1 ridiculously early morning trip to the temple
--BTW, those of you who balked at 6:30 a.m. bike rides with me should be thankful I would let you sleep in that long. My temple buddy had me up at 4:40 a.m.!
1 freshly cleaned, portable hammock
--Place hammock in a shady spot near lovely irises and between the scents of the heady lavender bush and the pollinating pine trees.
2 pillows, borrowed from the sofa
--Use pillows and blanket to achieve maximum comfort and protect against the slightest cool breeze.
1 book club book
--It helps if the book is about a girl who sleeps for centuries. (Enchantment by Orson Scott Card.) Funny and clever, but still nap-time inspiring.
Mix the above ingredients and warm at a perfect 78 degrees for 90 minutes. Occasionally check for sounds of crying children. (Fortunately, mine are wise enough to recognize when I'm not monitoring the TV, and they take full advantage of that situation.)
After 90 minutes, open eyes to the fluffy clouds in the bluest sky witnessed in months, and doze for another 15 minutes.
This recipe serves up one refreshed mother who is ready again to listen to a stream of children's requests while simultaneously folding five loads of laundry and making dinner. Voila!