It was a week of learning about myself.

Do you ever have a week like that?

A week where you discover stuff about yourself that you weren’t even looking for?

We spent the week in Florida for a baseball tournament.  A week of spring break.  A week of family.  A week of and sunshine and warm weather and baseball games and the joy of watching number 11 run home again and again  I brought tons of work and writing and chapters to work on for the next book.

And then?

There wasn’t any internet.

I couldn’t work.  I couldn’t write.  I couldn’t research.  I couldn’t post to this blog (except for the one post that was already written and scheduled).

At first I was frustrated.  And irritated.  And discombobulated.

But you know what?

In the end, it ended up being amazing.

I played more card games that you can count and fixed lunches and read books and listened to stories and took long walks on the beach and soaked in the sun.

And I learned that everyone needs a little break.

Everyone needs a week to run and walk and read and listen…

….and to just be.

Thank you Florida for mine. 🙂

Love this photo.

It was shared by one of my favorite bloggers talking about how to photograph food.

Tips found here.

One of my favorite before and after kitchen posts.

I love that wall.

You can see the rest of the room here.

One of the best decluttering posts I’ve read.

I love the whys behind it.

You can read all about it here.

Spring is here.

The signs are everywhere.

Here’s one of the sweetest.

And in random news this week:

Sometimes this is enough

This home full of color

This pretty table

Interesting article on success

Fun summer DIY

Low carb summer treat

If you are thinking about starting a blog

Four poster beds have my heart

And to celebrate the warm days and long, lazy days ahead….

….this summer home tour

And one more for the road

A story about the most important lesson of all.

Be kind to yourself.

Take time for you.

Happy random Saturday. 🙂

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  1. Image for Deb Wostmann Deb Wostmann

    I missed your sense of humor this week, but you deserve to take a break. Sometimes the best weeks are just what you described and no one should deny themselves that. Recharge and breathe! Welcome back.....

  2. Image for willie willie

    I do believe in the directive......BE....STILL. Especially at this time of year when it is good to examine why one does the things they do. Especially in this age of the temptation of always being on-line. Sometimes it is revealed to us we have become too attached or too dependent on devices, affirmations from social media, other people's approval, food, shopping and spending etc......whatever it is you can't imagine doing without for a while. Just did a "fast" from such things for a 24-hour period last get my priorities back in line. There are good reasons for this, and it's not all about being busy, busy, busy and striving and attaining and achieving 24/7.

  3. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Good for you and I'm sure it was good for the family too. Every so often it is more productive to just STOP and look around! To think about who we are, where we are going and why; often to gain a new perspective or just rekindle the old one. So happy that you received a much needed reprieve from your usual schedule and were able to relax. That said: WELCOME BACK!! Thank-you for the always loved and entertaining Thistlekeeping!

  4. Image for Pat Miller Pat Miller

    That home tour of the Cape Cod beauty...Hold still my heart!! Gorgeousness to the nth degree!! Thank you for allowing us to peek at other blogs, as well! Glad you ended up RELAXING on your get-away! L O V E all your posts....

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    I think there's a reason why God created a Sabbath day. I know you take a day to worship, but I think one of the overarching principles is that we all need a break from routine. A chance to re-set ourselves. Glad you had that opportunity. Oh my goodness, the article about a mediocre life could have been written by me. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Image for Kathleen Sullivan Cockrel Kathleen Sullivan Cockrel

    Love this one so much. The trip was extra special because you and your amazing family were there. And that #11 center fielder? Wow. Hot stuff indeed. See you at the ballpark girlie! ?❤??⚾️✌??

  7. Image for Lynn Lynn

    Wish I'd known you were in coulda stopped by for some sweet tea and lemon bars! Glad you enjoyed our beautiful state!

  8. Image for Michele Riggsbee Michele Riggsbee

    I was beginning to get worried! I missed your posts this week. So glad you had a wonderful and relaxing time of being "unplugged"! What a lovely way to spend time with family, because if you were unplugged, they were too. :)

  9. Image for Cindy Roth Cindy Roth

    Those kiddos are going to be out of the house before you know it, and I'm finding that scheduling a vacation together, even when they are in college, is going to be tough. I'm glad you had unplugged time with them. We will all survive and you will be even happier and more entertaining from you rest.

  10. Image for Peg Peg

    Glad you were able to refuel, recharge, replenish and rejuvenate the old way!! You made memories for a lifetime!! : )

  11. Image for Julie B. Julie B.

    I was in FL 3/28-4/4!!! (This is why I haven't commented in a while... this, and then being hit with the flu as soon as I landed back her in So Cal. This is also why I missed an email from another blogger saying that I had won March's give away. :-( Womp, womp. Still waiting to hear back if, indeed, I responded too late). What part were you in? I was in Melbourne, and picked up some pretty sweet antique-ing deals! Love the links! Checking out Jamie's post on de-cluttering.

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