7 Facts, plus a bonus one

7 Facts, plus a bonus one

Lovely Rhonda at Farmhouse Style so kindly invited me to play tag and list seven little known facts about myself. You know, I am a little worried about this. You know what happened the last time I played tag, if not you can read about my experience here! But you know, I’m over it. Even if Martha Stewart herself came by today, she’s welcome to join in the fun. I wonder what Martha would say if I tagged her, should I try it? Actually, I don’t want to know. I don’t need anymore pressure.

Ok folks, let the games begin:

1. I have a choking phobia. My kids all know this. Everyone in my town knows this about me (I often hear people say, oh, yeah, you have that ‘thing’ about choking!) COME ON PEOPLE, CHOKING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!). I cut up my kids’ apples and carrots and bananas into little tiny slivers. Even when they are 19 years old. I am not kidding. And I always follow up by saying, “Take one bite at a time and chew slowly.” Sorry! Choking is a life and death matter and you can’t be too careful. Please do not tell me your choking stories in my comments, it only adds to my resolve to avoid choking. Just say you understand and leave it at that.

2. I’m not too organized. My husband picks up after me everyday. I set things in little piles all over the place so I won’t forget something, and he swoops in every night and gathers up all my piles and throws them in a box or bag somewhere. That is so helpful, honey! NOT! He likes ambience even more than I do, so he doesn’t want to see my stuff all over. But he forgets I also like AUTHENTIC LIVING. And for me, that includes piles on the table. And on the chair. And desk. And bathroom counter.

3. I have been asked to write a monthly column for a wonderful online magazine. My first one is online now! But I hesitate to tell you about it, because I don’t like to say LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! You have to just happen upon these little discoveries about me, I am the kind of person who likes to just sort of blend in to the sidelines. Not really a wallflower, just not attention seeking. One day awhile back I had 3,000 visitors here and I almost had a panic attack. (I thought maybe the paparazzi had some scoop on me and sent the world over to check it out!) I am so humbled to be a part of the magazine! I will give you all the link here.

7 Facts, plus a bonus one

4. Along the lines of #3, I do not like to have a lot of attention drawn to myself.

5. Ok, now I am digging here for something else you don’t know. Or would care to know. Honestly, I don’t particularly like to cook. Again, I’m sorry! I know that is so not Martha-like to say, but I’m just saying! Once in awhile for a special occasion I do, or if I had a lot of free time, but for the most part I just like to get it over with. It is messy, time consuming and you eat the results. Not my kind of project! If I create something, I want to see it every day in all its glory.

6. I want to start embroidering. I’ve said this on a couple of other people’s blogs, but I’ve wanted to embroider for a long time. Other bloggers and their nifty talents have inspired me to get going on this. I guess I just need to set aside time for it or I’ll never start. You crafty gals are just amazing.

7. I’m short! Well, pretty short. 5 foot 2 inches.

Alrighty, there you have it! Little known facts and the longest post in blogging history. It pains me to devote an entire post to myself. It REALLY does. I am not just saying this. But, because I love you all so much, I do this for you to be a gracious blogger. I want you to know how much I appreciate you, EACH ONE OF YOU, your visits, your support, your encouragement. Really, I do. Thanks Rhonda, for asking me to play!

7 Facts, plus a bonus one

Bonus Fact: All the photos were taken last fall when I was in Budapest. Our family’s publishing company won an award, and we were flown to Hungary. This is an amazing city! The first picture shows the Danube River. Second photo is the Royal Grand Corinthian Hotel where we stayed. The third is from Heroes Square.

Authentic Living

Authentic Living

More than any other time of the year, Fall is when I start craving a life filled with tradition and purpose. In the summer, life gets a bit more carefree. A great day is one in which you were happy not doing much at all, other than activities involving sunscreen or suitcases. But as October begins, I invariably start thinking about the kind of life I want in my home.

It is so easy to get swayed by all the distractions in life.
Even as new wonderful things are invented to supposedly save us time and frustration, new challenges emerge as we try to use them. The internet is no exception. It can be a blessing and a curse. It is really a catch-22, there are so many time-saving tools available online to organize us, help us manage our time, and add to our sense of connection, yet we must spend so much time in process of attaining that new insight or connection with people that we can miss out on the simple joys of everyday life.

Authentic Living

One of the things I crave most of all in my home is a cozy atmosphere for my family. A respite from the outside world where we can be together. I like comfy places to sit down with a book, places to light a fire or a flickering candle, inviting places to dine together and play games. Yet even if I find the time to create those surroundings, the reality is I need to set aside time to actually use them.

That is the heart of authentic living for me.

I need to create the spaces I want to use, and then I need to carve out the time to live in the moment. Otherwise the moment will pass on by in the blur of my to do list. Easier said than done, huh? Especially for those of us with growing careers and/or children, there is always one more thing to do.

My goal is to make a priority out of LIVING the life I want, not just creating the atmosphere for it. The busier I get, the harder that is becoming. That means I’m going to have to live on purpose. I have to be intentional and not get carried away with the superfluous. The life I want won’t happen on its own.

Authentic Living

So with that said, I am off to redecorate my dining room to be more inviting and user friendly. I’ve got new simple butter yellow curtains (speaking of curtains, you have got to look at Jackie Von Tobel’s gorgeous book!), I resized my table to be smaller and cozier for game playing and intimate dinners, I added soft gold and red patterned shades to my glass chandelier, and I am going to paint my wainscoting to warm up the room. I’ll add some cozy linens, stacks of my favorite books, and scatter some attractive wood games on the table.

Then I will say, “Let the games begin!” and I will really mean it this time. And I won’t take a picture of the end result to share with you until it includes photos of my family actually playing games, not just a game laying on the table for a prop.

Are you with me? I hope so.

Two sources of endless inspiration for your homes:
Dining rooms from Traditional Home website
Centerpiece from Better Homes & Gardens website
Authentic Living