My bloggy-friend, Amber, takes some of the most awesome pictures of her children (of course, she's working with some really great material) and visiting her blogÂ makes me feel all warm and fuzzy - sort of like sinking into my favorite over-stuffed chair and sipping on a deliciously fruity red wine.Letting down and inspiring tranquility, when chaos threatens to dampen even the strongest of spirits.
Then I got this idea.
After taking the kids to school this past week (can't remember which day, exactly, as they all seem to sort of meld together after a while) I walked the dog and then -Â trying to avoid the rather large piles of dirty laundry - I walked around my very dusty house, pushed passed the unopened mail, picked up my "current projects" folder that I managed to drop and then tried to decide what to tackle first.
Feeling even less inspired,Â I grabbed my camera and headed outside.
Afterall, it was a picture-perfect day and - though, I started toÂ panicÂ thinking I had left the camera on the soccer field, somewhere - working in my gardens is a guilty pleasure.Â Best doneÂ aloneÂ with my thoughts.Â A time when getting dirty was key.Â As a childÂ allowed to play in a mud puddleÂ and just being happy living in the moment.Â The deeper I dug into the soil, theÂ stronger the release.
I planted a shade garden - that runs from my backdoor and right under the kitchen window - which is one of my most favorite places to sit, especially very early in the morning before the rest of the house wakes, and I can't think of a better place to start Picture Perfect Thursday:
I call this photo:Â "Still" - A bit dusty, a little disheveled and slightly worn - perhaps even looking a bit overwhelmed, don't you think? - sheÂ isÂ still able to lookÂ passed the weedsÂ and keeps her focus on the beauty that is all around her.Â A picture-perfect reflection of what I'm feeling.Â Right now.
[If you would like to join me in sharing a "guilty pleasure" for Picture Perfect Thursday - let me know in the comments section of thisÂ (as well any future) post.Â I'll link to it and hopefully, we'll get toÂ learn a little more about each other.Â What do you have to lose?Â A little time, perhaps?Â It's all about YOU, babe.Â Â Surely, it's time well spent!]