May 24, 2007

A Getaway~

Tomorrow starts the official Memorial Day weekend getaway traffic and rush in these parts! As I was driving to prayer this morning at church, I saw alot of RV's on the road going to a "relaxing place" and "getaway".

Was has been stirring in me in while we do not personally own an RV...Why couldn't I create a "getaway" here at home?

How would I start to do this?

I will start first with the rooms of the home~

The Family room is where we spend most of our time together for the TV is in there. While all of us are here at home, I turn off the TV during the day and put on some peaceful instrumental praise, Celtic or classical music. This is just so relaxing to here this music throughout the house. We have the ability to also have the music that is inside the house to be transferred over to the outside speakers that my husband installed last summer! This is such a wonderful thing, it sets such a peaceful mood outside in the back yard and patio, I use this so often especially as I'm weeding and watering the plants. The throw pillows are clean and fluffed. There are candles in their respectful holders, and fresh flowers are cut and arranged in some small bouquets on the mantle and side table and the clutter is cleared away.

The Kitchen needs to be ready also. The pantry filled with treats and healthy snacks. Alot of prep work done ahead of time: Making the potato salad ahead of time, cutting up the veggies and fruit for snacking and meals throughout the weekend. Marinating meat, chicken or fish also speeds things along. Getting the ice tea pitcher ready and making sure I have plenty of tea bags! I like to mix herbal tea ( blueberry/raspberry) with my regular tea bags and it makes a delicious blend.

With the Laundry done and put away this brings me to the Master Bedroom. Freshly laundered crisp sheets are a must. I have a few sets of 400tc sheets, they are heavenly! The bed made up and pillows arranged, the dresser has a few items on there, and books await the bedside tables, lavender essential oil is dropped into the fragrance rings on the lamps, so when they turn on, the sweet and relaxing scent wafts about the entire upstairs! There is one arrangement of some Roses on my side on the table to bring nature indoors, it is a subtle touch but one that I find so needed.

The Baths have all supplies replenished, and soft towels and bath accoutrement's await the luxurious relaxing soak.

The Patio has been cleared of all clutter, so one can enjoy the various flowers in bloom. The wicker furniture has been washed down and cleaned, as have the cushions. The BBQ has been scrubbed waiting for the meals it will cook for us. A few bouquets arranged on the tables outside, the vintage tablecloth is washed and lays gently upon the black metal bistro table waiting for dinners to be served. With the clutter gone one can focus on the beauty of the outdoors without any hindrance. The lawn freshly mowed and edged, the smell of sweet grass permeated the air, this spells Getaway, Relaxation, Respite. I didn't have to go anywhere to get it for its in my own backyard!

Blessings to you and yours and you prepare your home and family for your Getaway, Relaxation and Respite.

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Susan P. said...

Dear Mindy,this is absolutely one of the best posts you have ever written. I felt such a sense of peace as I read how you are going about making a "retreat" right in your very own home. You have such a wonderful and special gift of appreciating and enjoying the simple (but, oh so important) things in life. All of those little extra touches will certainly make for a most wonderful "getaway" for your family. After reading your beautiful descriptions you have inspired me to go and do the same! Thanks, sweet friend:o)

Maggie Ann said...

Dear Mindy,we all want to come over and spend the weekend with you, ok? lol. You have described a heavenly home. I'm not ready for the Memorial Day..but I could make some potato salad. Thanks for your visits and comments to me...its always a blessing to me. I'd better go and pack my hubby's lunch. bye for now...=)

Donna said...

I think your family is very blessed to have a dedicated homemaker like you. Your attention to detail is inspiring!

Dannielle said...

Sounds lovely!

I love reading your posts because you have such a way of putting joy and love into housework. I sometimes (often) need little pep talks like this!


Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I loved reading about how you make your home a relaxing getaway! Very inspiring! Thanks for stopping by the cabin Mindy! Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings to you-Claudia O.

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Kelley said...

Oh Mindy, what a lovely post!
Everything sounds so nice and relaxing and peaceful!

Wishing you a blessed holiday weekend!

Storybook Woods said...

Mindy, you are such a smart woman to make the most of your own home. We are celebrating at home to. My fridge is stocked with yummy food so my house is happy !!! Clarice

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I came here from Susan P.'s site recommendation.

What a beautiful blog you have!

(I knew anything Susan likes, I would probably like, too.)


Diane said...

Hi Mindy, I am new to your blog (through the link at Susan P.'s blog) and have enjoyed reading your encouraging post on making our home a "retreat"! Thanks for the inspiration! Blessings, Diane

Kelli said...

Mindy, this was such a lovely post. I am not a vacation/fight the traffic and crowds kind of girl. I love being at home and I loved all of your ideas for a getaway at home. So inspiring! Your home sounds so inviting and relaxing.

Lori said...

Mindy, Thank you for visiting my blog! It with much pleasure I write to say how much I enjoyed yours too! So calming,, soothing and a joy to read after a too busy day! Keep in touch as I will you! Lori

HsKubes said...

Oh, it sounds absolutely lovely! Thank you for this motivation. I am sure you and your family will enjoy the fruit of the labor that went into preparing.
Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Christina

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

Mindy, what a lovely post. I think there's nothing better than being at Home Sweet Home!

Mrs. Darling said...

There really is no place like home. I love candles and scented clayrings around lightbulbs. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Mrs. U said...

This is a WONDERFUL post!!!! Thank you very much for sharing this!!

Mrs. U

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Mindy, I am wishing your getaway was MY getaway! Things here have been in an uproar lately...much going on that I have not been able to post about. Suffice it to say...prayer has been our refuge!

Tracy said...

Sounds absolutely beautiful, Mindy! I'm glad to hear you had a restful Memorial Day weekend! :)