Friday, November 19, 2010

Home Sweet Home...

I found this quote in a magazine recently, and I love, love, LOVE it! It made me feel so much better about my house, about me -- and just happy in general! I'm so glad I'm providing my children with such a warm, loving environment, with plenty of poetry!

"Clutter is the poetry of our homes. It is an intimate view that is not always perfect -- a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. Everything in its place may give a certain satisfaction, but a lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth." 

~ Mary Randolph Carter, author of A Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign of a Misspent Life

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy Birthday to The {Scrappy} Girl Next Door!

It was a year ago today that I started this blog! (It actually really blows my mind that a whole year has passed so quickly!)

In usual "Tracy Style," I contemplated blogging for quite some time before actually creating my blog. It went something like this, "Should I really spend time writing down my thoughts? Who's gonna' read it?"  or "Do I really want to reveal things about me that are personal, perhaps trivial, and well,  sometimes downright quirky?" or "Gee, do I really need something else to work on? I already have plenty of hobbies -- do I need something else to add to my To Do list?"  All of these things went through my head, and one day it just   hit me -- "What do I possibly have to lose -- Just do it already!" So, The {Scrappy} Girl Next Door was created!

The thing that has surprised me about blogging is how instantly gratifying it is, and how much I really do enjoy going back and reading posts from previous months. These two reasons alone are enough to keep me blogging.

When I say instantly gratifying, I really love that feeling when everything is all typed,  spell check is complete and you hit Publish Post.  I can spend days and days working on a scrapbook layout, and I rarely get that immediate sense of gratification. (I keep working on the layout, wondering if I should make changes, should I add just one more thing, etc.) I see scrapbooking as sometimes never-ending (with three busy kids and all!) but my blogging can be done in just a few free minutes I have in the evening once everyone is in bed. Love that it's short and sweet, and DONE!

The second reason I mentioned, going back and rereading earlier posts, really does make me feel like I've actually preserved memories. It takes me back to that day, that event, that layout -- whatever the post was about -- and makes me recall specific little details that I might have otherwise forgotten. My posts make me remember very special times (and even a few not-so-fun times: see post Keepin' it Real, when we had Swine Flu on Thanksgiving!)  but sometimes they also make me more aware of how far I've come. It's all right there, just for me (and occasionally a few of my followers!) to read. Basically, just the modern day diary!

So, all in all, I'm happy that I became a blogger! Some days I'm not sure how I want to proceed with my blog, and what direction to take. It will be very interesting to see what the next year brings. Blogging definitely preserves some of my favorite memories, and Hey, I don't lose my blog like those countless little spiral bound notebooks I used to buy for journaling!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Happy Birthday, Scrappy Girl!