Friday, September 28, 2012

Concentrating On The Now. . .




It takes concerted effort, but it seems to be working this time. With Andrea home (my "baby"), I have forced myself not to count the days until she leaves.

This feat has been accomplished by staying busy together, which has been so much fun. Paris, Paris, Paris of course, sitting in the gazebo with a glass of wine or a cup of tea. Dinners en famille. Tonight, because it has been chilly in the evenings, we will have a fire in the fireplace and a beouf bourguignon for dinner. I recently discovered a new coffee cooking chocolate which will be whipped up into a café mousse. Nothing like a low-cal French dinner, n'est-ce pas?

As always, Drea has swooped in and organized my life. We've done some serious closet purges. She does the, "When is the last time you wore this?" routine after which I put forth my argument about just because it's been years doesn't mean that one day I might regret the toss. She then places the negotiable object in the "think about" pile which we are to re-address after one night's sleep. Things are working out well.

She also suggested I apply the same discipline to my magazine collection.  (If they were made out of a more robust, weather resistant material they could probably build a large house.)

So, that's my story.

Thank you for being so patient with me and so kind and so lovely and for following and commenting --  you mean the world to me.

24 comments:

Deb said...

One of the most special parts of motherhood- adult daughters who love us and want to spend time with us. It is so wonderful to watch those little girls grow into strong, smart women. Enjoy every minute!!

Une Femme said...

I'm glad you've been having a lovely visit. And your boeuf bourguignon sounds delish! (We also recently did a major magazine purge, and can see our coffee table again...) Enjoy the rest of her visit!

rebecca said...

I ♥ your story - probably because it COULD be mine :)

James said...

Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you have this time with your daughter. You are to focus on the present and enjoy her company while she is with you.

Marilyn

Kathy Leeds said...

How wonderful to have your daughter there. Enjoy every moment and listen to her about your closet - adult daughters are always right about our clothing I've found. xo

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I just recently spent a few days with my daughter who I had not seen in over a year because they literally live on the other side of the world. The time was sweet, wonderful, too short....I completely understand!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.
I love that my daughter shares her thoughts on my wardrobe and she is a great judge of what looks good and helps me push that fashion envelope just a wee bit.

I used to hang onto magazines for years, now I share them with my friends and co workers as our wee bungalow has very little storage space.

Happy de cluttering!

NotesFromAbroad said...

I have a daughter just like me. She saves everything.
there would not be a house big enough if the two of us lived together :)
But I have a husband who likes to throw things out. He drives me crazy. He throws something out and sure enough, a month or a year later, he can't find it and needs it. (told you so )...
We are going to move again, I am packing and taking Everything.

Worthington said...

I know as the baby of the family, I try to 'help out' with Mom's clutter when I am home. So I can understand where your daughter is coming from. My Mom and I looooove our magazines! haha

sharon said...

je regret not having a duaghter...sign

That's Not My Age said...

Can you send your daughter round to my house?!

That's Not My Age said...

Can you send your daughter round to my house?!

Joni said...

Enjoy your every minute with your daughter.

BigLittleWolf said...

Oh, she's tough! But how helpful to have that reinforcement. (I would find getting rid of magazines just as hard as a much-loved outfit. I have difficulty parting with either.)

Enjoy your visit. Bisous et bon weekend à vous deux.

High Heeled Life said...

Enjoy your time with your daughter... you sound like not only mother and daughter but Friends ~ you are both so blessed to have that relationship with each other.

Had to laugh at your magazine comment, ... So happy that I am not the only one who holds on to so many magazines... xo :) c. (HHL)

Anonymous said...

I miss my daughters, but luckily they only live an hour away. It is very special to have one on one time with them as adults. The changing seasons of life take some adjusting too.
Karen

The enchanted home said...

I do not think I will ever be able to part with my beloved and very large magazine collection! On the other hand....precious time with our kids...its never enough, and I realize this as they get older, I just want to push a pause button.

Maggie said...

Okay, okay........you and your daughter (who sounds perfect) had are having a great time, but what about this new coffee cooking chocolate???????

When I google that term, only get recipes. Is this a baking chocolate you've discovered, or something else?

Wonderful blog and truly it's a joy to have a child that has so much fun with Mom!

ELS said...

Oh, how lovely. And how clever to have decided just to concentrate on now. And when you fall into your tiny stack of edited mags in one of your passed-muster outfits sobbing because she has gone, we will all be here with hugs and tea and wine and will fill your gazebo with love xxx

SE said...

So glad to hear the "staying in the now" is working, Trish. I plan on doing this for my daughter's next visit. She is also very organized and good with furniture arrangement- my bedroom was a tragic mess and we (she) completely overhauled it, creating more space. We are blessed!

vicki archer said...

Time with our daughters... that's the best, isn't it? Enjoy yours Tish... xv

Barbara Lilian said...

Loved reading about your time spent with your daughter. I know all about it, our daughter left to do her own thing & went to Canada, I'm so glad she found it too cold in Quebec & came back home to get married. Treasure your precious times you spend together. Enjoy your weekend.
Best wishes Barbara

playingwithscarves said...

Enjoy your time with your daughter. I am enjoying mine with my son who came back from college just for the weekend. They are and will always be our babies... It's so nice to treat them!
Have a lovely weekend!
All the best,
Anne

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...