Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1

My blog has fallen by the wayside for the past couple weeks.  It happens now and then.  I wish I could say that I've just been so dang busy, enjoying the fall season, getting lots done and saving up all sorts of good ideas to write about.

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. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.  ~~~Gandhi

5 comments:

Susanne said...

Oops. If this is a repeat, sorry. The comments page just disappeared.

That quote is powerful!

I can totally relate. I've missed your posts but like you, I haven't been consistent lately. "Real" life happens and must be lived first and foremost. Saying a prayer for you and your family. May God be your anchor in the midst of the reality.

Rizzi said...

GREAT QUOTE KAREN.........YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THE NEXT DAY BRINGS INTO YOUR LIFE.......CAN'T THINK ABOUT IT TO MUCH BECAUSE THEN IT BRINGS WORRYING......BUT WE CAN HOPE FOR THE BEST....AND SAY A PRAYER........THAT ALWAYS GETS ME THROUGH A TIME IN NEED. GLAD TO SEE YOU ARE BACK.....
LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Country Dreaming said...

Glad to see you--I have missed you.
Sorry to hear things are a bit rough right now.Hopefully things witll take a turn for the best soon.
Know that we love you and hope all is well.

melinda

Mereknits said...

Karen, honey your blog can be anything you want it to be. I love blogs that are cheerful and full of color, I love blogs that are honest and tell me what is going on. I like when people share when they are ill so I can send them a prayer, and when people are rejoicing I can rejoice with them. I like to be honest, and honestly my Fall has been a handful. SO anytime you need to chat I am here, even if I am in Florida. Life is difficult, and we always need friends.
Meredith

Robin said...

I hear your heart. And I've been there myself. It's okay. We ALL know life isn't perfect and never will be this side of heaven. I will say a prayer for you everytime God brings you to my mind.
Blessings!