Lord have mercy - I sure didn't intend on taking a blogging break - it just happened, and then once I get out of the rhythm of blogging, it's hard to get back to it.
I've been busy gallivanting about Northern Indiana.
Gallivanting - to wander about seeking pleasure or diversion
Isn't the photo above divine?
It's my wallpaper.
You can snatch it here.
I had the privilege of spending a few days with some familiar faces.
Shannan is a warm cup of tea and a bowl of salsa and chips.
I feel the need to tell her every thought that passes through my head.
I love the look on her face at times.
I'm so glad I know her.
I finally made it to Cindy's Cottage, and I'm ever so glad I did.
I'm trying to get her to buy the house next door to me.
Her husband could use The Squirrel to stay in the parking lot at work during the week, returning home on the weekends.
Cindy - I beg you to consider this!
Did you ever have one of those days that you just felt was ordained by God?
I felt that when I was with Cindy.
The things we talked about, the things she shared with me - I so needed it all.
I got to sleep in what I call 'The Magic Bed'
Readers - I can't say enough about this bed. You can read all about the room redo here, as well as see all the fabulousness that is Cindy's home.
Lately, I've been a notoriously bad sleeper.
Can't fall asleep - and when I do - I can't stay there.
That night - within five minutes of laying my head on the pillow - I was dreaming of dancing wedges of cheese. I woke up only long enough to be confused about seeing cheese wedges dancing down my street - only to smile and sink back in the feather pillow realizing I was sleeping. Oh sweet divine sleep - how you elude me at times. I knew nothing until morning.
I must confess that I've been feeling quite introspective lately, and that always leads to a lack of blogging.
You see - I'm still struggling somewhat with my new found freedom.
I'm not one that likes to squander time in an unproductive way.
I feel the need for a purpose, a goal, a schedule.
Raise your hand if you're tired of fighting yourself.
Did ya ever think that if you fight yourself so much to be a different way - maybe you are just meant to be the way you are?
Sometimes the road between who we are and who we want to be is a long one.
Oftentimes, that road needs to be travelled, because who we want to be is a worthy endeavor, and the changes are required.
Other times, you just need to stay put, set up house and enjoy who you are.
Do you know how often I struggle to make a short little cohesive post?
It's not in the cards my friends.
It's what I do.
I'm a Type A personality that is obsessive, compulsive, enjoys cleaning, collecting chickens, and sharing all of my random thoughts on the Internet with strangers. I try to cram way too much stuff in one day. I dream of cheese.
Is that a crime?
Cindy was anxious for me to meet a friend of hers named Clara.
I liked her before I met her - I mean, with a name like Clara - really? Do I need to go on?
Her home was very small - and I'm all about that right now. The smaller the better. I'm ready to move into a shed -
What struck such a chord with me-was even that her home was so small - she still found the space for what she loved.
She loves entertaining, and therefore - has a table for 14 set up in her living room.
Sounds ridiculous doesn't it!?
She used the family room in the back for couches.
I'm so tired of following rules when it comes to decorating!
She has a room - just for dishes.
I almost hyperventilated going in it.
If you look up the word organized in the dictionary - you'll see Clara.
I was really inspired.
It seems rare to meet someone that truly knows themselves, and then reflects that knowledge in their home.
It was beautiful.
I'm going to be making some changes around this old place - my home.
The useless wicker furniture on the front porch is going, and I'm going to replace it with an old farm table and a lot of chairs!
I've started working on the upstairs bedroom again.
I'm purging, organizing, and posting on Craig's List.
I'm flea marketing and antiquing.
I'm making changes on my personal house as well.
I'm trying to stay true to the list I made a couple of weeks ago - spending my time on what is important to me.
I'm signing up to do a half marathon (walking) in May of 2011.
I'm dressing myself - everyday.
But I am wearing pants. With buttons and zippers.
Change is sometimes hard.
I think it's worth it.
I feel like life has been a bit too easy lately.
I'm ready for hard.