Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ANYONE THERE???



They say if you wait to have a baby until your life is completely settled and everything is perfect, you will die childless.  While I would never urge someone to make a life-changing decision before they are really ready for it, there is some wisdom in that homily.  I have been waiting to blog until the time is JUST RIGHT.  Until my life is more settled, until there are no major projects or holidays looming, until there are no demands on my time, until I am more organized.  And you know, that’s just not going to happen in my life. 

I have this romantic picture of myself as a ‘writer’ (a title I am hardly entitled to, but I prefer it to ‘blogger’).  I am sitting in a cozy, well-appointed and spotlessly clean study.  Tea and cookies are by my side.  I’m writing long hand with a fountain pen in a beautiful journal (I told you it was romantic).  When I take a break to sip my tea, I look out the window to see a perfect cottage garden.  Oh, and my cat and dog snooze peacefully by the fire.  I have no idea who cleaned the house, brought the tea and cookies or created the garden.  No one would describe my home as spotless.  I would love a garden, but have no interest in working at it.  And I ‘write’ on a laptop at our dining room table.  I do have a window, but the view is of a pine tree, a scraggly azalea bush, some dead tree and moss where grass should be. 

So my life is never going to be without the things that keep me busy (nor would I want it to) and my cozy little study doesn’t exist.  Do I just give up and let this blog be one of the millions that peter out?  Do I make grand promises to sit down for an hour every day?  No to both.  I love this blog too much to just let it go.  If no one in the world but me read it, I would still love it and go back to it to let the memories flow over me.  But I’ve made promises before and not kept them.  So – no promises, but here is maybe a new beginning. To me, the heart and soul of this blog is our trip in 2011 to England and Paris.  Getting back to that WILL take some organization and preparation.  The memories are almost as fresh as the day we got back, but I need to look at notes and photos for the details. 

So, I’ll try.  I’ll get out my notes and pamphlets and pull up the pictures and, who knows, we may find ourselves in Winchester!

17 comments:

  1. I'm here, Kim. And I love Agatha Christie too. Read all the titles I could get my hands on.

    I am looking forward to reading your blog.

    All best, Darienne

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  2. We used to live in Winchester. Oh, oops, you mean Winchester, England, right? Sorry. Do find yourself there and tell us about it! Parked in NOLA, where it began raining right after we arrived.

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  3. Thank you so much, Darienne! It's lovely to see you here!

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  4. Chessie - Yup - the original Winchester :-) . Sorry about the rain, but get some gear and get out there! The temperature is ok! And tomorrow is sunny and 70. Perfect NOLA weather! Love to Himself and you!

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  5. Can you see me smiling!?? The wattage of this grin would just about light up this whole was-gray day from me to you. There's a bit of sunshine that I've been waiting for all day so I can head out with the garbage, so see what you DIDDDDD???

    This is absolutely so spot-on, peas-in-a-pod accurate that I'm looking around for Allen Funt---If the dishes were all done, or that pile of laundry all put away (I started just now with an episode of SUITS running on the computer where I could NOT sit dow to watch, so I folded and folded. Not finished, but a start.

    Good Heavens, I'm blathering, but it's just because I'm like a tail-wagging pup, about to pee on the rug because you're here. If this were done, or that. I've even excused going up to make up the guest room, because you know, the DISHES. This is so lovely, and I'm going to go read it again. And again. Practically Perfect I every way.

    love,
    Mary

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  6. Kim, you are a brilliant writer. Please keep it up. :)

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  7. Spot on.. totally resonates with me.

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  8. So glad to see a new entry on your site. Your photos & ancedotes, and food "thoughts" are something I have missed. Please contine! Many thanks.

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  9. Thanks to everyone who has responded here and at FB! It's nice to be appreciated and missed!

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  10. Don't know what happened? I was sure I had responded too. Right away! Because I like your blogs sooooooo much. I love the way you write ... and what you write. Waiting ... waiting ... for more!

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  11. Jess - and YOUR last blog entry was August of 2013, my MUCH more gifted daughter! Mutt-mutt!!!

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  12. This is one of my favorite places to "go to" when stressed...soothing, thoughtful and yummy. Your cooking brings back pleasant memories of my grandmothers, aunts & great aunts' fresh, delicious and now too time consuming for me to reproduce meals (even if I had the space/ time to garden). Feels like home...sweet and sustaining.

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    1. Thank you so much. That is high praise. And sweet to hear. I'm in the midst of Mother's Day/sick Mom/baking 300 cookies for a church meeting and prepping for a visit from an aunt in England, but I hope to be back soon!

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  13. I love the title of this one!!! I love the topic, too. I think many of us struggle with the upkeep of a blog. It's something so random and yet so "out there" that we feel the obligation to have it "company-ready" like our homes. The truth of it is that life - fickle as it is - deals many cards we just don't quite know how to play. Sometimes blogging fits into that hand, and sometimes it doesn't. We just have to, as Kenny Roger said, "...know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run." It's really that simple. But knowing how to find the simplicity in it is the hard part for me. Blogging takes up a great deal of time and requires an enormous amount of effort. To do it "right", other things must suffer. Or must they?

    So maybe Kenny Rogers had it right...maybe not. We just have to play the best way we know how and hope & pray no one has an ace up their sleeve that can trip us up!

    Very neat post, Kim! I'm glad to "make your acquaintance."

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    1. Alycia - thank you so much for visiting and I hope you'll come again. I loved your comment, especially the part about feeling that it always has to be "company-ready". Well put! Kim

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