Aaaccckkk! It's Ventage Tuesday, and I'm the last one posting. I had these grand plans to take well thought out photographs, and ended up snapping quick photos with my phone this am (hence the weird purple cast). Sigh. Will I ever get my act together?
The theme this week is where we live. None of us live in a Pottery Barn spread...and all of us wish that we had a maid. That being said, I feel guilty posting these pics. I no longer have little ones running around (although, a 16 year old boy is challenging in it's own right). I have also shifted some of my habits in the past 6 weeks in an attempt to make all thing domestic a bit less stressful. So, I decided to focus on 5 areas of my house that are making me happy...
The upstairs living room, and my meditation altar. I don't use this fireplace for anything but candles (real fires happen in the downstairs fireplace). Not that you can see it in this photo, but I love the way the light falls in the morning. After years of rarely using this room, it has quickly become the place where we read, chat, and do homework.
When I took a Mondo Beyondo class a few years ago, we talked a lot about making a clearing. One of the analogies was "clearing the table." That idea has really stuck with me. A clean, clear table makes me feel calmer at the end of the day. Austin & I (and Hope when she's home, obvi) eat dinner at the table every night. Real plates. Real silverware. Cloth napkins. If I had to make ONE suggestion to you moms of littles? Clear the table.
We have a gorgeous whirlpool tub. I'm determined to use it this winter - water bill be damned. Oh, those photos on the wall make me happy, too - I took them at Pismo Beach a few years ago. One of my favorite places.
Pretty sure that I've posted a similar pic before. I make my bed now. :) I marvel at the fact that I shared this bed with another person for so many years. It now seems far too small to share.
And...my office. Let's call it creatively messy, shall we? I never quite get it organized. It's never quite clean. For the most part, the office works for me.
Be sure to visit the other Ventage girls - Barb, Em, Angie, and Steph - and please leave some love!