I know there are a few people out there that must agree with this. The word ‘Staycation’ is partly formed from vacation right? Am I correct on this? I am not mistaken, am I? The meaning of it being partly vacation is somewhat of an illusion.
Case in point- as it works out I have more holiday days to use up in a year from my 9-5 job than my Hubby does. Sounds great doesn’t it? Free time to roam and explore as I wish. The wind behind me and I am off to where ever the next adventure takes me! Ahhh… sandy beaches, cool breeze coming off the water as I bask in the heat of the sunshine. What what is that? An appointment reminder? Oh, right. That was the only time I could get in (as my daydream is disrupted). Oh well, 9 more days of open nothingness.
Deep breath as I check the calendar. Let’s see what is going on with the family. Firstly, my retail manager Hubby’s schedule. Goodness. That is all over the place (which is normal).
Okay let’s assess. Long weekend I am on (part-time single parent childcare – he hates when I call it that, but really it’s true). Which means Saturday and Monday it’s show time Momma!
Saturday is planned for some yard work. Positioning some trellises to further support the grape vine canopy after deciding to extend it the length of the brick patio area. A good call by the way, as it makes the area look fuller and provides some additional shade below. A great escape from those hot summer days. I set up the supports and attach the lighting and as a surprise we are in business for dinner! A little help from my partner in crime that is until she decided to peace out to the patio and put on a little concert of her own.
Sunday we are all off together which means an impromptu trip to the beach as a family to soak in as much summer as possible. Packing and unpacking is getting more efficient, however I do succumb to stopping some where for dinner as the heat has taken it’s toll on my energy level.
Monday maybe a shopping trip to gather items for my daughter’s big girl room that we are plotting out with specific input from her. Good thing she is apt to letting us know what she likes. It was a fun day that included a joint nap which I will take any day of the week and for as long as she will let me.
Tuesday I some how get roped into laying sod in the front yard. It’s my Hubby’s day off and his idea to remove the wood chips that surround the cherry trees. You just unroll the sod so really how long could that take? Well removing the chips was super messy and an I really glad they are gone. The 30+ heat is here all week, including ‘sod laying day’ so I guess I got the sun part of the day dream. This continues all week as I am now watering the sod to fight the heat.
Wednesday flies by. I have from 9-5 to my lonesome to run, write, sun brew some tea and meddle around the house. Head space is back and a moment to breath and relax a bit is here.
*Insert mid week break here. Breathing room and now onward.
Thursday and Friday morning I don’t really get much done. Hubby is milling about in the morning and I plan my escape to the patio. If I stay quiet enough maybe he won’t find me. The long awaited appointment has been kept. The evenings are full with dinner preparation and girl’s night as Hubby returns home from work just before bed time.
Saturday is Victorian Tea for 2 as I head out with my favourite sidekick. Any excuse to put on a fancy dress and she is there! Pinkies up. A quick nap and preparation for dinner guests to arrive later that night.
Sunday is family time and we plan dinner together and soak in the week that was. Brunch is always on the hit list of things to do.
And that is 10 days of Staycation – I honestly think that working through it may have been a bit more relaxing, but the scenery of the house makes up for it. There is no place like home and no other way I would enjoy it.
The bonus is that I was able to create this refreshing libation and want to share a piece of the best staycation moments with you.
Strawberry Lime Pisco Sangria
Vacation or Staycation whichever it is find a patio and a glass of refreshing sangria.
- 1 bottle of white wine
- 1/4 cup pisco
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 can tonic
- In a large pitcher combine the white wine, pisco, simple syrup and lime juice and stir.
- Add in the slices of line and strawberries.
- Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
- Add tonic just before serving.
- Pour and serve over ice.
*must be legal drinking age to enjoy this cocktail. Store unused lilac simple syrup in the refrigerator.