The Experiment: Day 108 ~ We Are Declaring Today A Day Of Rest…

Yes, this looks exactly like us but there are two more pugs in our picture. We are not worth a hill of beans today. The snow that we got on Wednesday is still frozen solid and it is COLD. The tiny heater I have next to me here in my studio is running and as it warms me I droop, I feel like I can’t keep my eyes open. The pugs are suggesting that getting in our big chair all snuggled in with a couple of blankets is the best possible plan for the day. I feel like I am being hypnotized, the cozy heat from the heater, 3 little pugs looking at me with sleepy eyes, I’m in such a pitiful state it just takes too much energy to turn my head to watch the birds at the feeders. Now, that’s just sad.

I’ve done all the things I need to do so far today, I’ve cared for the dogs, taken more food out for the squirrels, did a little bit of work here, meditated, and now, in this blog post, I am making this statement —


We mean it. My brain synapses stopped firing. They are frozen. I don’t have a single thing to write about, I can’t rustle up a single thought. I offer you my deepest apologies but it is what it is and it’s Sunday and we all need a day of rest.

This is mine. And the pugs. I will cling to my blankets like Linus and tuck a pug or three in here and there. Give yourself a break today, snuggle up with your furry companions and soft cozy blankets, take a nap, do nothing. Sometimes that’s the deepest wisdom there is. Do nothing. That’s us here.

Now relax, close your eyes, and…

… snoring…


The Experiment ~A 365 Day Search For Truth, Beauty &
Happiness: Day 1 ~ Introduction To The Project
“Do or do not. There is no try.”

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  1. Oh, I love that picture — isn’t that how we all feel some days.
    I too spend my days near a radiator (and, or a fire), under my electric blanket and with plenty of sweaters and shawls at hand. Sometimes I read, or listen to music, and sometimes I do nothing — it has been a lot of nothing lately. I’m a rather sanguine person, or maybe plain stupid as I always think that everything will be OK tomorrow. For the moment I’m waiting for that tomorrow to arrive with some energy, so I can comment more often. I do read everything you write, but my brain is on vacation and I’m not able to express myself.
    3 kisses,

    • Ah Darling Margaretha I’m glad you are staying warm! And I tell you it’s been so bitter cold here none of the ice and snow has melted since the big storm on Wednesday and I can barely get the dogs out. Today after I wrote this post I curled up with the three of them and we took a nap for 3 hours! I couldn’t even think to write a good blog post today. It’s like my brain is frozen so I understand! I appreciate you coming so much even just to read, it means a lot to me to see you here. Now you cover up and stay warm honey. I love you and yes, *3 kisses*!

  2. Even God rested on the 7th day! AND, you still wrote a blog. So take your rest, and awake inspired to break new ground, or stir the soup pot, or get up and put on reggae music and move your tushie!

    Tom and I offered a “100 days of Happiness Journal Challenge” at the UU church – a challenge we took together, some while back, when we wrote every single night for 100 nights in our happiness journals ( what made each of us happy that day.) after writing, we shared. it was a delicious and poignant experiment that kept us close. i had done a reading at the UU church about it, as part of a larger service, and the minister suggested we offer a workshop. We had twenty people of all ages. We all wrote (in books) five things that we KNEW made us happy (i.e, me: walking on the beach looking for shells, gazing into the fire, picking flowers from my garden to arrange in a vase, etc), and then one thing that happened THIS day that made us happy. We all enjoyed it so much.

    Now, having uncovered ALL the plants that had sheets on them — the freeze seems to be over — i am about to have my afternoon coffee and RELAX. YAY!


  3. Ha Ka well on this 7th day WE rested! We took a long nap snuggled up under 2 blankets. It has remained so bitter cold that none of our snow and ice have melted since our Wednesday storm!

    The workshop you and Tom did sounds just wonderful, I know the people must have really loved it. And glad the freeze is over where you are. We’re supposed to see 50 tomorrow and up in the 60’s by the end of the week so our weather will pass too thank goodness. I always miss snow but then I forget how miserable this cold is!

    Take care honey, I’m sending you a big hug and lots of love…


  4. Now you might understand why people who live in deep winter months have that urge to hibernate. The cold and snow do take time to get used to and to develop the stamina and drive to get out and do things in spite of it.

    Hope you had a lovely cozy day!

    • Ah sweet Joan I do indeed but you see I grew up in the midwest where there was a lot of snow. I learned how to drive on snow and ice. And then we lived in the mountains of Virginia and got a LOT of snow. We lived so far out in the country on 20 acres that there were times we couldn’t get out for days until the snow plow got way out to us. I know all about living in snow! Maybe since I’m older now and have lived here where we see snow so rarely my body has changed, I used to LOVE to get out in it, wasn’t afraid to drive on it, and would just GO! Now, like yesterday, I just want to burrow under the blankets with my snuggly pugs on top and go to sleep. And I DID! And it felt wonderful! I did indeed have a lovely day, thank you, I hope you did too! 🙂

      • Sorry Maitri. I did know you lived in Virginia before and momentarily forgot. I do think our bodies have to adapt to the cold again with each winter season and it seems to take longer as we age.

        • No worries Joan! And I think there’s something about getting older that makes a difference too. I’m much more sensitive to it than I was when I was younger. I remember trudging around with 3 young children in serious snow and it didn’t phase me, of course I was in my 30’s then! I think we’re more sensitive to temperature extremes when we get older. And then of course living here in Wilmington for 25 years, well, we just don’t see extreme cold that often. Now HEAT, ugh, our summers are dreadful here, but our winters are usually pretty mild. It’s in the 50’s now, the snow is melting, and we’re all breathing easier here!!! 🙂

  5. Oh Maitri dear I have been feeling like this for days and days. I put a blanket over me to warm up a little more and fall fast asleep. I take at least 3 naps a day, maybe for only 15 minutes, other times an hour. No apologies necessary. We can only do what we can do. I have courses to finish and other things to do. They will get done when the time is right.

    Much Love, Jean

    • Ah Jean I so truly understand. Since my depression lifted I don’t take so many naps like I used to but yesterday the pugs and I slept FOR THREE HOURS!!! It was as if I was in a coma! But it felt wonderful! Today it’s supposed to get in the 50’s and our snow will melt if not all today this week. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s by the end of the week!

      Cover up, stay warm, and enjoy your naps, they are so rejuvenative! I’ve got my blankets too. Let’s hunker down! 🙂

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