The Joy of Doing Nothing: Hello Spring Break!

Spring Break knitting on a Monday morning.

SpringBreakKnitting

As some of my students relax on different islands in the Caribbean and in Mexico, I have started my quest to do nothing at home this spring break. Many of my first and second graders inquired about my travel plans.

Here is how the conversation went:

“Where are you traveling to Ms. Pollard?” I am traveling to [hometown]. 

“You can’t travel there. That is where you live!” Exactly! I am traveling to my home. 

“What are you going to do?” I plan on doing nothing, zero, absolutely nothing! If I knit, that is doing nothing; if I read, that is doing nothing; and if watch my Roku, that is doing nothing. Oh, and the one thing I will do is talk to adults because I need to use bigger words this week.”

So, here is my first “nothing” activity: a golden slouchy hat. It has been awhile since I started a knitting project. I usually the energy or focus after spending my day teaching. That is why this feels so good. It is a moment for me to sit back, relax, and have unscheduled time. 

How do you slow down and unwind during your vacation?

 

 

Photo: Wind Chimes in the Storm

I love the moments right before a thunderstorm. I love the smell of the rain and the feel of the cool wind. Our weather in New Jersey has been interesting and unusual. We have moved from 80 degree days in December to single digit temperatures in April. This thunderstorm seemed so normal…and peaceful.

 

Looking from my porch towards the woods as my wind chimes are blowing

 

Looking at gray sky in the distance and pink tree

When Cats See Their First Snow

Black cat first snow

Cats have a way of showing you what to focus on and what to be amazed by.

I have a feeling this will not be his only snow of the season. He appeared so fascinated by the sounds, smells, and the “white stuff” inside our doorway. I even held him so he could see the wind blow outside the screen door during the storm

Sometimes I forget that my cats still have their “firsts.” His first was another moment for me to slow down and enjoy the beauty. Cat owners understand.   

 

Photos: Blizzard Jonas 2016

The snow is melting, but these images remain. My favorite is the bird on the branch. During the height of the storm, she remained on the branch sleeping, breathing gently.

I don’t know why I thought it was a “she.” Maybe I related to her resilience. She found her spot on the inner part of the branch. There she stayed as the storm gained strength.