I have been trying to be more present, putting off some of my “to do list”, and just slowing down. I have seriously felt a difference in the way I feel and sleep. It feels as if a weight has been lifted off of me. I suggest you try it.
In other News…. I was emailed a great thing today. https://www.earthday.org/stop-using-disposable-plastic/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=ef22c501-258b-45f1-a879-c274762dd22b
The Earth Day Network is trying to get people to pledge to End Plastic Pollution. I was already trying this on my own, so making the pledge just solidified my commitment. I posted this to my Facebook, in hopes that my friends and family might also become more aware and also pledge, maybe my readers will too.
I hope some of these things have given you some food for thought. If you have any questions about what I do or want me to elaborate on any items, please leave a comment…