A Beautiful Day

Today was an absolutely beautiful day.  The sun was shining and it was so blissfully warm.  All I wanted to do was go outside and bask in it. The only problem was that I had this list…this really long list of things that I needed to do.   Ideally, I’d say that I quickly completed my list, then went out to bask in the glorious sunshine…but I can’t say that without telling fibs.

My blissful day turned out to be one of the most stressful that I’ve had in quite some time.  It seemed as though everything that could possibly go wrong, did, and I was constantly being tugged in a zillion different directions.  It was all I could do to hold myself together and not just burst into tears.  When things finally settled down, I was ready to kick off my shoes and call it a night.  Then I realized that I had one hour to make it the library to pick up my books needed first thing in the morning. 

With a sigh, I grabbed my keys and headed out.  The moment I stepped into the library, a calm feeling washed over me.  I gathered up my books that were on hold and then wandered around, browsing to see if there was anything else that  caught my interest.   It seemed as though barely five minutes had passed when an announcement was made that the library would be closing shortly.  Not quite ready to go home, I decided to make a quick trip to the grocery store. 

Now, I have a weird thing about grocery stores.  For most people, grocery shopping is yet another chore to be dealt with.  But I really like to go to them late at night.   I think it all started back in my waitress days when I would go shopping in the only place open after work.  For some reason, it made me feel like such a grown-up.   After the girls were born, the grocery store was a place I could go just to get some peace and quiet after they finally fell asleep at night. 

I thought of all this as I wandered up and down each aisle, having a text conversation with KT (who is home for a quick day and a half, but was off  spending time with her friends. Sigh…)   After about an hour, I was finally relaxed and ready to leave. 

I was still grinning from my chat with the checker as I walked out the sliding doors of our local grocery store.  The scent of freshly mown grass filled the cooling air, there were crickets chirping and the stars twinkled above my head, (Seattle seems to be overcast all year so seeing stars is a special treat.) I couldn’t help but feel happy and relaxed.  Today was an absolutely beautiful day…

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11 Responses to A Beautiful Day

  1. MikeM says:

    To me everyday is a beautiful day. If you knew where it came from, you would agree 🙂

    I have a new blog. I hope you come by and visit.


    Hey Mike, nice to see you blogging again, I’ll be over shortly to see what you’ve been up to.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    Oh, YES, on the late-night grocery store thing. It’s amazing how a place can feel so different due to the hour. I like to pretend I own the place.

    I also still have a dream of getting locked into a store–any store–some night, so I can try out all the stuff. ‘Cause, basically, I want to pretend my life is a movie.

    Oh, whoops. What were we talking about?

  3. amanda d says:

    I’m glad that your stressful day ended relaxing. I like to vacuum and I think it is because it drowns out all the sound and I can not think for a few minutes. I love the library, the stars and the sun too. When I got my daughter out of dance class yesterday it was 78. Soo lovely.

  4. Hilary says:

    Nice to know you could turn it around like that. Much better than dwelling on the negatives. Thanks for that reminder. 🙂

  5. I really enjoyed reading your blog. You really turned my day around. Thanks

  6. Lisa's Chaos says:

    You like grocery shopping?! I knew there was something weird about you. 😉

  7. Cazzie says:

    I am so pleased your day ended up wonderful. I LOVE the smell of books too! I als like to shop late at night when no one else is in the shops except me, alas, by the time I am done I am exhausted!

  8. Hi Susan, If I spent more than twenty minutes in a grocery store they would have to call the people with the white coats. I hate shopping..I do envy you..freshly mowed grass..we still have snow! How are the altered bloggy books coming alng?? Let me know when you mail them! Thanks! 🙂

  9. I get like that when I go to a bookstore. It’s restorative.

    Glad you had some time in your happy places.

  10. Nora says:

    I love libraries! And late night groceries! And I often put pressure on myself that days with nice weather should somehow “be” better. Bah.

  11. Coffespaz says:

    I love libraries/book stores!! They are very calming aren’t they? Glad your day finished as well as it seemed to start. What an extra treat to actually see the stars!! 🙂

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