I was inspired by Alison May's BroconteHome e-book (on Amazon) called Scrumptious Treats for Vintage Housekeepers to think of ways to reward myself when I've accomplished the necessary work of the day.
I guess it is human nature that we enjoy having something to inspire us and something for which we can look forward. Mine must be easy and cost little or nothing... and most likely reflect more solitude than a home with lots of children. ;)
Here are my current ten Puttery Treat rewards...
The first which came to my mind was my
Friday night ritual when (most of the time), PBS is showing a few
episodes of my favorite British comedy.
While I also enjoy Masterpiece
Theater once in awhile on the weekend, Friday nights are when I need to
bring my pillow to the sofa... place some snacks on the coffee table...
perhaps brew a little pot of tea... and enjoy.
I think of Friday nights during the week when there is more to do
than I have resources to accomplish... mental, physical, financial,
emotional, or all of the above.
The second would
be when I pop a favorite movie in the DVD player, one I've seen over
and over... along with a stack of eye candy magazines (I keep my favorites
forever!), and pop some popcorn. The popcorn I share with hubby but
not the sofa.
A definite third reward
type treat is to bake chocolate chip cookies and allow myself to eat
three or four after a meal and with a glass of milk. Yes, I can
do this by taking extra insulin and being very careful what I have for
the meal... but not very often, of course.
I think the fourth would be a kind of
preliminary reward in the summer for it is taking my Bible and
favorite inspirational reading out to the deck with my first cup of
coffee in the morning (and my second, and perhaps a third if
necessary). It has to be in the early morning before the heat sets in
but what a wonderful way to start a day.
On those rare cool rainy days this year, the fifth would
be to tie a favorite apron around my waist and cook something or bake
something or assemble something... delicious. Perhaps after perusing
some favorite cookbooks for inspiration.
The sixth is possible when I have a little extra money in my pocketbook, when I can spend an hour or so looking through my favorite thrift stores or antique mall for inexpensive treasure... or head to the farmer's market on Saturday morning.
The seventh reward treat may be perusing my
scrapbook journal and without condemnation to myself that I haven't
worked on it for awhile (although mine does have the garden notes
in it this year). Sometimes I get inspired to add to it... other times
I just enjoy.
Hmmm... what can be number eight? I would
say rereading a favorite old book, even if I have a stack of other books
to read. It is like getting a warm hug from an old friend.
Speaking of friends... number nine would be
meeting a friend or family member for coffee. That doesn't happen
often but when it does, I thoroughly enjoy the time we have together.
My number ten summertime "reward for work
completed" treat is to click on Google Reader and read through blogs I haven't read for awhile. Sometimes I will just peruse decorating blogs as one would read Victoria or British Country Living.
There is probably more than ten but these are what popped into my thinking at first. I am certain if asked a year from now, some items would remain and others would have changed.
I'd be interested to know what you reward yourself with for a job well done. :)
Picture: Afternoon Light by Susan Rios