Sunday Traditions

IMG_2764{Watching sunrise from a high point within our development on Heathcliff. Look at Venus shining brightly in the east and I think that is Saturn next to her, simply gorgeous!}

Since, weekend living is moving indoors due to the brisk air and the sun setting earlier, I enjoy carving out a bit of time for myself, especially on Sundays to totally relax. Like many of you, I work very hard during the workweek. My day starts at 5:20 in order to be at work by 7:30 am, and attempting to utilize time wisely, I will prep meals beforehand so, that I am not cooking dinner at 8:00 pm. I for one cannot eat late, but would like to settle in to read or write before bedtime.

Saturdays is still a day of chores here at Heath until the garden is completely tucked away for winter or the house may need cleaning and there is always the washing of clothes.

But, Sundays is my day of rest and this morning I was up and out for an early morning walk at 6:00 to breathe in the freshest and coldest air yet. We had frost warnings throughout the mountains and several counties in Northern Virginia. The sky was filled with stars before sunrise and I was able to see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter along with the constellations Orion, Pleiades, Taurus the Bull and Cassiopeia. I walked for half an hour, listening to classical music, and made my way to Heathcliff to watch the sun rise, which was spectacular! Just taking these few quiet moments to watch this show was wondrous!

Relax stylishly,

The Abstract Art of Relaxation

IMG_0810{Sculptural fountains on Lake Anne Plaza}

Lately, I have been reading a myriad of articles on the benefits of health and the occasional “girls night out” with your BFF’s. Researchers have shown that women who stay connected and maintain close ties gain the advantage of a longer life expectancy; experience lower blood pressure, increased immunity and my personal favorite is experiencing complete relaxation over those who stay disconnected.

This weekend our “girls” group met at Café Montmartre a quaint French Bistro on Washington Plaza to discuss life’s problems and came away with solutions to global issues after a few sips of French Chardonnay and eating the most delicious food.  As we share mutual goals, common interest and feelings on most topics, this is why we get along so well. We have even invited new friends into the group and weeded out those who did not have our best interest at heart.

While a bit of stress may be good, and pushing ourselves on a daily basis to conquer the day seems right, there is nothing more fabulous than ending the day and carving out time for ourselves, in which to just relax!!!!


Today I spent down-time in the garden pulling  a few scraggly annuals from pots on the front of the house, and planted a few chrysanthemums to bring one last blast of color to Heath before the extreme cold. I also pulled the remaining pumpkins from their vines and strategically placed them around the house for added decoration.

IMG_0824{Dahlias and Pumpkins}

While rushing to meet deadlines for work or handling stressful situations will always continue,  but whenever possible… relax, in whatever way works for you, it is more healthful than you may realize.

Relax Stylishly!!