Worst Blogger Ever

Hi, my name is Marlene and I’m the world’s worst blogger. I think there should be an award for Worst Blogger Ever and it should come in the form of fermented grapes. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my blog. I think about topics all the time and say to the other voices in my head “I should totally write about that!” to which I respond “YES! You should!” to which I respond again, “I’ll do that tomorrow.”

Tomorrow’s list very rarely ever gets done and I cannot believe I let my blog’s one year birthday go by without so much as a smash cake to celebrate. I thought about it though. I know…shocking to think about the blog and do nothing about it. I realize this is a theme in my life….There never seems to be enough time to do the things I love to do for ME. There’s always another volunteer obligation, another load of laundry, another errand to run, another activity to drive my kids to. I know I need to be more aware of the things that are important to me and only me. I am going to thin out my excess baggage so that I can more fully enjoy the things I love. I know this will take time because I didn’t get this busy overnight. I’ve done it over years and I’m prepared to face what my life is if I’m not filling it with busyness.

This morning I stumbled across Brian Gardner’s blog post, Packing Light and Unloading the Excess baggage in Your Life. Sometimes someone can write something so fresh that it gives your soul the boost of oxygen it needs. That happened to me this morning and I thought about my kids, my unfinished fall garden projects and my blog. I started this blog with the intention of writing about all things I love that grow. I intend to keep it blooming.

Here’s a visual recap of the moments that made my heart bloom over the past couple of months. I’m moving on from from feeling guilty about not updating my blog and I’m going to make more room for writing, gardening and growing my children.

Summer was GREAT. Hot days by the pool, gardens in full bloom, warm nights, sun-kissed skin and bright skies.

Summer

Summer birthday, summer beauty!

Dahlia Pablo

Summer color in full bloom

Fall was fun! Cooler days, fall bloomers, Halloween, practicing for orchestra concerts and of course planting my bulbs in anticipation for spring.

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I have no idea where the sunflowers in my garden came from, but this rogue bloom brightened up this busy bees day and mine!

halloween decor

Cornstalks, mums and dried liatris from my garden are a great way to make Halloween decorations a little stylish.

cute witch

Cutest. Witch. Ever.

Pierce

He doesn’t sound like a dying cat! I’m truly impressed with my little violinist.

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One landscape bed and 500 bulbs later. Multiply that by 5 and that’s how much bulb planting I did this fall.

Winter is on it’s way, I can feel it in the air (and duh, it is the end of November…I’m just saying it now FEELS like winter). The first frost was beautiful! My daughter calls it frosting and I’ve never had the heart to correct her because it’s incredibly cute. I hope when she’s 20 she still calls it frosting!

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‘Frosting’ looks so pretty on dahlias.

raspberry bushes frost

Frosty raspberry leaves.

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IMG_1888Any tips on balancing life with taking care of your own soul are welcome!

2 thoughts on “Worst Blogger Ever

  1. Hey Marlene … so, let me get this off my chest:

    “You are NOT the worst blogger ever!”

    Ok, now that we’re past that, I want to encourage you … by letting you know that you are not the only person who has sky high dreams and aspirations about writing.

    I wish I could publish something daily, but I just can’t. Or don’t.

    Life keeps me busy, and holds me back a bit — but the most important thing for me is jotting down ideas for down the line and when I get a round tuit. #grins

    Thanks for the link to my post and the comment you left. It thrills me to know that stuff I write about really makes a difference in other people’s lives.

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  2. Hey Brian,

    Thanks for your encouraging words….although if I am, indeed NOT the Worst Blogger Ever I don’t get the award in the form of wine. Guess I’ll break into my own stash and celebrate me for just being me. 🙂

    Will jot more often. 🙂 And you’re welcome!

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