Showing posts with label Greener Grass on Other Blogs; Lemonade Award. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Greener Grass on Other Blogs; Lemonade Award. Show all posts

Monday, February 16, 2009


When I began this blog, it was all about ME! ME! ME! It was a creative outlet for me. It was a way for me to record some of my thoughts (I always think that after I'm gone, my children and grandchildren might be interested to read what I wrote-they sure don't seem very interested in what I have to say now). I never even thought about other people reading my blog. I have been amazed, flattered, and shocked that other people visit this little blog! When I saw on someone else's blog recently that a blog should have a purpose, I started thinking about the purpose of my blog. I realized that, though it started out for ME and about ME, it's purpose has become keeping in touch with the wonderful friends whom I have met in Blogland. I really don't have anything to offer anyone in Blogland, other than my cyber friendship.

Having said that, I will tell you that this posting really IS about ME! So, if you're not interested, I understand, and that's okay. That's one of the things I like about blogs. When you are at a party, if I'm boring you to death talking about me, you can't be rude and just turn and walk away (Right, Miss Janice?). But, if you are reading my blog posting, and you are about to fall asleep due to boredom, you can just exit the blog, and I will never know!

Everyone has a different decorating style (some are more different than others - especially mine). There are very few types of decor that I really dislike. I may like some styles less than others, but I still appreciate and enjoy seeing a lot of different decorating styles. I love seeing a very simple, clean look (even though I am not able to accomplish this look), and I adore the pastel cottage look (another look I am unable to accomplish), and I often aspire to an elegant look (but I'm unable to "do" that look either). If you've visited my blog before, you know that I gotta have my "stuff". If a minimalist ever accidentally visits my blog, I'm sure they can't exit fast enough. I just hope they don't have a nervous breakdown before they get out of my blog.

I really like all of the living rooms pictured above, but just look at all of the different decorating styles.

I can enjoy seeing, and I appreciate the beauty of all of the kitchens pictured above. Yet, there are several different styles portrayed here.

There are so many different types of fireplaces and different ways to decorate the mantels. Aren't all of these fireplaces pretty?

Maybe that is one reason that my home is such a hodge podge. I have never settled on my favorite style. I like all of them! I'm not sure that I can even say that our home has any "style". I am not blogging to show you how to decorate, because I am not a decorator, a designer, or even someone who knows anything about those areas of expertise. I am just a homemaker who loves seeing the beauty in other people's homes. I learn so much from each of you - even (or maybe especially) from those of you who show me a different decor style. When I see your homes, they look so put together and lovely, and then I look at my hodge podge, and the allure of greener grasses calls my name. (And yes, I do realize that, being the bargain hunter I am, I am always buying what someone else is getting rid of; something nobody wants in their home anymore-yes, I know, that should tell me something about my decor!)

I often dream of purging my home of a LOT of my "stuff". I even dream of becoming a minimalist (okay, you can stop laughing now!) When I have attempted to edit my accessories, I became uncomfortable in my own home.

I have never liked the term "country", or the term "cute" when describing home decor, and yet those terms are often used to describe my decor. I've always wanted to have my home decor described as "beautiful" or "elegant", but I have finally admitted to myself that it isn't going to happen (unless I hire a great decorator to come in and redo all of it).

When I was a teenager, I always wanted to be tall, slim, and beautiful. I was much happier when I finally admitted that wasn't going to happen either (I just recently admitted this to myself!).

Of course, I have always wanted to be wealthy too, and I still haven't given up that hope!

Although the grass often LOOKS greener in someone else's home, if we are uncomfortable in that greener grass, it may be better to just stay in our brown grass.

So, you can call my decor "country" or even "cute". It won't bother me at all. I just call my home comfortable, and for me ... comfortable is good (at least most of the time!).

Is it obvious that I haven't COMPLETELY convinced myself that the grass isn't really greener at your house? After all, it has taken me approximately 45 years to convince myself I'm not going to wake up some morning and be tall, slim, and beautiful! (Yeah, I've always been a slow learner).

When I look at your blogs, your homes look so beautiful, even if the decorating style is very different from mine (after all, there aren't many out there like mine!). I admire and often want to emulate your homes, but I know that what I have in my home is right for me and my family (at least, I think I know this - Well, I am trying to know this, and sometimes I even succeed at knowing it!).


I am very tardy about doing this, and I apologize. I do want to thank Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life Blog, who was so kind to present me with the Lemonade Award. Marty has some of the most wonderful things to share. If you haven't visited her, be sure to go see her beautiful blog. Thank you so much for thinking of me with this award Marty.

Thanks so much for coming by and going through self-analysis with me. This may save me a LOT of money if I don't have to go to a professional psychiatrist when I turn green with envy seeing all of the greener grass on your blogs. laurie