No, I didn't get buried under the latest snowstorm (although we were starting to wonder).
No, I haven't been on an extended holiday to the south of France. (Nice as that would have been, I was quite content snuggled inside for many days, looking out on nature's artistry.)
No, I haven't joined a convent and taken a vow of silence (although my days were gently quiet as I read, snoozed, baked muffins and simmered hearty soups, listened to Mozart, filled journals with new thoughts and old ones, even cleaned out piled-up nonsense in my basement).
My time away from cyberspace was a spur-of-the-moment decision after the holidays. I'd been feeling the need to 'come away and rest awhile' from all things online. In retrospect, I realize now how much of the rest of my life had been flying by in a blur because I had been so busy working in my office, on my computer.
I didn't like that feeling and I could really relate to something that Evelyn Underhill once said:
"For lack of attention,
a thousand forms of loveliness
elude us every day."
I've been paying attention again..... and what fun it's been to discover and re-discover the joys of every day living, just being in the heart of my home, without a thousand strings tugging at my elbow.
Thanks so much to those of you who contacted me to find out what was happening. It was lovely to find your notes in my in-box.
And my heart apologies to everyone for just disappearing without a trace. At the time, I didn't even want to turn on the computer to let you know I was going to be away, lest I got caught up in the web... for if you're like me, you'll totally understand.... and relate to how quickly two hours can go, especially when you planned to be online for just a few short minutes!
I won't say that I'm back for good, because we're still rediscovering those thousand forms of loveliness, but I did want to finally break the silence. I do miss each of my blogging friends and have thought of you often... I do look forward to touching base with you soon and catching up on all your doings.
Until later then..... don't forget to keep looking for those glimpses of heaven in unexpected places.