Sunday, June 8, 2008

Lazy Sundays

by Jeanne Adams

Have you ever just wanted a lazy Sunday? You know the kind, read the paper, take a shower when you feel like it (or not) and just "veg" a lot. No schedule. No baseball practice to run off to at a certain point. Nothing bookending your day that you absolutely HAVE to do.
Read. That's what I want to do on a lazy Sunday. And not the paper. I want to dive into a book, prefereably one of my fellow Banditas or another favorite author, and just revel in the joy of not being in my house with the dishes and the laundry. Ha!

My husband would prefer to lie in the hammock reading the paper or watching sports, perhaps both at the same time. He likes to read, but it frequently puts him to sleep so he often listens to books on tape when he's commuting. He doesn't want to commute in the hammock. So, sports or the paper.

We had a party yesterday at our house, a party full of laughter and kids squealing in fun (we were crazy enough to get a water slide and it was 101 degrees farenheit), so the party was a hit with adults and kids alike. The kids, for obvious reasons, the adults because the kids were occupied and they got a chance to act like, talk like and, well...BE adults!

Now, I'm ready for a lazy Sunday.
What about you? What do you do on lazy Sundays? What's the best way to spend a "veg" day at your house?


p226 said...


I hit the blog. I see "Lazy Sundays" as a title, and no blog body.


The GR and I are chillin' in the sun with a bottle of Jack, lobbing pellets at a steel spinner target from an airgun.

Lazy sunday indeed.

Cheri2628 said...

Gee, somebody feels even lazier than me! LOL

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Yeah you, P226! I didn't get lazy on posting the post, really. Sort of. Kinda.

Well, it wasn't laziness, it was the coma I fell into after the party.

And no brain cells.

doglady said...

Okay you slackers! I am getting ready to move a 4 foot tall refrigerator down the driveway that even the UPS man won't drive down into my house because my 1957 Kenmore FINALLY gave up the ghost. They don't make 'em like that anymore. I bought one of those European/apartment style fridges because I have vowed no major expenditures until after San Francisco!

So, you lazy Sunday enjoying slackers get off your rumps - that means you too Golden Boy - and come down to Alabama to move a fridge in 96 degree heat!!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Cheri2628!

It IS a lazy Sunday, isn't it? How hot is it where YOU are?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Doglady you slave driver! Wow on the 1957 Kenmore. Amazing.

And in 96 degree heat. You go girl! (Can we get the gladiators to do this job, Joanie? Their used to the heat)

We can blow the waterslide back up...a reward for moving the fridge.

doglady said...

Oooh, Gladiators! Nice, shiny, sweaty Gladiators. I need to buy more appliances!

Yes, Jeanne, this old fridge has really been a great one. It has moved around with various family members and really worked well until a few days ago. I will be sad to see it go. Like my brother said "Man, that fridge is older than you, Sis. He's like the older brother we never had." Yes, my brother is weird and LOVES to crack on my age as I am the oldest sibling.

That slip n slide sounds wonderful! I have to go out and refill the kiddie pools in the dog runs as it looks like they have splashed all the water out. Again! Sometimes I think they do it just so I'll come out, scold them and put cooler water in them!

jo robertson said...

About time, p226. The rooster was getting soft what with pina coladas and cabana girls. Man him up, k?

LOL, Jeanne, no commuting in the hammock? Those books are tape sure help on long drives.

I'm a Sunday kinda reading girl too. Right now I've got 3 books going -- YOUR Dark and Dangerous, Brenda Novak's TRUST ME, and the new Jack Reacher book. I do love me some Lee Child. And in the queue are Beth's Not Without Her Family, Donna's Trouble with Moonlight, and the latest JR Ward.

Yikes, I need a year of Sundays!

jo robertson said...

Pam, my heart goes out to you. If I weren't 3000 miles away, I'd give you a hand.

Hey, they say that Magtag lasts forever, but Kenmore has always been the appliance of my heart. My frig is perfectly good, but I keep nagging my husband for a new one with an ice-maker. I do love lots of ice with my Pepsis, hehehehehehe.

Jeanne, glad you survived the rockin' party. Jumping in a cool pool sounds heavenly.

p226 said...

Oh! Now there's an actual post!


I thought the blank post was ... well ... a commentary on the laziness of Sundays. It would've been effective that way you know.

Having a truly lazy Sunday annoys me. I'll usually wind up at the range or something. Being around the house doing "nothing" is not for me. It usually takes about ten minutes for me to start going stir crazy. Like now. I should go somewhere and do something...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Doglady, funny about your brother. Grrr. Brothers. :> Then again, I'm the youngest, so i get to rag on them.

I had an old lady Dalmatian who would spend her entire summer wet because she'd be in the baby wading pool as often as I'd let her. Or, she'd stick her entire head in the 6 qt. water bucket, all the way up to the neck and blow bubbles. It was a hoot, when it wasn't annoying the doodle out of me.

As to cool water, they're replacing the in-ground water pipes in our 'hood. The temp pipes are lying on the surface of the street. Yeah. 101 degrees yesterday meant NO cold water. Urg. So much for cooling off in the shower!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Jo! As fast as you read that won't take a year, now will it? I've got to pick up some Jack Reacher, that's the second time I've heard it mentioned. Sounds good! And the AC's working...ahhhhh!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey, P226, you know me better. I have to chat. No blank posts. I just had an itchy trigger finger on the post button. Ha!

I know what you mean about getting restless. I can only laze if I've been 90 mph with my hair on fire for several weeks on end, like now, and behind on my reading. I'm craving some "away" reading time.

Otherwise, I'm usually hunting up projects 'round the house.

PJ said...

It was 100F here in upstate SC yesterday and is supposed to go to 101 today. The neighborhood pool already feels like bath water and the air quality is so bad this weekend that I can't stay outside more than about 5 minutes.

On warm (not scorching hot) summer Sundays I love to laze in the hammock with a great book and a tall glass of ice cold lemonade. I usually have the radio on unless it's breezy. Then I let the wind chimes provide the music. Today I'll be lazing inside watching college baseball (GO Noles!), doing laundry and writing book reviews. Oh, I have fresh strawberries in the fridge so maybe sipping on strawberry smoothies too. :)

PJ said...

Jeanne, sounds like a fun party yesterday. So fess up, did you take a spin on the water slide too?

PJ said...

Doglady, that's one amazing refrigerator!

I've been holding off getting a baby pool this year since we're in an extreme drought and supposed to be conserving our water. If we continue to have temps this high though I'll be saying to heck with it and getting one anyway. My little black haired Cassy deserves some cool summer fun!

Joan said...

Er, sorry Doglady, D and the boys are already booked for this lazy Sunday. Since I got a "bonus" day off I've decided to go shopping. The boys are going to help carry packages.

You can't tell from the scowls on their faces, but they ARE excited. Really.

When I get home I'm diving into Jeanne's Dark and Dangerous. Started it this morning and I have one word....Wow!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oooh, PJ. I'm comin' to YOUR house. I lived in Western NC for a long time and I know the Upstate well. Hot there is just plain HOT. Yeah on the strawberrie smoothies. Yum

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

PJ, I did indeed take a spin on the slide. Pre-tested it, you know? Grins. Can't let the little kids have all the fun. :>

And I'd get the baby pool for Cassey despite water restrictions. It's already a hot one and it isn't Summer yet, officially!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Yeah, Joanie on the day off and the shopping. Scowling gladiators not withstanding, it's always an adventure. And I'm sure you and your entourage make QUITE the statement in the local mall. Nothing like being followed by several large, hunky scowling men to make you feel like a diva. Grins. We're going to start calling you Joanie T Diva. Heehee.

And thanks for saying Wow on D&D. :>

Jennifer Y. said...

This lazy Sunday is going to be spent reading, watching NASCAR, and trying not to pass out from heat exhaustion. It is TOO hot here.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Jennifer Y, you just be lazy and enjoy! This kind of heat doesn't lend itself to work of any kind. :>

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Alas, no lazy Sunday here.

I got my galley proofs on Thursday and they must be back to the publisher no later than the 18th. So my lil nose is buried in the most beautiful pages I've ever seen! :-)

Doglady, I KNOW what you mean about the Kenmore fridge. I had one for about 19 years and it belonged to my then Mother-in-law for at least 10 years before she passed it along to me. It was scratched and dented but worked like a charm! They really do NOT make 'em like that any more.

who has never owned a new fridge in her entire life

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey AC! Congrats on getting galleys. It's another one of those cool milestones, isn't it? :> You see what the pages will actually look like. Wait till you get your cover flats. Especially as gorgeous as your cover is.

Had to laugh about the hand-me-down fridge. The DH an I bought our first new one 2 weeks before we got married b/c the one he'd had for 25 years up and died on us. Hard to believe that "new" fridge is nearly a decade old now! :>

Cheri2628 said...

Well, it is 95 humid degrees here in GA., so I feel VERY lazy today!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Ugh, Cheri, I can't believe its hotter in DC than in GA. Bleeeech. Muggy here too. It stormed again last night but that didn't bring any relief, just made it hotter.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, P226, aren't you pushing the rooster out into the wilderness to do manoeuvres? He won't believe his luck if you just let him sit around drinking all day!

It's a public holiday here today - Queen's Birthday (we're the 9th already). I need to do some work, sadly. And yesterday, I was hoping to work but I made the mistake of picking up a great book and that was the end of anything constructive.

I highly recommend WHAT ANGELS FEAR by C.S. Harris. It's a Regency mystery by the woman who used to write great historical romances as Candice Proctor. This is the first of her mystery series featuring a very dashing viscount called Sebastian St. Cyr. Her second St. Cyr book is up for a RITA, I think. I'm not surprised - this was fantastic! And he's a really compelling character.

Hmm, this seems to have turned into a plug. But seriously, I couldn't put this down. Well, I had to because I had to go out in the afternoon, but believe me, I didn't want to!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Anna! Happy Queen's Birthday to you. :> I'm presuming that's QEII, right? She's so well maintained for her age that its hard to fathom that she's 82 already. I thought her B-day was in April, though. Is this Victoria's b-day?

I'd heard about the St. Cyr books and want to read them

Jane said...

Pancakes and bacon would be a great way to start off the lazy Sunday. I would then proceed to lie on the couch and watch baseball, tennis or whatever sport or movie is on tv. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Jane!

Yum. Bacon and eggs and lazing on the couch. Yep. That's a good Sunday recipe to me. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Well, pancakes too, I guess. I just realized you didn't say eggs. I just added that out of my own fertile imagination. I love breakfast adn frequently have it at all hours of the day. Ha!

Susan Seyfarth said...

Hey, Jeanne--congrats on surviving your massive party yesterday! I totally need a lazy Sunday, too! We were out of town for the better part of two weeks, then came home to throw a birthday party for my five year old, followed up by a bbq for the families of our guests. Then it was straight into another work week, & now we're finally having our first lazy sunday in months.

And what are we doing? Ummm, the baby's napping, I'm cleaning out my inbox, my husband is setting up his new computer (which is why I have the leisure to clean out my in box) & my brand new 5 y.o. is harassing us to take her for a scooter ride. :-) Just another day in paradise...

But given a perfect situation? Just me, my honey, nice weather & no kids? I'd be lounging on the deck with an ice cold beverage & a big, fat book. :-)

p226 said...

Hey, P226, aren't you pushing the rooster out into the wilderness to do manoeuvres? He won't believe his luck if you just let him sit around drinking all day!

The little guy wandered off into the woods with a six of Sam Adams. (I think there's a chicken coop across the valley)

He's not awol or anything. He's on liberty. And, I'm guessing he's making the most of it.

Joan said...

Back from the mall. Fairly fruitful endeavor. Snagged a Buy one get the second for $10 capri pants at New York and Co. Splurged on two pieces of Godiva chocolate..which cost almost as much as the pants, LOL. Ever try to eat fine chocolate in the car at 100 degrees? You eat fast.

The boys did pretty well though it took me a bit of cajoling to get them away from the Victoria's Secret window display.

Got back at their lollygagging by spritzing the different men's cologne on each of them and giving them the big sniff was all good

Anna Campbell said...

I'm guessing Sam Adams is a beer? Excuse the ignorant Aussie, but wandering off with a sixpack of beer on a nice Sunday afternoon is definitely what an Aussie rooster would do!

It's Lizzie's official birthday today. She kept the date that had been given to her father just to make things easy for us. Very cooperative is good old Queenie! Yes, her REAL birthday is in April. Fancy you knowing that!

Helen said...

Congrats p226 enjoy your lazy Sunday with him

Great post Jeanne and that is my perfect day although I work most Sundays I have 1 Sunday a month off and it is this weekend and it is 6-30 am Monday morning as I am posting this but a holiday weekend here in Australia and I scored the 3 days off work woohoo.
I had planned to get the shopping and houswork done Saturday and laze around Sunday and Monday reading some great books right up my alley but things don't always work out that way got things done on Saturday and veged out Saturday afternoon and evening reading and watching football on TV then on Sunday my son and daughter in law and 2 grandchildren arrive so I spent the day cooking cakes with Jayden that is fun with a 2 year old who wants to eat all the cake mix before it is cooked and today we are going to my daughters place so I haven't got much reading done this weekend but I have had fun next weekend I will veg out.

Pam no wonder that fridge lasted that long 1957 was a great year I am still going LOL. I hope you get it all done and then can relax and cool off.

Have Fun

Helen said...

I really am glad it is winter over here nice and cool not freezing cold just nice great book reading weather I hope you all can cool off. Here in Sydney on those hot days we all hope for a southerly change to come thru in the afternoons which can cool things down by at least 10 degrees when they hit they are magic on hot sultry days.

Have Fun

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Ice cold beverage. Check. Big fat book. Check. :> wouldn't that be fab?

Like you, Susan, I have the short kid-type people, so I seldom get to just "be" and read. Ahhhh, the luxury.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Joanie, you rascal, that sniff test must have Intriguing.

Anna, Sam Adams is indeed a beer. Little tidbit of Adams Family History. A bunch of those founding father Adamses were brewers. I think they wanted the freedom to brew beer and not pay taxes on it to Ye Olde King in Englande. Heehee.

So, having the GR abscond with a six pack of Sam and go on liberty to the neighboring chicken coop is quintessentially American, I guess!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Anna, you know me. Lots of queer international facts stored in Ye Olde Adams Braine.

Anna Campbell said...

Do you know a great way to pass some time on a lazy Sunday!!


This is for a really good cause. You can get the full story here as well as see the fantastic list of items up for auction.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Helen! Oh, I wish for some lovely cool days like you're having. Book reading weather indeed. :>

For those of you who don't know, Helen and I are winter lovers. Not loving this 101+ weather over here. Urg. The local swim club's pool water was 85 degrees (F) so cooling off there was just barely cooling off, you know? :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oooh, great idea, Anna! I'm going to jump over there and see what's up. Great way to support the cause.

Dina said...

UGh, stupid rainstorms again today!!

I thought I posted, but we have have ower outages

Anyway, I usually do lazy Sundays more in the winter months when it's too cold to go outside.

I usually either read or watch movies.

Pat Cochran said...

Semper Fi, P226! So the Golden One is at liberty with a six of Sam! LOL He really has learned to maneuver things to his way of thinking, hasn't he! Congratulations on winning his "company."

It's 92 degrees in Houston, humid
with an occasional sprinkle of rain.

My lazy Sunday includes church (with singing in the choir), a
quick visit to the grocery store,
watching Dale Jr in the NASCAR
race, and catching up with my
various blogsites.

Pat Cochran

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

hi Dina! Great to see you. You must be a summer girl, then. Out and about when the weather's warm. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Pat! Humid Houston. Urg. I keep wondering why we have RWA in Dallas in July. Texas in summer is just HOT and not in a good way. Ha! Someone else was watching NASCAR today, I forget who. Who's up in the point standings?

Dina said...

Hi Jeanne,

I like summer when it's not real hot or really muggy, like the past few days and more are to come, lol. It was supposed to reach 85 today, but the storms made it more comfortable at 75. I like winter too, but it seems easier to want to stay in & veg and do nothing. The snow usually ruins that though.

And I received my book yesterday, THANK YOU!!!! I am going to start it right away. :)

Christine Wells said...

Jeanne, I can't remember the last lazy Sunday I had, but my ideal one would involve lying on a beach somewhere, reading, I think. Not a really hot day, one of those days where there's a cool, gentle breeze blowing and the sun warms you just enough.

Congrats, P226! Bet the GR is enjoying some guy time after all these ladies had a hold of him!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Christine!

Now if I could get to the beach on one of THOSE days I might not mind so much. But, ugh, the scorchers just turn me into wilted spinach. Bleeeeeh.

Pat Cochran said...

Sprint Standings:

Kyle Busch 2084
Jeff Burton 2063
Dale Jr. 1939
Carl Edwards 1856
Denny Hamlin 1800
Jimmie Johnson 1799

Kasey Kahne won today's race @

Pat Cochran

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeanne,

Not such a lazy Sunday here, but my husband just spirited the kids away for a bbq and left me to my own devices. So I sprinted to the coffee shop to get in a bit of writing. Now THAT is my dream day.

Hugs -- and all you poor folks in the heat, stay cool!

Nancy said...

p226, enjoy your lazy Sunday and congrats on snagging the bird!

Jeanne, I love lazy Sundays. Or Saturday, or Monday . . . whatever day the opportunity arises. I sleep in, work the crossword and jumble in my pjs, take a shower sometime when it feels convenient, and read--fiction or history, usually. I just got a cool-looking book on how people have perceived and reacted to the night in pre-industrial societies.

Of course, I also got two eagerly awaited, critically acclaimed, way cool books--The Trouble With Moonlight and Dark and Dangerous. Got the next to last copy of Trouble and the last of D and D. Lookin' good, y'all. Those have moved to the top of the TBR pile.

Unfortunately, I spent the day reading about the French in Algeria for a class I'm taking this week. I'm only halfway through the book, so tomorrow looks coopted, too.

Pam, my sympathy on the fridge. Not fun. Ours died in the summer, too.

PJ and Cheri, I feel your pain. It was 99 in the Piedmont today. And muggy.

Anna C., thanks for the recommendation. I really NEED a bigger TBR pile! *g*

Jo, I bought what I hope is the first Reacher at the beach after reading a review of the latest one in the NYT. Because I really NEED a bigger TBR pile. *sigh*

AC, congrats on getting those gorgeous proofs!

Joan, what is NY and Co.? I don't think we have that here.

Natalie Hatch said...

I remember when I could sleep in til 10 on a sunday morning, walk around the house naked, have a few tumbles in bed/loungeroom whereever, then decide to have a late lunch and walk on the beach..... (cries softly into hanky) yes I remember when. Long ago in a distance galaxy called "Before Children"...
These days it's 5am roll call, kids are pulling the house to pieces, get ready for church, fighting teens who can't decide on what to wear, hubby still lying in bed trying to escape unsuccessfully from the inevitable. Mum pulling her hair out, trying to get lunches ready and people organised.... yep that's reality today. (Oh but good things do happen, I get to write when we put on The Wiggles dvd and they're mesmerised for an hour... woo woo woo).

Terry Odell said...

I was a stay at home mom back then, and I remember back when the kids were little, Sunday was deemed "big paper day" and Daddy was in charge of keeping the kids occupied, answering least until lunchtime. Of course, that interfered with his actually being able to READ the big paper, but it did make that day a bit different.

Now I work out of the house, the kids are gone, and Sundays could still be not much different from other days, but I try to veg. We meet a friend for coffee, then DH comes home and reads that big paper. He does yard work; I do the laundry, but otherwise, I try to do the veg thing. Today, I watched the French Open finals and read. I thought about my manuscript, but decided it needs a total deconstruct job, and I'm not ready to tackle that until tomorrow.

Margay said...

My perfect "Lazy Sunday"? Reading, napping, some writing, more reading, more napping. Oh, yes, and more reading!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Thanks Pat! I thought I had heard the Kyle was at the top. I like Jimmie because he's from my "neck of the woods" in North Carolina. :>

Oooh, Kirsten, nice escape technique. :> Send the DH to a BBQ with the kids, and go write. Yeah! Heehee.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Nancy! I love those lazy anydays too, but Sunday seems to be the one that "counts" the most. ha! Had to LOL about the fact that you really needed a bigger TBR pile. I feel that way too, every time we have a guest. The books just beckon me...

And then there's the cool research ones like the one you mentioned about how the night is perceived. Totally cool. I just picked one up about the sex lives of the early popes and all the scandals they precipitated. I know. Light reading.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, heavens Natalie, you had me pulled into that fantasy then slammed the door on the "before Children" line. Sigh. Yep. I too remember those days fondly...

Had to LOL about the Wiggles. We used to use that too, but for some reason now it's a baseball game for the older one - lots of noise but no demands for MY attention! - and Thomas the Tank Engine for the youngest. Or Scooby Doo. Thank heavens for Scooby Doo. I should have dedicated the first book to Scooby & Co.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Sounds like a wonderful day, Terry! And sympathies on the deconstruct. Yep, that can wait for Monday. ha!

Joan said...

Nancy, Ny and Co is a clothing store. It used to be called Lerners.

Really nice "NYC" type clothing but at decent retail prices.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Joan! I didn't realize Lerner had become something else, I thought it had just closed.

terrio said...

That just figures. I'll have to be sure Chesney (the parakeet) doesn't see the comment that the GR is out gallavanting. She took a real liking to him and it would break her feathered heart to know she meant so little to him.

I remember lazy Sundays. The idea of there being nothing I HAVE to do is a dream of the past. Though if my calculations are correct, I should have one in two weeks. I'll be sleeping in, lounging around, reading and maybe going for a walk. That part depends on the weather.

We went to a pool party today. Temps at 101 and pool water at 92 degrees. It was like walking into a giant bath. I loved it. LOL!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Terrio! Well, getting a lounging day ANYTIME, much less within planning distance, has my envy. Ha! Enjoy it!

limecello said...

I try to do laundry, and veg in front of the tv. A lot. Since it's hit the 90s and someone decided we aren't using AC (hopefully that's "yet" not "ever"...] moving is just not worth the effort.

Carol said...

Hi, p226...
I can just picture the GR, staggering back to your place!
What a devil!

Sunday Arvo at the Movies!! Yes....
Cheers Carol