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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Diminishing Talent?


What was is no longer in me. There was a time in my life when I could just muster up enough imagination to simply create something. Be it sewing from an antique dress pattern ... arranging flowerbeds .... or baking a gazillion hand decorated Christmas cookies. My last great effort was spent on designing and furnishing our new home. However, I think my light bulb is growing dim. Oh, I still subscribe to home decorating magazines ... but no longer do I rip out pages for my idea scrapbook. I still enjoy ooohhhing and aaahhhing over magazine spreads showing plates and dishes brimming with yummy looking food. To be honest, I don't know the last time I've even tried to make a dish from a magazine. I've fallen into a pattern of making meals that are standard, tried and true meals my kids will eat. No fancy dinners served on China dishes with crystal goblets. No getting out the vintage silverware that belonged to grandma. Why? It's just too much work to hand wash all the finery. My new motto: Keep It Simple. It is becoming harder and harder for me to expend brain cells on creativity. I still have curtains to finish up and walls to decorate at home ... but getting it done is like pulling teeth ... OUCH! My midnight oil is running low.

11 comments:

Jim said...

Was it harde to make a dish from a magazine? I can make paper airplanes!

Don't get into a rut MM, that can get you down.
OK, both of us here do those magazines. Mrs. Jim reads more than she cooks. And I read more car and radio magazines than I do car and radio things.
Golf too for me.
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Pat said...

You just described my state of mind. I think we pour so much of ourselves into our homes that from time to time, the vessel seems to feel depleated. It's that "all work and no play" thing! I have some ideas in my head of things I'd LIKE to do...but they never seem to happen, nor do I have the drive to make them happen.
Let's take a girls vacation...I think we're due!

Constance said...

I agree with Pat there too! The other thing is not beating yourself up over the fact that you aren't doing... (fill in the blank) That's a trap that satan lays for us and we just walk right into it! Then he makes us feel like we are failing in our duties as wives, moms, etc. I have a kitchen full of untried recipes but I refuse to feel bad about it. My family is well fed and if they don't complain it must be alright. (Trust me, my family doesn't have a problem complaining if they're not happy!) We are way harder on ourselves than we need to be! My 2 cents worth for the day!
Connie

Amrita said...

Oh no Mrs Mac you are well oiled LOL.

Mrs. Mac said...

You guys crack me up ;) My pity party is over ... (lol) ... I pour too much into my family that there's not much left of me to expend on my interests. Pat, I'm ready for that girl trip ... in fact ... that's what the Lord whispered in my ear in the wee hours ... "you need a vacation Mrs. Mac ... away from your children" ... I'm going to dig up some travel brochures ... where should we go?

Pat said...

I'm up for just about anywhere - as long as it's not something like mountain climbing!!
BTW - just for the record, Amrita cracks me up! Can that girl leave a great comment or what!?!

Margie said...

I think you should come visit all of us, and by the way, your home could be in those magazines

Jim said...

Thanks for your vote of confidence today. :-)
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Sara said...

ain't nothing wrong with simplifying. i think you done enough work lately!

Saija said...

hey if anyone is going on any trips, don't forget me!

glad you are feeling better ... :o)

Elder Smith said...

oh, man....you and me both. sigh...

Tammy and Parker