If not laundry…sunset



More work.

A cliché of fast-paced modern life, but that’s the way things have been for me lately. It’s also the reason I haven’t posted lately; why I’ve been away from my you, my blog world friends.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but  my family and I are living in a hotel. We’ve just sold our home of twenty-three years and are in temporary housing ’til our new home is remodeled.

This is quite a “hotel,” I have to admit—we have a suite with two bedrooms and two baths, living room and full efficiency kitchen.

The pathway between units at this Marriott Residence Inn, more like a condo complex than a hotel. Sorry this is a little dark, but it was dusk when I snapped this with my phone.

Being here is better than living in an apartment, at least for us. Every day, we get a great buffet breakfast, along with a modest supper on four weekday nights. Considering the meals and the maid service (they clean, make the bed, and even do the dishes!) I feel as if I’m on vacation. Finally, a true stay-at-home traveler, I guess.

Of course, this allows me to spend hour after hour doing catchup work on tons of tasks I had to neglect during the throes of our move. I won’t bore you with my huge list, but merely say the biggest job is preparing to do our income tax, gathering receipts and tallying voluminous data.

So much for excuses for my blogosphere absence. Back to the dirty wash.

During this heavenly hiatus from cooking and housework, dirty laundry never goes away. So, today, I trudged to the hotel’s laundry room in hopes of taking care of this chore.

The small but effective laundry room. Someone left a dryer door open, obstucting the view of the print on the wall.

Alas, every washing machine was in use. So, I left my dirty wash and detergent there  and proceeded out into the dusk.

A taste of the beauty of dusk on my hotel's "nondescript" street. (Again, a bit blurry, since taken with my phone.)

Thus forced to take a break from my workaday concerns, I went to the lobby, the place where the hotel provides afternoon cookies and coffee. I poured myself a cup and put two cookies on a napkin. The evening was balmy, so I took my little repast outside and sat at a table by the jacuzzi and pool.

The beginnings of sunset, as seen from beside the pool

I sat there, with nothing to do, at least nothing I wanted to start. I declined the option of beginning yet another income tax task only to have to interrupt it when the laundry room freed up. And so, I sat and let my gaze fall wherever it would land.

I scanned the poolside. My eyes were drawn to the trees overhead. Behind the branches swaying in the breeze, pastel pinks and blues, turning to lavender, painted the sky. The colors called to me from between the branches.

Sunset beauty, without even leaving "home"

I ate my cookies, sipped my coffee, and let my gaze drift where it willed.  Then I left refreshed, ready to tackle my work again.

Even the laundry.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather (and I know in many places, old man Winter is blasting a terrible chill), take a little break for yourself. You’ll be renewed.

And maybe–amid the mundane–you’ll experience the poetry of everyday life, the beauty of nature in balmy weather or in snow.

Bon voyage,

Rita Elizabeth


About RitaElizabeth

I'm a recently widowed wife and mother who loves to use ideas and experiences from travel to enrich my family's life at home. I blog to share ideas with you and to hear your ideas and comments.
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15 Responses to If not laundry…sunset

  1. So happy you’re back! If I had my wish, I’d forgo the laundry and opt for coffee and cookies and a beautiful sunset every day! Glad you found time to enjoy such a beautiful evening. Hugs, Diane

  2. Ruthann Nuzzo says:

    It’s a beautiful, sunny but cold, Sunday here in South Plainfield, NJ. Not a cloud in the sky. The icicles have fallen off the eaves due to the wind and I actually see some melting snow. Will it ever go away???? Guess the snow is good for all the Spring bulbs I planted in October. Can’t wait to see the little sprouts of green pushing up through the snow!
    It’s been a hard winter so far with more to come. Thank goodness for books and movies.

    Go Steelers!!!

    • Oh, Ruthann, how I remember the joy of the crocus poking up through the snow on the cusp of Spring! How long we waited for that!

      I’m glad you love books, as do I. I know with the movies and those good reads, you’ll never be bored. On the other hand, you might be a bit “stir crazy,” as my sister used to say.

      So, cozy up as much as you can in your lovely house. I’m thinking of you.

      And, too bad about the Steelers. Oh well, there’s always a next time.



  3. Janet Murtha says:

    What a wonderful interlude amongst the chores! We must all try to seek out those moments and enjoy them. Sunsets, free for the taking–and gazing upward it good for the soul. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Janet Murtha says:

    Correction: What a wonderful interlude amongst the chores! We must all try to seek out those moments and enjoy them. Sunsets, free for the taking–and gazing upward is good for the soul. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. I knew what you meant. Typos abound on my keyboard, too. (I almost spelled that “keyborad.” 😉

  6. Dear Rita,

    There are worse things than full washing machines that could force a “break” from work. I’m happy that you savored yours. Love the colors showing through the tree!

    Looking forward to the next post —


  7. kolembo says:

    Good read, GREAT title!

  8. Thanks, Tiffany, and good to see you here. Yes, I’m lucky it was only a full washing machine that forced the break. 🙂

    I feel lucky that machine was full since I seem seldom to find the time for a break.

    Hope you’re taking lots of breaks, too!


  9. Hi Rita,
    Did wonder about you and how things were progressing in your life. I note that no matter the situation, you remain positive and that is a wonderful trait and commendable attitude.
    Wisps of pink, mauve, and soft purple that serve as a back drop to the dark contrast of the tree is indeed contemplative.; I do like the mood of the dark tree with the soft hues of the evening sky.
    Take care and thanks for visiting my blog and as always your lovely comments.
    Kind thoughts

  10. kenny2dogs says:

    Can just see myself beside that pool, soaking up the sun and sipping fresh pineapple juice. I am a sun lover and find it amazing, how it effects my state of mind.
    Here in England I get so little sun, so when it does shine, I shine with it.
    Be well Rita, until the next time.

  11. Hi, Kenny,

    I’ve just gotta say, here in sunny California, it’s been cold and rainy for several days. When I go out the door into cold mist, water raining on my head, I just smile and think, “good English weather.”

    So glad to hear from you!

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