I almost don't even know how to begin this post. It's so nice to be back after such a long hiatus. It's hard to believe that I didn't look at a single blog for 3 weeks. I've been slowly reintroducing myself to blogland. I can't begin to tell you how strange it is to get out of the city away from phones and the internet after becoming accustomed to having them in my life every second of every day. I think I was in shock the first couple of days, but when you wake up to this, it doesn't take long to forget all about phones, computers, traffic, shopping, etc.
I did not have an exciting time out there. What I did have was the single most relaxing 3 weeks of my life. Eric took care of all our obligations back in the city, and the only thing I had to do was focus on my health. Although it wasn't exciting, every day was different from the next, and it was exhilarating to wake up in the morning. I couldn't wait to go out and see what the lake looked like. Some days there was thick fog on the lake.
Some days were bright and sunny.
And it even looked different as the day progressed. It was pure bliss. I loved to take my magazines down to our float and read while the dragonflies playfully zoomed past me. Once and awhile they even took a break and to hang with me. I'm sure they were just interested in my Domino and Blueprint magazines, that I, quite literally, scoured at least 10 times a piece. After all, I do have a new house to decorate.
I don't remember the dragonflies being out there when I was young. It seems like the sort of thing I would remember because I've always found them so fascinating.
I was sick for most of the time I was out there, and I just promised myself I would listen to any messages my body was sending me about how it was doing. I took naps every day. Sometimes I took two naps in a day. Most of the time I worked on craft projects I could accomplish while lounging. I embroidered, knit a sweater, and got halfway finished with the never ending quilt. I'm SO CLOSE it's killing me, so I have to finish it this fall. It will be read for next summer if it kills me.
One great thing I was able to do was to experiment with cooking for my new diet. It gave me a wonderful sense of satisfaction to eat the foods I need to eat, and most importantly, to avoid those I need to avoid. After being there for almost 2 weeks, I finally mustered the energy to go out and gather some fruit so I could try out baking a crisp leaving out the offending foods. I picked apples and blackberries and set to work.
I had to use what I had available, so I just made up a recipe and used gluten free flour, and instead of using oats on top, I used some crystallized ginger and chopped walnuts. I was quite pleased with the results and will definitely be trying some other gluten, dairy and egg free recipes. I honestly didn't miss a single thing.
I recall one day when I was soaking up one of the last days of summer while out on the dock. It was silent except for the rustling leaves, and the tiny leaves falling from the trees and landing onto the lake. I just thought to myself, "this is what life is about". I kept telling Eric and I wanted to buy a yurt and live out there. I'm only half kidding. I don't think I could handle a yurt for full time living, but I was just trying to get the idea across. I think I'm just feeling a little tired of being so disconnected from the earth. I swear to you I am not a hippie. I just feel like I get so much value and satisfaction from these simple pleasures. I'm paying more attention to what I'm putting into my body and the affects of the world around me. I think my body has been trying to tell me to do this for over 3 years now, and I'm finally listening.
My time at the lake in September was one of the best times of my life. I will keep the memories close to me so I don't forget the lessons I learned while being out there.
And one more thing: Thank you so much for all of your kind, supportive, loving emails. Your comments mean so very much to me, and I'm so lucky to have connected with so many wonderful people. Thank you. xoxo