Slow And Steady

I had one of the most productive days I’ve had in a long time this past weekend. But it wasn’t a hectic, running around, getting out of breath and all frazzled kind of productive days. Quite the opposite. It was slow. It was hazy. It was comfortable. It was soothing. Now, I’m not trying to toot my own horn at all BUT (that sentence really is like “I’m not a racist but…, hey?) here’s a list of all the things I got done on Saturday…(toot toot)

  • Read in bed for over an hour. Such a delightful way to start the day. I highly recommend it to all.
  • Tidied. And not just by putting related things together in big piles, leaving them to be systematically moved around the place when I need to access something they’re sitting on top of. I mean, actually tidying and putting stuff away, Mary Poppins style. ‘xcept I cannae whistle or sing.
  • Made bolognese for lunch. And yeah, okay, I cheated and used a sauce from a jar but I don’t care because it was delicious but also quick.
  • Put a load of washing on and hung it out to dry in the beautiful spring weather. I loved seeing a mish mash of vintage and retro patterned fabrics flapping about in the breeze.
  • Churned out some blog post ideas. I’ve had quite a few ping ponging around in my brain for a lonnnnng time. Feels good to get them down on paper!
  • Took care of my succulents and cacti by repotting and weeding them. Found some unwanted guests in one of my plant pots but also some self-propogated pups!
  • Visited my sister who semi-recently moved out. I even got cuddles from her kitten, Scout, which was a great way to relax and wind up the day.

Phewph! See what I mean? I was a Busy Bertha but not a Hectic Helga. Everything I did was something I needed to do but was also enjoyable. How lovely! Have you had a slow and steady day like this recently?



Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Carolyn

    I love days like that! Leisure time but also productive time. Very satisfying! I think doing something in the garden always helps – fresh air, easily identifiable results. I pulled out A LOT of weeds last weekend, and still snuck in some reading and a long walk. Felt very good *patting self on back*.


    1. birdandfox

      Yes! Exactly, Carolyn! Leisure + productivity = ideal way to spend the weekend. And yes, the time in the garden was the BEST. I think that was where I felt most productive. I’d wanted to repot things and get rid of those damn weeds for so long that finally getting it done felt incredibly cathartic! Sounds like you had a good weekend last week! Thanks for stopping by – I love getting a comment from you ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Isabel

    What a great day. I love that you read in bed for an hour in the morning. I sometimes do that, but not often. I should do it more. I’m having a bit of a day like yours today. Did my blog. Did my Chinese homework. Now gearing up to tidy and do the dishes (Mary Poppins style) and make a lemon slice and maybe go get a massage to wind down before the onslaught of another week in Nanjing. I love that new little cacti are called pups!


    1. birdandfox

      Yes, do! I find it makes me so calm and happy. Though sometimes I can read for a little too long (if that’s at all possible) and can fall back into feeling sleepy again :/ So I’ve gotta find the balance.

      Excellent! Sounds like a very busy but good day for you over there. Man, a massage would be heaven right now. In fact, you’ve just reminded me that I had promised myself a proper massage as a treat for finishing all the marking. Thanks Isabel! I’m super excited now – whoo!

      Haha yeah, the succulent pups are very cute by name, and by nature. I hope I can keep them going!

      Thanks for your comment, Isabel – lovely to hear from you as always! Hope you have a good week x


  3. Robyna

    I love those kinds of days! Full of nice things with nice people. Today will be a bit like that for me – markets with my best friend and (very excited) six year old this morning. A bit of playing/blogging/reading with my two year old right now and then off to a birthday party this afternoon.


    1. birdandfox

      They’re the best, Robyna! Your day sounds wonderful. Markets are always a great way to spend the weekend, especially in beautiful weather. And yay for fitting in blogging and reading AND playing with your two year old! Sounds most productive indeed! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by.


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