Chilling in The Chill Out Tent again

My Own Personal Sabbath #33

Almost every Sunday since mid-May 2020 with a few exceptions, I have been taking my own personal Sabbath, where I tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone. Throughout the day and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to or watching during my Sabbath.

Tomorrow, as I have been at the end of many months during 2020, I will be in The Chill Out Tent, which is a series of live streamed events from an imagined chillout space in a virtual festival. Or as the group organizers explain:

Sunsets in Ibiza, sheep watching in Scotland, little fluffy clouds in Arizona…

Turn on…stay in… chill out…

For me, it also fits in with my goal of tuning out of news and social media for the day and can make for good background music for my reading. Tomorrow, I have a few choices to read, but I’ll probably continue with the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri. I am up to No. 10, August Heat, and have No. 11, The Wings of the Sphinx, already on my Kindle ready to go when I’m finished with August Heat.


9:20 AM

I am writing this in a car wash, listening to a BBC Radio 4 podcast In Our Time. It was recommended to me by a fellow blogger and Sunday Saloner, Susan of the blog The Cue Card. This episode is on Marcus Aurelius.

Before I chill out this afternoon in the tent, I had to get out this morning to prepare for this afternoon. After this car wash, I am off to the grocery store for snacks for the party later. Also early this afternoon, I am going to grab a bottle of wine to quaff while chilling.

So until later, when I update you more…

11 AM

3 PM

After church, I went to the wine and spirits shoppe for wine and now I’m in the tent. I’m not reading as planned because the visuals are stunning here in the tent…and also the wine, let’s be honest. In addition to music, there also are videos to accompany the music.

9 PM

Finally reading, with Seamus on my lap. August Heat, the 10th Inspector Montalbano, by Andrea Camilleri. 

What are your plans for the weekend? Do they involve reading? If so, what are you reading? If not, what are you doing otherwise? I’m

20 thoughts on “Chilling in The Chill Out Tent again

  1. I like the idea of a chill out tent. I hope you are enjoying the time. It’s been a relatively nice weekend. Yesterday was a bit busy. My daughter had her dance classes and rehearsals, which last from morning to late afternoon. I got some reading done in there and finished prepping my weekend blog post. We had to deliver Girl Scout cookies in the evening. Today has been much more laid back. My daughter only got dressed because I needed to take a photo of her in her Girl Scout uniform for the school year book. Despite everyone being virtual, the PTA has done what they can to put together a year book anyway, asking parents to contribute photos instead of taking them themselves. I think it’s very nice of them to do so the kids don’t miss out this year since they’ve missed out on so much already. I’m hoping we will settle in for a movie this evening. Take care and have a great week!


  2. I did some housecleaning and then watched church. Then after lunch I did some yard clean up because it is absolutely gorgeous outside. In between, I did some reading and the week’s blog posts. Now I’m chilling as I prepare for the work week. See what I read Girl Who Reads

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  3. The Chill Out Tent sounds really cool, as does the podcast on Marcus Aurelius, who I’m embarrassed to say I had to Google. Roman Emperor and Philosopher. Got it. I think you have read or are reading his Meditations, right? I

    Mmm snacks!

    Enjoy your Sunday!


  4. We have a tv, but we have no cable or regular tv channels. I will be counting birds at my feeder for Project FeederWatch while I visit my friends’ blogs as I do every Sunday. I’m reading the third book in the All Creatures Great and Small series and the first book in the Discworld series.


  5. We don’t have a TV because with the way we live, we feel no need for it. Today, we’re going to get new cupboards for the kitchen, then I’ll be spring cleaning and arranging said kitchen. OK, it’s not the ideal sunday passtime, but I know I’ll be happy and satisfied when everything is done and the place looks new. Then I’ll spend the evening reading about Anne Brontë. Enjoy the sheeps in Scotland 😉


    1. It’s interesting how this has become a discussion on TV. We do have, but no cable or satellite so no cable news constantly in our face or ears. As for what you’re doing today, it sounds reasonable. I often have to clean off our kitchen table before I start my day of relaxing or even a place to put the laptop as I’m doing this morning to reply to comments.


  6. Well, I thought I didn’t have anything interesting going on this weekend, but a long time friend just texted that he’ll be in town tomorrow morning so he’s going to come by for a visit. Yay!


    1. That is a yay. I’ve been connecting with friends, but all apart, for online games, conversations on the phone, and Zoom. At least for now. Soon hopefully we’ll be able to get together.


  7. Nice!
    Sunday is mostly Church.
    But Saturdays are very leisurely days, with a nice breakfast, that we take while listening to classical music (a lot through Radio Swiss Classic, that you ca listen to anywhere through the internet).
    Today it was in the mid 50s, something we haven’t had for a long time in Chicagoland, so we went to hike on the campus of our near-by university (walking distance), which has all kinds of trees.
    Then I read for an hour in our yard, in the sun. It was very warm, yet there was still a lot of snow on the ground in front of me!
    And this evening I am reading from a French book analyzing thrillers. But anyway, my husband and I read most evenings, as we decided not to have TV.
    Blessed Sunday!


    1. Array, your Saturday sounds like what I aim my Sundays to be. It is warm here today, but rainy so I’ll be inside, plus not 50s today, although yesterday it was close here in Pennsylvania. I will have to check out this Radio Swiss Classic. I’m always looking for new outlets for music. Thanks.


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