Monday, April 23, 2012

one thing after another

sometimes I find these beautiful moths all over my front door in the morning!
It wasn't just my computer that needed surgery.  My grandmother has been in the hospital since last Sunday.  She had open heart surgery, and her recovery has been tentative and grueling.  Which has made me not care at all about my computer probably being un-fixable. I am able to update my blog because I'm really lucky and have a good friend who is a computer genius, and is very kind.  Not only is he letting me borrow a computer from him while I'm saving to buy a new computer, but also he was able to transfer everything from my old computer onto this interim computer.  Of course, I'd trade all the computers in the world for my grandma to get well.  And did I mention that my cousin is also in the ICU recuperating from a terrible car accident? Even with all the suffering in the world, there is beauty right along side it, and mixed right in it.

Lettuce is coming up in my parents' vegetable garden...

Irises and poppies and roses are blooming in my mom's flower gardens...

all of these irises came from a single clump I gave my mom for
 mother's  day when I was nine! (And there are LOTS more beyond the
confines of this picture!)

I've spent a lot of meaningful hours with my family in the hospital.  And my brother even taught me how to milk a cow today.  Her calf was born sick and we're trying to nurse it back to health.   We were kneeling down in the mud and rain and the cow came close to peeing on us.  But we were laughing.

And last week before all of the recent emergencies happened, I read a really nice decorating book.  The Perfectly Imperfect Home:  How to Decorate & Live Well by Deborah Needleman.  It has charming watercolor illustrations by Virginia Johnson, it reads super-quickly, and you can learn things like the correct names for different styles of couches and the approaches of various designers and decorators of note.  However, I think I liked Deborah Needleman's introduction the most of all for the simple way she justifies decorating as a meaningful and important part of life.  Here is an excerpt:

Embracing imperfection in a home does not mean that anything goes.  Here it means aiming for beauty tempered by reality.  If real life involves mess, accidents, memory, and the incidental, then so too must decorating account for serendipity, and even embrace it.  

The point of decorating, as far as I can tell, is to create the background for the best life you can have...

Decoration can be life-enhancing.  It can make dinner parties more fun, kids happier, relaxing easier, talks more intimate, guests at ease.  And to think decorating is often considered frivolous.  Making a charmed and happy home is a noble endeavor.  The simple secret is making sure that every decorating decision contributes to the creation of beauty and comfort.  Beauty to uplift our senses (to transcend the mundane) and comfort to make us feel taken care of (to embrace us in the mundane). 
     - Deborah Needleman, from pages 14 - 15 of her introduction to The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well, published by Clarkson Potter of New York in 2011.

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1 comment:

  1. so sorry to hear about your grandma and cousin, life is precious! I hope they are doing better!!