May 11, 2009

Monday Musing: Blog Envy

Tailing a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday which was spent sleeping in, having a picnic at a gorgeous local park (and no cooking!), walking along the water, and having a nap, I've been thinking about how completely blessed I am. And of course, here I am, about to ruin it with a blog post.

But don't worry, I'm not complaining. When remembering that I forgot (is that an oxymoron?) to photograph some of that wonderful day yesterday, I started thinking about all of those bloggers who photograph all of the beauty and efforts of their lives, particularly those of children and craftiness. This is a long way of saying I have blog envy. A lot.

As I've mentioned many times here, I have grander plans for this blog, but somehow life gets in the way. I admire and am quite jealous of blogs like Soule Mama (which my friend Shana turned me on to), Vanilla Joy, NieNie, and so many others because they really celebrate the beauty of motherhood and life, and especially through gorgeous photography. I wish I was more motivated to whip out the camera for an exquisite shot. I adore my camera, but because it's a big, bulky, an amazing piece of equipment, I fear breaking it if I'm too quick and casual. While lying on a sunny, grassy hill yesterday, I silently cursed not having the camera, since the day was just ripe for photography. But I tell myself that I'm living the moment, rather than being caught up trying to capture it.

Anyway, back to those blogs. It's weird how they are both inspiring and defeating. Soule Mama is especially crushing, because the uber-talented and motivated Amanda Blake Soule has 4 kids whom she homeschools and feeds local organic food, makes wonderful home-sewn crafts and clothes, AND has a book, called The Creative Family (and another coming out in August). Mr. Geek had actually suggested buying me this book before I even knew about the blog connection.
It's enough to to make me want to just give up. Well, not really. These blogs encourage me to keep working at it, and hope that one day I can uncork some of my creativity and share it via blog posts.

So back to Mother's Day. Here's what I was treated to:
An old fashioned screen door! Mr. Geek is still in the process of putting the molding back on around the frame and adding a latch and handle, but it's fabulous.
He slaved away literally all day on Saturday in the heat. I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful husband! I'm thinking of painting the door, but can't decide on the color. Should it match the back door (a pea green), or be painted white to match the siding, or black? I'll probably let it weather a bit until I decide. And maybe then I'll like the weathered look.

I can't wait to feel the cross breeze through the house and smell the neighbor's barbecue wafting inside on the weekends. I hope you all enjoyed your Mother's Day. It was great!


  1. wow i have blog envy too! i dont know how some of these mothers do it ALL! serious!

  2. I think envy is fine if you use it as inspiration to reach something that you don't have yet:-)

  3. Wow now I"m sucked in to Soule Mama too!

    I think you should paint the screen door red. I'm just sayin'.

  4. I'd say paint it white but I love the green color so much. He did such a great job!

  5. Chris says he can hear your screen door slamming from here.

  6. I know what you mean about living the moment and I totally agree, but I always try to capture these special & sometimes hilarious moments aswell..coz my memory isn't as good as it used to be :)
    Screen door is great! wish we had one aswell.
    feel free to pop into my blog for a spy when you have some free time.

  7. Thanks for visiting!
    It's a bit chilly here in Melbourne at the moment so a rich choc mudcake would do wonders.
    by the way, love your tech tuesdays!

  8. I read the Soule Mama blog too and it makes me feel the same way. I'm always like, why do I read this always makes me feel like crap. But she is so lovely and and stinkin' creative and so I read on.

  9. It sounds like you had a great Mother's Day! :)


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