I skipped a month of the Where We Live blog circle due to computer problems. My last blog circle post was in June. I wrote about how we’ve been living on an Army base all summer in a small hotel room while my husband is in training. I wrote about how it is hard to find beauty here at first glance, but that I was driven to find the beauty here anyway. Well, right after that, my laptop died. I’ve been without Photoshop and Lightroom for most of the summer and I am sorry to report that I have not done so well at finding the beauty through photography. I’ve taken some photos and edited them on my phone or on the app that comes with Windows 8 on my husband’s computer or on Pixlr.com. It’s not quite the same. I love editing photos and just haven’t been as inspired to take them without a consistent means of editing them. I have many things to be thankful for right now, however! My computer is being repaired as we speak and we only have six days left here!!!
Living in a hotel room means lots of junk food and microwaved food. It also means frequently eating out. One of the highlights of our week is when the hotel has free burgers and hot dogs every Wednesday night (with Bingo, which we have discovered to be quite fun). I try to buy fruit and supplies for sandwiches, but still, we are ready to be done with this diet! Living here also means living with a lot of clutter. There is only so much you can do to make one room feel clutter-free.
Because of this, I’ve been getting so excited to move home to our new house! Even cleaning and cooking sound so wonderfully fun right now. I’ve been reading For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School and For the Family’s Sake: The Value of Home in Everyone’s Life by Susan Schaeffer Macauley. Both books have inspired me about the value of homemaking, routines, and traditions. They have inspired me to view cooking dinner and eating together at the same time, at the table as something that is more than a task, but something important, timeless, and wholesome for our relationships as well as our stomachs.
I don’t have much to do here, so naturally that sent me off perusing blogs on real food, cleaning, meal-planning, home organization notebooks, routines, etc. You know, all that Pinterest stuff that we all love to think about and make printables for but that is a little ridiculous to actually do. I am definitely not going to keep an inventory sheet of what I have in my fridge when I can just look in it instead, nor am I going to follow a detailed zone system for cleaning my house. But I do feel inspired to cook a little healthier and add some routine and rhythm to our days.
When we get back, I would love to visit some local farms (we have a lot of them in the Charlotte area) for produce and corn mazes:
Our neighbor grows blueberries and gave us some. We found blackberries already growing in our backyard:
Next year, I’d love to try to grow (and not kill) some fruits and veggies in our own yard.
Thanks for sticking with me this far! Next month will have more photos and less rambling! :)
The next stop in the circle is Faye Sevel Photography! This month, she is showing us the beautiful Riverview Farmstead Preserve at the end of her street.