So often I seem to run through my days, focused totally on the task on hand and what needs to be done next.  I do try to take time to rest, often reading a book, or playing scrabble on my phone while sitting in my garden.  But even though I take little breaks, I rarely feel rested and rejuvinated.  I am exhausted by the end of the day, and often by lunch time.  

Then I happened upon a post by Havi Brooks of The Fluent Self which gave me a real "Aha!" moment.  Over on her Facebook (aka the "Frolicsome Bar") page, she shares things she experienced that day.  People comment and share things they experienced.  This made me realize that I had become disconnected from what I was seeing and feeling, and I wasn't experiencing life, I was just running through it.  So, I started taking time to actually notice things.  It has made a huge difference in my life.  I feel calmer, happier, and healthier.  More productive, too!  So thanks, Havi, for helping me to get off the treadmill and get my life back!

Some of the things I experienced this week:


 The Queen of Everything getting her catnip fix. 


The morning sun shining on the frosty grass. 

These beautiful little beetles on an old board lying beside my studio.  There were over 50 of them.  I wonder what they are?  They are the same size as ladybugs, but have different markings.


This lone hollyhock growing in patch of long grass on my way to the studio.  I just realized that it is still blooming after the frosts we've had, and that it has been sending up one blossom at a time all season. 

That odd creepy feeling you get when you know you are being watched.  

Also experienced:  
  • The cozy, contented clucking that a hen makes just after laying an egg.
  • An invasion of beautiful, ruby red dragonflies, and the tingly feeling in my soul when one landed on my head.
  • My gloriously messy studio
  • The sound of leaves falling
  • The smell of laundry dried on the line on a clear, crisp day.
What did you experience this week?  I would love to know - just leave a comment!