Monday, August 19, 2013

Staying in vacation mode

You know you've had a good vacation when two weeks later you're still in vacation mode. That's me...relaxed, taking baby steps on a couple of projects that will dominate the coming year, and mostly spending my time on gardening and grandkids.

After all, the flowers in the sunny part of the garden were pretty spectacular when we returned from the lake. It's only logical to spend time admiring them, and also to care for them while the season is still upon us (Minnesota gardening is a short-term opportunity). Peter has been helping me reclaim more patches from the weeds and solidify our claim with bags and bags of mulch. It's work, but it's the kind of thing I did for fun back when I was employed. In my head it's exactly like being on vacation. 

Just today an online news-gathering service called MinnPost ran a story saying there is very little research evidence to show that vacations have lasting value. Studies seem to show that people walk back into the workplace and pick up the stresses pretty quickly. It happened to me when I was working; I hated feeling the tension and toxins returning to my system.

Now I have a book to write and a centennial celebration to head up--I'll tell you more soon--and there will be stresses. But I'm determined to build relaxation and renewal into my days, and to start every day being grateful instead of stressed. I guess that's what I learned on my summer vacation.

13 comments:

Chantel said...

A 'determination to remain relaxed' sounds about the best resolution possible. :) Your blooms are lovely, Bliss, and I look forward to details on your book!

Stephen Hayes said...

Your garden rivals Giverny. If only Monet were around to paint the beautiful colors.

Retired English Teacher said...

Well, then, I'm glad you went on vacation. We all need those kinds of lessons. I think when we are retired, we sometimes think that we don't need vacations, but we do.

I love your flowers. They look so bright and colorful, and cheerful. I don't know if I will ever adjust to trying to garden where the deer roam and the bunnies hop from one plant to next nibbling away at everything I plant.

Can't wait to hear about the book. Wow. Tell us more soon.

Jenny Short said...

I am just now relaxing in my garden. It took a while to unwind after being in Texas and flying back here to Holland. I'm almost normal again. I want to hear about your book. xo Jenny

Jeanie said...

It is great that the vacation mentality has stayed with you. Your garden is beautiful...it looks like a great spot for keeping your head in the right place. I will look forward to hearing more about your upcoming projects.

Ms Sparrow said...

It sounds like you have everything under control. I think the biggest stressor in the corporate world is that there is the constant threat of things getting out of control. The pressure of trying to stay on top of it can overwhelm even the most disciplined employee. You now have the luxury of time to smell all the lovely flowers.

Jeanie said...

Well, I can relate to the stepping back into the stress because I do that -- but I think the stress would be over the top without the occasional vacation.

Your garden looks great -- I know what you mean about MN having a short gardening season. Michigan too, although probably a TAD longer. But you are filled with green and color -- and what's not to love?!

I'm glad your vacation is lasting a long while and that you are enjoying this lovely season -- and that you have exciting projects on the horizon -- even if they are a little bit stressful!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Your gardens are lovely..such a pretty display..calming! I hope you can stay calm through all your projects! :)

Kc W said...

There is nothing better than gardening and grandchildren! Your flowers are beautiful -- glad you are taking the time to enjoy and share them!

Indigo Roth said...

Hey Nancy! Beautiful pictures! And yes on vacations! Indigo x

troutbirder said...

What a gorgeous garden. Liatris and coneflowers are two of my favorites. Hope to hear more are your book and centennial project...:)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

"BLissed-Out Grandma" has been included the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

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jshawflamm said...

Your flowers are gorgeous! I look forward to learning more about the book.

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