Category Archives: A Month Of The Hygge Manifesto

Adding A Few Fall Decorations

More rain! Yep, we woke up to more rain. Still, I didn’t mind spending a rainy day (mostly) at home.

The early morning sky was still pretty, I thought. 

I had the day off work. Instead of working on my blog, I took a lazy day instead. Cleaned the house a little, used my Aldi coupon (one of our local stores recently remodeled), and finally added some Fall/Halloween decorations to the living room. Then, I sat and watched a bit too much TV for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

So….with writer’s block going strong tonight, I’m just going to share my decorations for this post.  The living room does feel a bit more cozy…maybe that’s why I stayed there most the day?

My Halloween/Fall throw pillows:  The candy corn pillow, picked up at garage sale many years ago…

Made the top of my bookcase into my pretend fireplace “mantle”. I like how it turned out:  Yes, I know the candles are not lit in the photo. I forgot to take one while I was enjoying them earlier today. And yes, I bought more candles at Aldi (shh! don’t tell the husband though I did use my coupon). The cinnamon pumpkin smells great.

Not much of a profound post today. Maybe I’ll do better tomorrow…

 

 

How To Hygge Without Turning Into A Hippo

So, the next item on the Hygge Manifesto list is pleasure. It’s all about the coffee, chocolate, cookies, and candies. Indulging in them.

YUM! Now there’s something I can do for 30 plus days. Except….I really don’t want my girth to match that of a hippo (I’m close enough already but would prefer not to finish that project).

Last week had lots of Hygge moments especially when I focus on the food area.

Wednesday evening: 

A night out for my now newly married sister-in-law. A popular Japanese steak house. Not the place to worry about a waistline. (Oh, and I must brag a bit…I caught the shrimp in my mouth!)

Thursday:

Coffee with a friend. And yes, I did indulge in a pumpkin spice latte and maple pecan muffin. I might or might not even have treated myself to a couple of pieces of Godiva chocolates at Hallmark later in the afternoon.

Friday:

High school stadium hamburgers certainly add to the football, “Friday night lights” atmosphere.

Saturday:  

As if I’d say no to a wedding cupcake especially white cake with white frosting…my favorite if we’re talking cake. And jalapeno chips along with sandwiches on the food offerings, be still my heart (and my heartburn!).

We took my nephew home with us from the wedding and all needed an actual late dinner after our long day. A quick run to the store for a couple of extras and a treat of some fun size Halloween candy (for the teenagers…believe it or not, a few pieces still exist in our house).  

Sunday:

Just when we thought the food indulgences surely must end, a birthday celebration happened! Out to eat at a local Mexican restaurant followed by more cake and homemade ice-cream. 

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How exactly do those Danish folks not weigh 500+ pounds from indulging all the time?  Besides the fact they mostly bike (and walk?) almost everywhere. Pretty sure it’s all about balance.

Enjoying the good food without worrying about the calories.  Is it me or is there nothing more annoying than someone lamenting about all the “evils” of good food when it’s not an everyday occasion? Please, don’t do that. Just enjoy it.

Pretty sure just enjoying it is a key element of hygge. It’s not as if every weekend is a special occasion football game, followed by a wedding, and then a birthday celebration.

Oh, and then, we all know we have to balance all the dining out and rich desserts with healthy foods.  Simple dinners prepared at home.  Our dinner tonight, maybe not the healthiest example but certainly simple and “on hand”

My goal for this month (and longer), enjoy the good foods but make sure I balance them with the “super” foods as well.

What’s your favorite indulgent food or drink?

Can’t Hurry Hygge

Sitting here with my fuzzy socks on my feet while also wearing my Crocs.  Red Kansas City Chiefs shirt, black pants, purple fuzzy socks, and floral shoes. Not exactly a picture of Hygge fashion!

We’re in a slight period of downtime before the last activity of our whirlwind weekend.  It’s cool and rainy outside, lit the candles,  and we’re all home (plus my nephew who stayed over last night). A perfect formula for Hygge.

So I’m ready to Hygge….RIGHT NOW! What do you mean it’s not something we can force?

Hurry, let’s go Hygge!

Wonder if that’s what makes the concept foreign and harder to grasp as an American. Hygge takes a bit of patience. And time.

It’s easy to slip on my warm fuzzy purple socks. Harder to enjoy them when I have to throw on the Crocs to take out the trash.

I’m not enough of a trendsetter to make pajama pants the new look when going out to dinner (or a wedding. and I can imagine my child’s mortified expression if I wore them to a football game.)

It’s easy to light the candles. Harder to stop and sit to enjoy their fragrance and soft light.

And of course, I know there’s more to Hygge than pajama pants, fuzzy socks, and candles. However, today I realized trying to force it leads only to frustration.

 

 

 

 

Hygge Thought

Meant to schedule a post today and forgot so decided to share these quick thoughts:

Woke up to the sound of rain and thunder. A steady downpour and dark house.

Lit the candles, turned on the leaf lights, and lit my “pretend” Netflix fireplace. Sat enjoying the peace of my quiet morning. (Yes, with a cup of coffee, of course.) Thought about how I love waking up during the Christmas season and sitting in the dark with only the tree lit in the background. Maybe with the “fireplace” going as well.

Led to this thought…

Maybe Hygge is the Christmas feeling minus all the stress? 

One reason Christmas’ never been my all-time favorite is related to the pressure, hustle and bustle of all the shopping (and the crowds!), act of balancing family politics with a million other events.  However, I do love sitting in the house on those quiet mornings and evenings enjoying the twinkling lights on the tree and feelings of peace.  What do you think?

I’d love to hear it!

And now it’s almost time to zoom off to our next event in today’s fall rain… 

The car all decorated for fall by Mother Nature!

 

 

 

Posting In Advance To Observe Presence

The upcoming weekend is not a stay home, wear fuzzy socks, and drink tea kind of event. Instead, we have senior night for our high school marching band kid, a wedding on Saturday afternoon, and a birthday celebration on Sunday.

And I’m working all day on Friday!

I could probably go on forever with the whole idea of creating a Hygge atmosphere. Probably blowing my budget big time over it. However, the Hygge Manifesto lists 10 items. And I’m fairly certain Hygge requires a bit more than just the proper decor.

So, moving on to the 2nd item listed in the Meik Wikig’s Hygge Manifesto….one I really like:

Presence: Be Here Now. Turn Off The Phones.

Remember when that was the norm? Being on the phone wasn’t even an option because they weren’t everywhere. It certainly takes a bit of focus to put away the phone and pay attention.

Maybe because I tend to be a notice type person…look at the sky! Did you see that bird? Did you hear that conversation behind us?…this is not an area of struggle for me.  

Not perfect at it though. And do I spend too much idle time on-line? Absolutely! So instead of spending the weekend focused on this blog, my plan involves being present and noticing all the wonderful details of each event.

I’ll be back to blogging in “real-time” most likely on Sunday morning as the birthday celebration happens in the late afternoon/evening.

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