Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Getting nothing done, and taking all day

Joni Mitchell's Circle Game is playing at Passion Pie Café, and so am I.

My kind friends, Annie and David, sent me home to Paseo Del Rio with my arms and heart full of nourishment. And the mail they had collected for me. I had an enormous fresh salad last nigh with granola for dessert; nutrition is running amok through my veins this morning.

A camping neighbor invited me to coffee yesterday, and in chatting we learned we have mutual friends. We drove up to visit one of them, Barbara (and Katie). Okay, two of them. 


I'm an introvert. I was social yesterday, so naturally I'm exhausted. You extroverts, don't be insulted by us. We love you; if we're spending time with you, you know that's true. Then we need ourselves. We hope you see us as versatile, not insular. 

I chatted remotely last night with a good friend who declares she has stopped making plans. I said welcome to the fold, Sister. The less invested I become in what happens next, the happier I become. I must be pretty darned detached.

Weather here is perfect. Happy people walk past and remark "Beautiful day!" and, although I can't distinguish it from any other day I have spent here, I have to agree.

A lovely family camped next to me for the long Good-Friday-to-Easter weekend. There were a dozen of them, give or take (they didn't all stand still long enough for me to get an accurate count).  Abuela and abuelo, two sons, and their families. 

They noticed I was alone, not boiling water for coffee Saturday morning, and called me over. From then on, I was their mission. They just kept feeding me. It was especially sweet that they sent a different teenager over each time they invited me; the kids had obviously learned the language of hospitality. I tried to demur, and the boy said "But we have too much food!"

Even when I wasn't sitting with them, I enjoyed their happy noises next door. No scolding tones, no arguing, lots of laughing. Somehow they enjoyed each other for three days. Miguel (aged 8) asked me three times if I lived here every day. The last time he asked "Are you HAPPY here?" I assured him I was very happy here.

Phoenix bougainvilleas.

Life is good, but not photographable lately. Pardon my cheats.

Happy Earth Day! Splurge and enjoy Earth again tomorrow. It's on me.

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Sue Soaring Sun said...

You sound relaxed and contented, Roxanne. That's great.

Gaelyn said...

Love your life attitude.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Ah... The art of relaxation. Not making plans is a big part of that. For the most part, I feel I have perfected it (when I am by myself)

Bea said...

I love the header text. That's a situation I can quite easy recognize. Some people live a hectic life, always on the chase for - what?
I don't envy them. I think you are on the right path.

Sherry said...

I hope to do lots of of getting nothing done. It's wonderful. I don't have to work at it at all. Carry on.

Me and My Dog . . . and My RV said...

I know what you mean, visiting wears me out, too. Then today I shopped, got gas, did laundry, put everything away and made up the bed with clean sheets/duvet - I'm so tired I ache. But everything's done. How in the world did I do all this stuff and more when I worked full time?

Anonymous said...

I do enjoy people -- but to a point. Never was much for entertaining, or having big get-togethers. You're right; it's exhausting & I end up with a headache. I always feel llike I'm responsible for everybody else to have a good time. I really DO like people, I do, I do!

Linda said...

LOL! How can you argue with "but we have too much food!" :)

Earth Day was windy for us. 60 mph gusts. Fortunately, my hat has a string so I only slightly lost it a couple of times.

Nancy1340 said...

Here is a quote for you. "I don't like making plans for the day because then the word "premeditated" get's thrown around in the courtroom."

Dawn from Camano Island said...

What a wonderful day/weekend. One of my daughters-in-law is from Ecuador & she has the same warm hospitable spirit. I so admire that. The older I get the slower I like life. Loved your photos.

JO said...

Yes had big plans for this summer and here I am still in 90+ Tucson. But Sunday heading to Madera Canyon for a shake down and off. See how long I last up there it has a 14 day limit. If I can manage that then I will see from there. Not making plans just go.