Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Tending - Week 4

Genesis 2:15  Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.

The Bible often depicts God's work in us as the work of a gardener- pruning and tending to us.  

On the one hand, I have so enjoyed the act of tending to my little garden.  Only four weeks and my tomato plants are bearing tiny little fruit and my cucumber plants are blooming with lovely yellow flowers under the covering of their leaves.

This has been sharply contrasted with the uncountable hours I have spent this spring laboring in my flower beds trying to remove the weeds that have absolutely taken over.  I won't sadden you with the pictures of my dilapidated landscape.  

What is interesting to me is how the relatively weak rooted weed systems have nearly killed some mature plants simply because these established plants had small branches that had grown near the bottom and not been pruned.  The weeds took hold and began climbing.  

Hebrews 12:11  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

I'm just considering what a grace it is to me that God 'prunes' me, not allowing my bad habits or ugly thoughts to take root or linger opening me up to worse things.  And also realizing what a huge responsibility I have been given as a parent to love and discipline my children.  It is no wonder that so many parents find themselves faced with wild teenagers they can't control and it is a huge uphill battle because so many things have already laid roots.  Praying for mercy that I would have wisdom to prune wisely in a continual way for my children's good.

Monday, April 26, 2010

31 more days...

Embarrassingly, I haven't really done much as far as exercise since my last post.  I jogged and walked with G one day, did some crunches another day, and this weekend I took an hour long walk with the hubby and G.  Here I sit eating a cheeseburger for breakfast. :P

Can I make some excuses?  G got pretty sick last week and is still sick.  I'm exhausted from taking care of him.  Being a mommy is a lot of work!

Other than that big excuse, I am just not motivated. 

HELP!  I need motivation!!!  Ideas?


Thursday, April 22, 2010


Tonight I sorted through my "Idea Book" for the first time in a very very long time.  I can say with confidence, it is a good thing my husband and I did NOT build a house early on in our marriage.  Our tastes have certainly grown over time.  

I tossed at least 90% of my book keeping only things that I loved or were very representative of our taste.  It's neat to see the things that are repeated themes.  

For example: As it turns out, I don't love a crystal chandelier in a dining room but I find them totally romantic other places.

#1 - The master bathroom

#2 - A baby nursery

#3 - Kitchens

#4 - Master Bedroom

Don't we all need a little more romance in the daily parts of our lives?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

36 Days Until Bathing Suit Time!

I have 36 days to get ready for a family vacation to Siesta Key.  This is such a fun trip for my family as we get together at the same beach house every year.  And every year our family grows.  I will be bringing my son, G, for the first time who was born last year in June.  And I will be wearing a bathing suit.  And I need to get rid of my skin flap.  Hence this post.

Keep me accountable??

Today I'm going to go for a jog with G.  I'll report back to ya.


Love and Hate of Vines

I generally have strong unfriendly feelings toward climbing vines, and for good reason.  I have spent an hour every day for the last 3 weeks pulling weeds out of our flower beds where we so carefully put down landscaping fabric and mulch to keep weeds out.  But climbing vines...they don't require soil, just and inch of mulch to wind through and choke out my plants.
Last summer I was pregnant and allowing my son to play outside while I wrestled some vicious vines off of our azalea bushes.  I knew it was serious business when my little guy started pulling leaves off and making "UH!" noises, mimicking my efforts.

BUT, Savannah has lent me some romanticism toward climbing ivy.  I especially love it on stone steps covering the risers.  Aren't these lovely?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Tending - Week 3

The highlight of my gardening week was finally attempting a smell test to determine if what I thought were basil and cilantro were in fact such.  Look at this thriving little basil bush.  I picked a leaf from each plant, rubbed it between my fingers and smelled them.  Wow, fresh from the garden really does smell sweeter.  I can't wait until these mature enough for me to cook with them!

I also decided it was time to attempt this "thinning" activity my seed packets called for.  The zinnia seeds were so small I basically scattered them wildly and figured I'd sort it out later.  Some of them were coming up awfully close together and crowding one of my zucchini plants so I began my thinning there. Here is before and after.

But I just could not STAND the thought of throwing away those sweet little flower plants!  So I tried my hand at transplanting.  The flower boxes in front of my driveway were nothing short of pathetic, so I emptied them, put in new potting soil and moved these babies in.  We'll see how they hold up.  I am hoping come summer there will be flowers everywhere!

My Imperfection

I've been pondering the title of this blog - Joyful Imperfection - for awhile now, and I wanted to do a post about my imperfections.  I want to make absolutely sure that you and I both know I am imperfect.  Unfortunately, this blog doesn't allow you to see me as a whole person - just the snippets that reflect from my posts.  So here are some of my imperfections:

I find it difficult to help my husband in the areas where he needs help.  I am quick to help him where I think he needs help, but I struggle to do the work it takes to be an effective help meet.  My husband is struggling to learn German all over again in order to finish his BA.  I should help him by making him flashcards or something, but I always find myself too busy to help him.  I'm working on this. :)

I completely dislike cleaning my pink bathroom.  I avoid cleaning it.  It's not on my radar or in my cleaning routine.  I  have mildew on the caulk around the tub.  I'm not really working on this. :)

I get jealous of people.  And bitter about their circumstances compared to mine.  I'm working on this. :)

Ok, I have to stop.  It's getting difficult to be humble.  Maybe I should try working on that.


My Hummingbird Feeder

A springtime activity that I enjoy is putting out sugar water for hummingbirds. It's such a joy to feed them and to see their beautiful forms right outside your window. The following are photos I took making the sugar water food. I'm sure I did it all wrong, but isn't this blog named Joyful Imperfection?


Monday, April 19, 2010


My husband took me on a lovely weekend getaway to Savannah, GA.  The weather was perfect, the town beautiful and the hotel amazing.  I took lots of pictures of architecture I plan to share at a later date but for now.

My favorite aspect of our hotel room was the super deep window sills.  I plopped my self down there several times to look over maps, enjoy a cup of coffee and look out at the park.  Don't you want one?

I'm a little spoiled to the lovely live oaks ask they are quite at home in Tallahassee, but still beautiful, no?

And my favorite photograph from the weekend

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Fellow bloggers...all I have to say is this.  Some fabulous things are happening this weekend and I plan to photograph all of them with my super cool new (to me) SLR Camera.  Expect lots of loveliness on Monday or Tuesday!

Until then, have a super weekend and check out this unbelievable bathroom remodel from one of my new favorite blogs.  Make sure to get the extra pics.  Makes my remodel look a little sad ;)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Assess those Assets!

Spring makes me want a change of wardrobe, well every change of seasons for that matter.  Which means I end up at the mall twice a year (there are only 2 seasons in Florida.)  Did you know mini-skirts are back 'in'.  I'm not kidding.  And one piece rompers too.  Below are straight from the Forever 21 website, you want them don't you?

This makes me think about the general lack of people considering how to best emphasize their best features.  What I mean is playing up those things that are your assets and not so much those things that are not.  I for one cannot wear a miniskirt, nor do I want to for that matter, but you have to have some seriously shapely legs to do anything with one.  I know the 90s mid-drift must be right around the corner which means lots of girls hanging out bellies that probably would do better concealed.

Have you ever tried to apply these same principles to your home?  What are the best features of your house, and how do you emphasize them?  Are there a handful of things you do when you are going to have company or someone calls on their way to drop in unexpectedly?

Our house faces a lovely lake, its one of the major reasons we bought the house.  So even though I have a 2 year old who CONSTANTLY puts his slimy hands on our back windows, I always give them a quick cleaning when people are coming and open all the blinds.  We have black granite tile counters.  If you have ever had shiny black granite you know it conveys one of two messages, either "I am shiny and reflective" or "I show fingerprints like it's nobody's business."  So a wipe down is the #2 thing I do before people step into my house.

Step back with a visitor's eyes and ask yourself what your home's greatest features are and play them up!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday Tending - Week 2

Only 2 weeks in and all kinds of things are popping through!  So very exciting.

My favorite so far is the zucchini, this is one serious plant.  

And I find it fascinating to see these things popping out from seeds, in some cases, like the green beans below you can actually see the seed breaking out.

Of course, as soon as I took this picture my 2 year old promptly reached down and tore off one of the leaves from this little fella.  We'll see how well the garden survives my black thumb and his little pinchers.  

But for now, its growing along.  Wonder if I need to fertilize it...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Barn Doors...In Doors

Not sure why I am on a "if I built a house" kick, but I am.  So I will keep rolling.

A few years back Southern Living did one of their design homes in Tallahassee and it was freakin' awesome.  One of my favorite features was the use of barn doors.  They used them to close off an in-hall laundry area and to separate the master bath from the bedroom.

I keep thinking of all the places I could maybe use one.  I'd love to find an old used one.  Or paint one an electric blue.
How about to separate a dining room from a kitchen?  Or in a pool room to close off a guest bedroom?  The master bath is always a winner.

Here are a few to feast your eyes on.  They are all live links if you want to check out their homes, none of the photography is mine.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Color Splash

Do you have a design journal?  You know, a notebook full of pictures of things you like, are inspired by, etc?  The more I add to mine, the more I realize I really like a simple backdrop with a splash of color.  Dark floors, white, black and grey woodwork, and a bright rug or piece of furniture.  Here is a perfect example.  What do you think?

Check out this blog, it has all kinds of visual tasty treats.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easter leftovers

What did you do with your Easter leftovers?  I made soup, boiled up that big ole ham hock with some carrots, celery and onion until the meat was falling off the bone, split it in two and made a 15 bean ham soup and a black bean.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Finally untangled...

The front of my bathroom drawers are a tangle of necklaces that would make a jeweler cry, even if they are mostly costume jewelry.  I've been looking and looking for a jewelry box but I need one of those huge ones with side doors to hang my long necklaces on and I...

      1- Don't have space for what would essentially be a new piece of furniture
      2- Don't want to spend the money.

So I've been just untangling the best I can.

Then I saw these little hooks out in my garage (and picked up some more in my grocery aisle for $2) and created a nearly costless and spaceless solution!

Here is my dresser:

Here is my solution (with more hooks to come):