In moderate doses (just enough to keep you longing for the next time, but not too much that it’s considered Unadulterated Procrastination), there’s nothing more fun than being all languid and lazy in the morning when there’s nothing that needs accomplishing outside of the house. I’ve written articles, made phone calls (not always the social kind), read books, pampered and primped myself –all at a leisurely pace during that glorious time of the morning considered to be quite proper for lounging.
The hours for morning lounging aren’t set in stone, but are usually between 5:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for me. However, there are days when I’ll wake up at 4:00 a.m. just to catch the sunrise… (But this doesn’t happen in the middle of winter, of course!)
”A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars…” — Victorian Proverb
Here are some ideas on how to indulge:
♡ Find or make a refuge of your own… either a favourite armchair or a bed will do.
♡ Put a pretty nightie or robe on to swan around in. Shabby, common-place pyjamas will not do! However, there’s no need for every little detail of one’s appearance to be perfect. One simply has to find the fine line between being insouciant and being careless.
♡ Make a pot of tea, and bring it back with you to your refuge. A cup of it is a lovely thing to hold, inhale and drink. (My current favourite is DavidsTea‘s ‘Sweet Strawberry‘)
♡ While you’re at it, take the phone with you as well… answer calls all morning in comfort and luxury!
♡ If it’s still dark out, forgo the electricity and light some tea-light candles. Snuggle deeper into the blankets and drowse peacefully. (Place the candles someplace safe!)
♡ Read a novel, a cookbook, anything! (I’m reading an entertaining guide, ‘Celebrate‘ by Pippa Middleton at the moment –a review coming up later!)
♡ Now is also a good time to write in your journal. If you’re anything like me, you have hastily scribbled notes on scraps of paper about things you want to talk about later crammed into the first few pages. (Psst! I call my journal ‘Kitty’. Do you name your things?)
♡ Put some music on, or revel in the silence. When I’m in the mood for music, something by Vivaldi or anything classical is heavenly. Perhaps Haydn’s ‘The Clock‘ Symphony No. 101, Mov.2/4 –very appropriate, wouldn’t you agree? It is also one of my all-time favourite musical compositions.
♡ Watch a movie, preferably a light-hearted one with a happy ending.
♡ “Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.” ~Elbert Hubbard
♡ Do absolutely. nothing.
I’m pretty sure I made all these little ‘guidelines’ up just to elevate my laziness to a form of ‘art’, but whatever the reason, they are very important! It’s what makes lounging in the morning such a treat. 🙂
Morning Robe: Juicy Couture velour robe in ‘Angel’ ($90.00 down to $75.30, & then one final price adjustment to $45.19 –it is possible to be pretty on a budget!)
Headband: Tai via Liv by Au Lit, now Au Lit Fine Linens
Bralette: Wilfred ‘Mystérieux’ silk charmeuse bralette in ‘delicate petale’ (not worn, but shown because it would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, and because I am now officially obsessed with pretty lingerie…)
How do you enjoy your ‘nothing-to-do’ mornings?
— Miss Cathie