Tuesday, April 28, 2015


The house across the street hit the bluebonnet bonanza this year.
This past weekend my sisters mentioned the fact that I no longer blog every single day, and asked if I was getting tired of it. I thought about it for a minute, then said "No, not really. After 7 1/2 years, and 2,500 posts, it's getting harder and harder to come up with subjects I haven't already covered, but when I do come up with an idea, well, it's sheer bliss!" Then, just this morning, I was flipping through a back issue of Stampington's Artful Blogging magazine, and I came across something in an article by Milynn Luong, who has a blog called Love and Whimsy. Immediately I thought "This is it! This is why I do it."

 "We sometimes make things much more complicated than they really need to be. So my solution to it all was simple: Remove the distractions and find joy in the simple things. It is a conscious effort, but with a little practice, it can manifest itself in many ways. Blogging helped to keep the momentum going, as with each blog post and picture that I took I tried to fit in this philosophy. Outside of my blog and photography, simplicity found its way in through my cooking, my home's décor, and my fashion choices. Simplicity became a lifestyle. I found that consciously looking for little things to be happy about, completely changes my mood and outlook for the entire day." 

Here's a good example:

Not all that long ago, I would have walked right past those white "plumes" out by the fire pit, not giving them a second thought. The new me, however, couldn't resist taking a closer look.

Which is how I discovered that they weren't actually plumes at all. They were spider webs! From there, something else caught my eye.

That's when my heart start to beat just a little faster, because I remembered another day much like this one, back when I first moved up here.

A day when just the right combination of fog and dew transformed these four acres into a place of magic and mystery!

I knew I just had to share it with you!

And that, my friends, is why I'm still blogging. It makes me notice the little things.


Donna Lange said...

I wish I was as dedicated to my blog as you are, I appreciate your stories (even if I don't always comment). I think it is a good reminder to us all to enjoy the moment! Its those little things I seem to remember the most.

LaNell Taylor said...

Your blog is still my favorite! I may not catch it everyday but I always catch up if I missed a post. We live in a very special place and your blog continues to remind me. 😄

Hill Country Hippie said...

Donna, I wish I was as dedicated to my ART as you are!

LaNell, thanks for the sweet words. Have a wonderful time in Tennessee and we'll head to the Blue Hole for a float when you get back. Did you choose all your classes for Lucky Star?