Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pieces of Life. In Pictures

There are little pockets of my life that become so ordinary to me that I forget to remember how much they mean to me.   Every day, ordinary things that bring me pleasure, simplicity, peace, or companionship.   

I can't describe these things easily, so I thought I'd show them instead.  Pieces of life.  In pictures.


I love it when my fridge is full.   When the shopping and the schlepping are done, and each shelf is chock full of healthy (er, just ignore the Redi-Whip... and the chocolate sauce) fresh foods.   And that little container on the second shelf down, on the right?   Those are fresh eggs.   From our chickens.    I love that.



This is Coffee Corner.   Because one coffee maker simply won't do, I have two.  Because sometimes you want just one cup, a little pick-me-up - hence the Keurig.    But some mornings high octane coffee, and large amounts of it, are necessary.   Hence the 12 cup coffee maker.    And tucked on the left there are Tension Tamer and Sleepytime teas, to bring my frazzled nerves back to baseline in the evenings.   Heaven.


Why does this jumbled mess make me happy?   Because it's the Everything Drawer.     It never lets me down.  Where else can I put my hand on three different kinds of ointments or cold remedies, a plethora of hair implements, toothpaste, tape, thermometers, extension cords, light bulbs, missing lego pieces, chap sticks, pens ... well, you get the idea.    MacGyver ain't got nothing on me.


This is the Whiteboard of Certainty.   It is my new best friend.   I've complained on this blog several times that I have trouble with organization, but this little $12 purchase from Target has plugged most of the holes for me.  Each week, I write what I need to remember (where the heck are the kids?  who are we picking up?  when is soccer/girl scouts/basketball?  who is coming over?)  on the Whiteboard of Certainty, smack dab in the middle of my fridge where I can't miss it.   If it needs to be done, it's there.   And I just swipe a paper towel across it when it's completed, giving me the sense that I do, in fact, accomplish something on occasion.


This is Buddha corner.   No matter how crazy or messy the rest of our bedroom gets, Buddha corner always looks just like this - serene, simple, peaceful.    In the morning, the sunlight streams in through the window just right, creating the perfect spot for some quiet reflection before I start my day.   


My husband found this at a local consignment shop; it's an old typesetter's cabinet.   There are about thirty drawers, each with dozens of little compartments.   Each compartment is filled with semi-precious stones, pearls, crystals and charms, sorted by color.    It is my own personal paradise.  


A bunch of books at my bedside.  I'm always reading three or four books at once.   One can never have too many books.   Ever.


Our dog, Casper.   She's a nine year old Slovensky Cuvac (pronounced "chew-vatch").    Steve and I got her before children, the first year we were married.   She's getting on in years, now, and is most likely to be found snoozing in a sunny corner, sighing happily.     She is such an important part of our family, but all too often she gets forgotten in the hustle-bustle of life.   So these days we're trying to give her extra hugs, to remind her that we love her.  


Has there ever been a sweeter sight than your own sleeping children?   I love that even though Finn could have his own room, they still want to be together.   It won't be for much longer now, I don't think, so I'm soaking it in while I can.

And every night, without fail, I tiptoe into their room and give a prayer of thanks.   For everything, big and small, for all the richness in my life. 

Because it's important to remember.

17 comments:

  1. What a cute idea for a post! I love the glimpses into somebody else's life -- it makes me want to take inventory and count blessings and all that :)

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  2. I adore the pics.

    I have a coffee corner too. It's got two coffee makers, a really poorly designed mini espresso maker, an electric kettle, and my teapot.

    I love your Buddha corner. I have to take a picture of my version. Instead of Buddha, I have a salt lamp and candles.

    That vintage typesetter's cabinet is a crafter's dream come true!!!

    I also have a bedside table topped with books. Actually, it's both topped and filled with books. And then there are books under the bed, books on the little table across the room, books on the shelves... I think I have a habit.

    My girls share a room too. The other 'kid' room has been designated as a play room and is filled with toys. We wanted to have less distraction at bedtime so the toys go in the other room. Maybe it's just me but my theory is that if they share a room, they grow up closer. Seems to be true so far.

    Thanks for a peek into your life. :)

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  3. I love the photos!! Thanks for reminding me to appreciate the happiness that is right under my nose...sometimes it's so hard for me to slow down and see it, but thinking of this post will help.
    Your kids asleep in the shared bedroom is just so sweet. Peeking at my kids every night is one of the best moments of my day, too. Adorable!

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  4. We had a Casper growing up, too, but he was a black German Shepherd. (A Seeing Eye puppy, which are named by litter, each with the same letter, explaining the totally incongruous name.)

    I love this post! How wonderful, to celebrate the little things that you love about every normal day. And I especially love that gorgeous cabinet, with all those little compartments!

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  5. it's amazing how we can all be so different, yet have so much in common. :) that's why i love blogging... if you walked up to me on the street and rattled all this stuff off, i'd think you had a screw loose. but on a blog, i feel like i've been given a special glimpse into who you are, and it makes me feel good to know that i'm not the only person with a junk drawer, Buddha corner (although mine is a Money Tree- it's the only plant i've ever kept alive for more than a year) a place for writing daily notes (we use a big desk calender mounted on the wall) a huge pile of books (couldn't live without them!)a treasured furbaby who's not so much a baby anymore, and two kids who love each other dearly. ps- i'm totally jealous of your typesetter's cabinet. that's a gorgeous, unique piece of antique furniture! (we love that kind of thing) oh, and i also have the coffee corner. rather than have several machines, we splurged and set up an espresso bar. i couldn't get through each morning without it.

    love this post! thanks for sharing!

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  6. Ellie -

    Love the organized blog and like everyone else has said ... that typesetter's cabinet is AWESOME. So jealous, that's a gorgeous piece.

    Love the glimpse into your home and your life! And I was thrilled to see that I am not the only one with a 12-cup coffeemaker AND a Keurig!

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  7. Oh I loved this post and needed it today.

    p.s. that is the cutest dog known to man.

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  8. My brother had a cuvac too. His name was RazzmaTazz the Cooovaz. We called him Razz. Big, BIIIIG dog. He would come over to you, sit down on your feet, then proceed to lean on you. He was a good boy. We miss him a lot.

    I love the glimpses into your life.

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  9. Ellie, you are so right on. It is so important to remember. So often I write about the things and people for which and whom I'm thankful, but I never thought to capture everything in pictures. It's going to be my new challenge.
    {I love your everything drawer. I need one, too. And that your kids share a room. Mine share a bed, and I think it's so sweet.}

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  10. it is true...how amazingly similiar we all are. And great cozy home you got.

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  11. I love this post! I love it so much I may steal the idea and do my own post :) Like you I also love to open the refrigerator right after I've been shopping to see the shelves all completely stocked and bursting with food. For some reason this gives me a good feeling.

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  12. My brother had a cuvac too. His name was RazzmaTazz the Cooovaz. We called him Razz. Big, BIIIIG dog. He would come over to you, sit down on your feet, then proceed to lean on you. He was a good boy. We miss him a lot.

    I love the glimpses into your life.

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  13. I love this post! I love it so much I may steal the idea and do my own post :) Like you I also love to open the refrigerator right after I've been shopping to see the shelves all completely stocked and bursting with food. For some reason this gives me a good feeling.

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  14. Ellie -

    Love the organized blog and like everyone else has said ... that typesetter's cabinet is AWESOME. So jealous, that's a gorgeous piece.

    Love the glimpse into your home and your life! And I was thrilled to see that I am not the only one with a 12-cup coffeemaker AND a Keurig!

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  15. I have a 48 drawer typesetter cabinet for sale (very rare find! it has a seperate top section and several drawers full of wooden typeset letters, numbers and punctuation) 517-238-4443

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