Monday, March 14, 2011

Why Don't You...


... turn off the TV more often?
... make a weekly tradition of family game night? Play old-fashioned games and eat simple foods like grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.
... wear comfy shoes and drag everyone out for a long walk instead?
... end the evening with a family read aloud? See my sidebar for lots of books that please adults and children alike.
... add a great audiobook to your iPod and get busy with a dreaded task?
... sit around a talk for hours?
... read some of those magazines you never seem to get to?
... get started creating that quote journal?
... challenge your spouse to a few hands of double solitaire?
... use the time to pray, do yoga, meditate, think, count your blessings?
... light a fire, sit around it, and reminisce?
... go through your boxes of old photos and just enjoy them?
... read, read, read?


The picture is one I took in San Francisco in 2009. I originally posted it here.

25 comments:

Jennifer Richardson said...

Love these cozy ideas
and the heart
they grew inside!
-Jennifer

One Woman's Thoughts said...

MMmmm . . . . what delightful ways to spend the hours . . .

It really is in the most simplest of things that we find the greatest joys.

Andrea said...

AMEN!!

Char said...

i've been reading up a storm this weekend

Scrappy Grams said...

Relyn,
I just arrived from Beth's "Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken." Guess what! She was talking about collection words! As I read her post, I decided that I needed a QUOTE JOURNAL. When I finish reading, I'm going to decorate a notebook and start collecting! Always love stopping by here. Thanks!
Oh, yes, your music choices are sooo soothing to me. Is this a gadget?
~hugs~

Amy said...

Such perfect ways to spend an evening ... sigh.

Claire said...

I often do. Lovely.

Cxx

Georgianna said...

Oh, yes, yes, indeed! Thank you for posting this, Relyn. So many enriching alternates to television. I ditched mine years ago and haven't missed it at all. Occasionally I'm out of the loop on the latest hot show but so what? I can count on one hand the TV shows that have actually made a difference to my life. Compare that to books, a walk in the forest or good companionship. Well, you can't compare them, actually! Wishing you a beautiful week, dear friend. xo – g

S. Etole said...

some I do ... some I need to

suzyQ said...

i love this. so many of these things i wish i would take the time to do... it's the simple things worth living for!

xoxo

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Reading is so wonderful and I love the idea of a read-along! Thanks Relyn for the inspiration!

xoxo Mary Jo

spread your wings said...

i do many of these. nice ideas for sure.

Star Child said...

I would do all those things, and more...

If only I could get certain others to comply...

Any ideas on influencing those who may be reluctant to join me?

Jaime said...

Oh, I would like to combine some of these...like, turn off the tv, make myself a gooey grilled cheese (haven't had one of those in WAY TOO LONG) and sit back and listen to an audiobook....I have never done that. Which is strange because I so love being read to. I really must do this...any good suggestions? Any favourite narrators? Because a bad narrator could quite possibly distract me out of a potentially really good book!

Rita said...

Good ideas to do instead of just watching tv! Thank you for the challange.

Patti said...

Love the ideas Relyn! I personally hate the tv- I really do- much prefer activities like reading, cross stitching,talking, music. I would have done well in the Jane Austen age or in Little House on the Prairie (except for the plumbing and hygeine issues)alit.

Jeanne said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKHjSA1Cf7Q&feature=player_embedded

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Sounds like a Spring Break list ~ Hope you're enjoying my dear!

Tracy said...

Oh, I love your Mondays, Relyn! Many of these I do already... Maybe I can get hubby to do a romantic game night for two?! :o) We hardly watch TV at all. We prefer a movie, usually during the weekend then there's time. A the moment we're listening Harry Potter audio books in the evenings--very fun! I knit while we listen. Hubby pets the cat...It's very cozy scene... Happy Week, my friend ((HUGS))

jackie said...

sounds wonderful.

Marilyn said...

Great ideas! Especially prefer reading to tv and looking at magazines is the very best. Hadn't thought about a Quote Journal, but great idea. I guess in a way I have one, as I keep them in a document file.

Bee said...

I've noticed that several of us have seized upon the quote journal, but don't we all need them? One thing about the blog world is that it exposes you to wonderful and inspiring words every day. I have scraps of paper all over my desk . . .

Oliag said...

I love these ideas...I really need to do the first more often...I watch way too much tv...

elizabeth said...

I started a quote journal this year! I have a suspicion that I will fill it just from the quotes I've already collected that are scattered here and there .. so I might need a second one. :)

Sounds like you're having a lovely spring break!

meandering pearl said...

i like this!!! ive been so busy but that email is coming :)

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