I am introvert. That doesn’t mean I don’t like people. I love people – especially the ones I actually love. What it does mean is that I need time alone to recharge. As a mother of a 5 year old, I don’t get much alone time, other than my daily commute to work. On those rare occasions when I convince my husband to take Christopher somewhere (anywhere!) for even an hour on the weekend, I usually lay in the reclining chair in our sunroom and just read.
More often than not to get my much needed time to myself, I do chores outside of the house – grocery shopping, Target runs, trips to Costco, and, more recently, gardening. I hate gardening! But just like when I’m shopping alone, I am able to slip in my ear buds and listen to an audiobook. Aah.
I killed myself a couple of weekends ago weeding and then digging out this crazy out of control Russian sage that I cannot stand. It was very hard work, and I could barely walk for the next few days, but it was worth it for the time to myself. Not to mention the feeling of satisfaction when I was finished.
See that nice gaping hole there in front of those pipes? This weekend I get to fill it with a plant more to my liking…maybe a butterfly bush!
So what did I do the following day after an hour of spreading mulch and then a hike with Jim, Christopher, and Jim’s brother, Adam? More gardening! This time I wasn’t completely alone. Jim was helping in another part of the garden, but we both had our head phones in while Christopher was “resting” inside. We pulled out these awful, painful red bushes with thorns that were crammed right in front of the arborvitaes. Luckily, they came out pretty easily; although I ended up with two thorn-slivers in my palm. I was only wearing one glove (on my shovel hand) – dumb!
But again, it looks so great! I wish I had a before picture. And I can’t wait to plant in this space this weekend as well.
How do you recharge? What do you do to get some time away from your kids?