Not only is this my first-ever 10-day vacation, it’s my first-ever STAYcation. I have no plane to catch, no itinerary, and no map to navigate.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel. Earlier this year we were blessed with two fabulous trips: one to Mexico with another couple and one to the Dominican Republic with our whole family. Loved everything about both those trips and can’t wait to plan our next big trip.

But for the next 10 days, I have no specific plans. Nothing I must do. If it brings me joy, I will do it. The closest things I have for plans are:

  1. Doing what the spirit moves me to do.
  2. Going wherever the wind blows me.

The following are a few ideas of what I might do, but we will see how the next 10 days actually pan out.

The weather forecast predicts a few lousy upcoming days, but that’s ok. Rainy days make for the best naps. For me, a nap is a great luxury and l fully intend to nap often during this staycation.

Dog sleeping on bed with head on pillow
Like me, my dog Izzy has an appreciation for a good nap.

I started reading Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” on the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. I want to finish the book and then I hope the spirit moves me to apply her tips to at least our garage and my clothes closet.

Both my husband and I have an appreciation for a clutter-free home, and the garage has been bugging us both. I’m looking forward to tossing stuff we don’t need. It may sound odd, but I feel great joy when I clear unnecessary items out of my space.

So here’s how Day One played out.

After doing some reading and working on my blog a bit, I ended the morning by getting a hair cut. Karen has been cutting my hair for over a decade so we’ve come to know each other fairly well.

We chatted away and I enjoyed one of the simple things in life, a hair cut. Thanks, Karen!

Staycation activity

Then I helped the Activities Director at the assisted living facility where my parents live. We took several residents, including my parents, on a “Let’s Go Fishing” pontoon ride. My husband is a volunteer for “Let’s Go Fishing” so he was our captain.

It was a nice afternoon on the lake and everyone seemed to enjoy the outing.

Pontoon boat ride

I didn’t fit in a nap, but tomorrow is another day. Looking forward to the rest of my staycation!



4 Replies to “Staycation”

  1. Looks like you go to the Mane Flair. Leza has done my hair forever…..when I have the time and desire to get it done. Have fun on your Staycation!

    1. You’re right, its Mane Flair. Will see you later in my staycation. 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

  2. Enjoy your time Ellen. I’ve never had a staycation, but my house sure could use some decluttering.

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