While I've been baking lots of pumpkin bread, doing some fall cleaning, and piecing together a long-forgotten quilt, for the most part the past month or two hasn't been exactly hunky dory here, at Over the Backyard Fence. Life served up a healthy dose of reality that has been both challenging and humbling to say the least. For a time, I shut down my blog, feeling hypocritical writing about recipes and seemingly superfluous things, when "real life" has been far from perfect. I didn't think anyone would notice until a few readers asked why they were having trouble getting into my blog. So, I 'flipped the switch' and opened it up again. And I found myself sitting at the computer, staring at a blank screen, wondering what on earth could I write about?
Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, hosts a meme called Reality Thursday. It's a chance to let down your hair, so to speak, and post pictures of real life -- the messy desk, the disaster in the kitchen rather than the perfect recipe, the incomplete project -- instead of what we typically show on our blogs. I like that. Heaven knows, most bloggers don't blog to show that life can be lived perfectly.
However, I do think that most of the time I want my blog to celebrate the blessings in my life and to look for the roses among the thorns. Susanne, at Living to Tell the Story, hosts Friday Fave 5, a week-end meme that challenges us to find and name the good things that happened throughout our week. As I've participated in this for the over a year now, I find that in the midst of my week I'm noticing more and more things to add to my list of five.
I've missed writing on my blog and the 'good energy' that flows from it, in the form of my blogging buddies. The following quote sums it up better than I can.
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.