Most likely this post has something to do with the fact that the boys are back to school today. It also must have something to do with the coming of Autumn. It could be the crisp, sunny days and the making of my first "cold weather" dinner last night - minestrone with sausage. Oh, how I love cold weather cooking! All of those stews, and soups, and slow cooking.
It could also have something to do with the walk I just took around the property, chickens running here and there enjoying their freedom in the sunshine. I walked down to the gardens, seeing what is ready to harvest, and pondering what I want to plant for my autumn crops.
I have also been decompressing from our fabulous summer holidays - considering what went well and what we could have done better. Thinking about how busy I often was, how I felt a bit "over-booked", as if I didn't have enough time to get it all done, and how there was so little time to relax, to sit on the hammock and read, to nap on the wonderful vintage bed under the pergola.
Simplify has been my motto for some time now, and let me tell you, I have been in paring down mode for a while. I have given endless bags to our local charity and gotten rid of so many things that we really didn't need. I find that there seems to be much less clutter around the house, which I love. I think I have been nesting since #4 was born, and he is 3 years old!
I think, however, that it is time to shift my frame of mind when it comes to running our home. While I will continue to simplify whenever possible, I also want to go back to the beginning. I want to remove things on our calendar that we really don't need to do. I want to slow down (insert slightly hysterical laugh here...) and really enjoy the moments - the journey. I want to enjoy what we have, and finish the many things that I have started and not finished. I want to switch up my priorities. Thus, my new motto is...
BACK TO BASICS
I am looking forward to really focusing on refocusing. I think that this autumn has so much potential to be our best one yet! I am looking forward to focusing on my linen flowers and being creative with them. I hope to plant some autumn crops, and today, I might even consider making peach jam. Back to basics - I can't wait to see where it takes us~