Simple Pleasures… Feeding Your Soul!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

As I shared with you earlier, I was recently asked to give a presentation that related to mind, body, and soul. I have already shared with you one of the ways that I feed my soul…CANNING!  Each of us are so busy and struggling to find balance in our lives. How do we accomplish this is the question!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

I must confess that I “live by the list”! I have always been extremely organized (perhaps to a fault), and I find that sticking to my list helps me accomplish all (or at least most) of what I want to get done.

However, I do have lots of things that allow me to escape the “busyness” of my life!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

Over the next few weeks, I would like to share my thoughts on how my passions feed my soul and help me to find a joyful balance in my busy life! I will start with my passion for reading!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

One of my favorite and most cozy spots at Chestnut Cottage is my library!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

I love being surrounded by my books…of which I have many! Books bring me immense joy and reading certainly helps me escape from my “busyness”!

Recently, I have become addicted to English murder mystery writer, Elizabeth George! Several months ago, I picked up her latest book, A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

I was immediately hooked!! It was the latest in a series of the Inspector Lynley series. I have never been drawn to murder mysteries, always preferring historical novels. But once hooked on this series, I went back to the first of this series involving Detective Inspector Thomas “Tommy” Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers of the New Scotland Yard. I am currently reading installment eight!

At  some point, I would love to  get a group together for a book club, however, at this point my schedule and priorities don’t allow this. If you remember the Study in Pink chapter in The Collected Tabletop  is about a book club luncheon…just think,  a book club would provide endless entertaining opportunities!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

Another way that I think we can care for ourselves is to pamper ourselves! Be that a nail appointment, a facial appointment, a massage, or just a relaxing breakfast in bed…we must  feed our souls!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

Another of my passions that certainly feeds my soul is what I call….PORCH SITTING! For so many years, most homes in most neighborhoods had porches. Neighbors gathered on the porch to visit and just relax. Sadly, I think we have gotten away from “porch sitting”! NOT ME…and this summer, I have indeed done my share of this relaxing endeavor. And, I have combined it with reading and with canning activities…such as bean stringing. How relaxing it is to enjoy a nice glass of wine or champagne or a gin and tonic on the porch after a long day at work.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

And when we are at our lake home…there is lots of “porch sitting”!

I always try to design my projects for clients to include a venue for “porch sitting” and porch entertaining.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

Stay tuned for more of my passions that feed my soul…and perhaps might feed yours!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents simple pleasures of life

xo Kathryn

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10 Responses to Simple Pleasures… Feeding Your Soul!

  1. Shari Watkins says:

    This has to be one of your best posts. Porch sitting is a favorite activity of ours, especially in the lovely, late summer evenings. Beautiful pictures…thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE “porch sitting”! But in South Texas, we can only do that in the winter since it’s so hot, humid, and mosquito-y in the summer. I keep re-doing my small front porch so I can sit out there, but my dogs keep tearing it apart. I don’t think they like pretty! So I will most likely be re-doing it again for the fall.

  3. franki says:

    Oooh, the Inspector Lynley series was on our PBS channel…it was most exciting!! Had to smile about your “porch”…I luv sitting in my swing in the gazebo looking over the water…and…now I have a “bubble maker”….fascinating how they follow the air currents, bounce on the water, etc….oh, dear…is this my second childhood speaking… Canning…not so much. franki

  4. Kathryn Greeley says:

    I really want to see the PBS series after I have read the books! Oh yes, porch sitting is the best!

  5. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Oh I bet “porch sitting” is a real hot endeavor in Texas!

  6. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks Shari, glad you enjoyed…stay tuned!

  7. Barbara Hyatt says:

    Your simple pleasures are the best! Lovely pictures that soothed my soul just seeing them. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Just happen to be sitting on my back porch as I enjoy your latest post. Perfect way to spend a spot of time on a beautiful summer evening. Thanks for inviting over. Cherry Kay

  9. Kathryn Greeley says:

    I totally agree!

  10. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks Barbara!

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