Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Breaking through a blogging block


Note:  I had a bunch of photos with this, but was unable to get them to upload to blogger.  I’m deleting them and trying to upload without photos to see if it works. edited to add:  I was able to update it this morning with the photos!  Yay!!!!

Ever find that the longer you go without blogging the harder it gets to start back up? 

I didn’t intend to take a blogging break, really I didn’t. 

It’s just, well, I was feeling a huge time crunch and blogging was the victim of it.  After a week flew by I tried to sit down and blog but realized I had nothing to show you for the week.  As the 2nd week went by I found I still had nothing to say, the third week I couldn’t even begin to tell you where my camera was (it had been that long since I took a photo)  and now; it’s well into week 4 (make that 6 now) and I am wondering if I will ever be able to find anything to blog about again!

What about you?  Have you ever stepped away and then found it hard to get back in the swing of things?

I miss blogging, more than I could have imagined.  I miss the ongoing conversations with my blog friends.  The creativity sparked by all the wonderful ideas you all have, the aha! moments when you see something used in a way you’d never have imagined then all of a sudden you think of even other ways it could be used.

I miss hearing what’s going on in your world, pictures of the grandbabies, children, pets, your homes and yards, your vacations and children’s weddings.. When you are having difficult times I miss the chance to support, pray, and sympathize with you.  

I miss you, my friends.  I truly do.

One other thing I’ve noticed during this “break”.  It’s been easier to let go of things. The yard is cleaned out, and I’ve given up on several projects I once wanted to do……as I said to Mike, I’m “over” that. 

Things like the pond I wanted to put in, but couldn’t find a good spot for…gone. 

The window greenhouse I wanted to build, but really didn’t need….gone.

That barrel I wanted to convert into a rain barrel?  gone

The wicker trunk coffee table the dogs chewed up this winter? gone

I’ve put so many things out to the curb these past few weeks I can’t even believe it myself.  The good news is that everything has been picked up by fellow curb shoppers, so I feel happy to have passed on some of that excitement of a great find to others. 

Maybe one of them is a blogger too, and is writing about her(his) recent finds right now.

My curbshopping has been limited to an odd piece here and there, passing up the big stuff. 

I know, it’s just not my usual M.O.  If this keeps up I may even have to consider changing the name of my blog!

Meanwhile, on the home front,  the veggie garden is growing like crazy, with the zucchini plants taking over the bed.  (also a small critter family, judging by the holes throughout the raised bed)


Mike and I have spent every spare moment hanging out around the bar in the revamped outdoor kitchen….

(mostly working, as pouring the concrete for the counters kept us busy for several weekends)



That is, until the mosquitoes drive us into the new bigger and better screened gazebo for shelter.


Our house is still in the process of being painted by “Tom the Paint Artist” (as we are fond of calling him).   I feel guilty when he’s painting away and I’m home relaxing.  There is just something so wrong with that!

BTW, He’s been threatening to paint a frame around my “patchwork” of sample colors around the window. 


He painted over my striped wall by the outdoor kitchen last weekend.  (I’ll miss my poor stripes)


Remember last fall when I painted them on? 


I’ll get some good photos of the new look of the house to show you. 

The front is just about done and looks soooo different.

I can’t wait to do the big “reveal”.

We are loving it! 

Hmmm. ,maybe I do have stuff to blog about after all!

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  1. Rose! I am sooooo glad to see this post! Today my post includes and old window I bought and I thought, now Rose would have had the luck to find several of this curbside and for free...hey where the heck has she been??? So hoping you will start blogging again. I think breaks are good but sometimes hard to come back from. I too have been letting go of more stuff...refining my desires in the junkin world and my blog. And YES
    you have lots to blog about. hugs, Linda

  2. Good to see you back. You've been busy :) Can't wait to see the pics of your new house color. Take care ~

  3. You were missed! It sounds like it was a good break from blogging, and I'm excited to see your house!

  4. Rose! You must have sensed me thinking about you and wonder what you've been up to. Blogging breaks are good. Glad to see you post again and looking forward to the pics of your house!

  5. good for you! think several of us are going through similar situations. blogging sits on the back burner while real life takes over. and i'm with you.. the huge list of "to do's" has fallen by the wayside in clear light of new perspective. not always a bad thing! :)

  6. I hear ya! Loud and clear! I seem to get in that blog haze a lot! In fact, I just quit the blog I started in January and am now posting on my new blog which is just "reruns" from my other blogs! I just find an oldie but goodie that I wrote before, copy and paste into Blogger- and them I'm free for all the summer projects and gardening and errands that gain priority. And what a relief to be able to relax a bit from writing!
    Glad you are back!

  7. Rose, I'm so glad you came back to say hello! I hope you don't step away from blogging forever. I do love seeing what tricks you have up your sleeve and your creative process. You inspire! And, you're funny, which I enjoy. Blogging breaks are always needed (I take them all the time!) and we all understand that...just don't go forever! We'd miss you too much! ;)

  8. I took a double take when I saw your post on my sidebar... could it be the infamous Rose has come back to us... oh yes you did. Good to see you back buddy... I really missed you.

    I figured you were busy doing something. Oh I know all about that "over it" thing. I can't seem to get excited about any project lately. Gardening is taking way too much of my time this summer and I am not liking it a bit.

    I am looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend away... leaving all the weeds to fend for themselves. Hope you have a great weekend too Rose. Welcome back.

    Can't wait to see the big reveal on the house.

    PS... I have the same problem getting pics on sometimes too. Wish they would quit messing around.

    Hugs, Deb

  9. Glad you are back on here blogging. Yes sometimes we all need a break, and also you know you have to let go of the old to let the new come into your life!

  10. You were missed...but I could relate to all you said!! I sure wish I had been one of the drive by's that snagged your goodies!!! But sometimes when you step away from all the stimulation on the web, you decide you really don't need that after all!!! I still wish I had an outdoor kitchen...but honestly, don't think I could pull it off!!

  11. I was so excited to see a post from you. I was hoping you were just taking a break. I know I have had to go down to only one (occasionally) two posts per week because as much as I love it, it was just too much keeping up with real life and posting everyday. Can't wait to see your house!

  12. ohhh, so glad you posted! :)
    I am sorry you had problems with blogger/windows live writer. I actually had an error message tonight and had to close down WLW and open it back up. (after saving a local draft)
    I'm lucky that I have had a sneak peek at your lovely house! You included my FAVORITE color! I can't wait to see the big reveal!
    I also want to see your gazebo and your concrete counter tops! I'm not a very patient friend!
    I have missed you in blogland!
    don't stay away so long next time, k?

  13. So glad you got the pics to load in! Well worth the wait. Lovin' that outdoor kitchen! the counters look awesome! That gazebo looks like the perfect place to sit and relax on a cool evening!
    Loving the color you chose for the house, I know it was a tough decision for you!

  14. Glad to see you back, I can relate to the whole blogging thing, I have not been very faithful with blogging.......enjoy your weekend.

  15. I'm glad I came back to see the pics! Yay!

  16. Love the screened in gazebo. Outdoor kitchen looks great. Love the paint color :)


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