One of my favorite things to do at the end of the day is to spend some time outdoors, enjoying the sounds of the night.
Last night, after dinner was all cleaned up and Sweetie moseyed on home, I headed outside to end my day on a quiet note.
I wandered down the garden steps, and ended up sitting in the hammock chair on the lower deck. I stayed there for quite some time, enjoying every moment of peace and tranquility.
The hammock chair was the very first thing I hung up on that first night in my home, when I arrived with a car load of belongings to 'camp out' at my house after the keys were handed over.
It was very early April then, and not even remotely warm up here on the mountain top. But, it didn't matter. I bundled up, grabbed a cozy throw and a glass of wine, and headed out to my swinging hammock chair.
I was just so happy to once again have a home to call my own, and I needed to spend some time enjoying it all alone.
I still like to do that.
When I have the house to myself, it brings me great peace to wander the gardens at dusk, enjoying the evening.
That's the reason I plant so many white flowers, especially ones that release their fragrance at night.
Last night was so peaceful! I could hear the sound of fireworks in the distance, but not too close to be a bother.
I had my very own fireworks show going on at my house....in the form of fireflies. It was the first night of the season that I saw so many of them, twinkling and blinking and lighting up the night.
It brought me back in time, almost like being a kid again.
It was also the first evening that I saw the bats swooping around at dusk. I had truly hoped they were still around, but I hadn't spotted them yet this season.
Do you know that a bat can eat between 600 and 1,000 mosquitoes and other bugs in just an hour?
Bats will always and forever be welcome in my gardens.
I stayed outside until the night got quite cool, and then headed in to wash up for bed.
Once in bed, I snuggled in to read an old copy of "The Best of Stillmeadow: A Treasury of Country Living" by Gladys Taber. I adore this book, and find it really helps to further quiet my mind before drifting off to sleep.
It was the perfect way to wind down and prepare for the week ahead.
What do you do to quiet your mind and soul at the end of the day?