Unwinding with Nature

As a work from home mom I no longer have a predictable “quitting time” per say.

Overall, I don’t miss working a full time job but there are aspects I do miss.  Quitting time and the twenty minute drive home listening to NPR and letting go of work for the day was definitely one of them.  Actually even after I became a mom, coming home to child care didn’t seem like work the way it does now that I don’t have that separation.  You know one of the funny little things I miss?  Someone emptying my work trash can everyday!

Even though my work and home life is a lot more blended and my schedule less predictable I still do have respites here and there.  What do I like to do during these times? First I like to do a quick clean up.  I really enjoying being in my house so much more when it is tidy.  After that I love to go outside if it’s nice and make discoveries in my yard.  My yard is not very big and probably not exciting to most but honestly I see something new almost every time!

Why just today, I saw a funny little mushroom and as I was taking its picture I saw a little mouse scurrying around under a nearby tree.  I like mice when they are outside!

Then I saw these leaves and they reminded me of Swiss cheese.  The round cut-outs look like bites or the work of leafcutter ants but I don’t think we have those around here.

And this is the most interesting discovery.  Off on the edge of my backyard is a very large squash plant growing and I don’t even have a garden!  I wonder how it got there.  Maybe an animal dropped a seed.  I wonder if the animal will be back for his squash!

After I photograph my little (or big) finds I love uploading them to my computer and making further discoveries!

How about you?  How do you unwind when work is done.  Please share!

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This post in inspired by and linked up with Maui Shop Girl’s “Pau Hana” photo challenge.

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Doodles and Jots


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  1. wow what great treasures you found!
    To unwind today I collected leaves, acorns, twigs and berries and made a fall wreath for my door. My husband and I took a long walk in the neighborhood and met a nice neighbor gardening. Now we are hanging up pictures on our bare walls in this new home…getting ready for a party this weekend.
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  2. I love your nature photos. It’s cool to see the transition your blog has taken- I think since you got your fancy schmancy camera…. I laughed at the squash discovery. It’s so fun to make these surprise discoveries in the yard. I hope we get to see more pics of the squash as it grows.
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  3. Love the new look! I’m struggling with planning my blog design (which was supposed to be done like 9 months ago!). A graphic artist, I’m not. I know what I want but need to figure out how to execute.

    Beautiful pics (as always!). It must be hard to not have that physical separation. Like you, I enjoy listening to podcasts or audiobooks on the drive home. By the time I get home, I’m not thinking about the work day. Running with my late german shepherd used to be my “transition” activity. I do wish I could work at home so I could take little breaks of appreciation as you’ve done.

    Mahalo for linking up!
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  4. Love the pictures. Isn’t it fun to find those unexpected treasures. I have a plant I let grow because I was intrigued by it’s large arrow shaped leaves. I still don’t know what it is, but it is interesting to look at.
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  5. What beautiful finds; those leaves especially! I can relate with you about tidying up the house a little everyday. I like to change the decor here and there or I get bored living in the same kind of space…
    I know for sure that if I had a yard, I would spend most of my winding-up time there, like you! But, since I don’t have one, I like to stand in my balcony that oversees a vast open green land. In the evening and at night, I love to see the city lit up, the stars in the night sky and the noisy sounds of the insects. During rains, its all the more beautiful…
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