Saturday in which WMM makes some confessions and visits Notre Dame Cathedral
Happy Saturday All!
Guess what? It is snowing again, that's what! Thank Goodness, because we really needed the snow!!
I think you are all pretty well aware of my, um, technical/computer challenges. I plead guilty and blame it on my job, which has required me to work 60-80 hours per week. One of my resolutions has been to A) actually understand Blogger B) become more familiar with and actually use polyvore and C) become more familiar with and actually use pinterest.
Do not disabuse me of this pursuit. 2013 is about fun. I promise to balance all internet pursuits with reading and exercise. For some odd reason, I have also decided to read all of Dickens this year. I know, I know, the Centenary celebration of his life is now over, but can I be blamed if I am fashionably late. As you know, I am about to turn 50 - who knows what other wacky ideas I will come up with before this year is done?
So I have started taking tentative steps in pinterest and it is quite addictive! It appears that the world is full of beautiful images and recipes and ideas? Well not me, I was writing briefs and reading documents!
And then Patricia got me on to Apartment Therapy's January Cure. Which I have done none of yet, but the way, but my intentions are good!
However, while at the Apartment Therapy site, noodling around, I cam across the picture below:
I must make another startling confession: Oh sure, I love my kitchen, with its own cheap reno that we did a decade ago, Remember here? I even showed a couple of dream photos there, but then I saw the picture above and it got me to dreaming...
I dream of a kitchen reno! And there would be copper! And 6 burners! and a double oven! and butcher's block! and marble! and a walk-in pantry:
Isn't that an amazing pantry???
I am going to need a big bank of windows to look out through:
Isn't it fun to dream of what you would do if you had scads of money? Since I do not currently have this money, I am going to enjoy building my dream kitchen in my castle in the sky, and yes, making a kitchen category in pinterest!!!
How about you? Any dream rooms in your head?
All of my J Crew boxes, orders which were placed 3 1/2 weeks ago, showed up in one fell swoop yesterday. Surprisingly, I think there will be no returns! I will take some pictures today and post them over the next couple of days! Think pink and violet, and not necessarily together!
****************************************** On the 11th day of Christmas, WMM gave to me
A Reminder of the Beauty of Fine Workmanship and Taking the time to SEE
The picture above is just a small snippet of some of the amazing carvings on Notre Dame in Paris.
When I visit cathedrals such as this one, I am continually amazed by the workmanship, the design, the sheer time it took to actualize the dream of this Cathedral. While I like to imagine that the people working on this church were doing so for the glory of God, I know that is not the case. These were hardworking men who needed whatever the Chuch would give them so they could feed their families. I wonder if such exquisite craftsmanship exists today? (surely it does, but on such a scale?)
I imagine that certain fellows were good at certain things and I particularly wonder who they modelled the faces of the saints and the apostles after? Each other? I enjoyed Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth", but I think I need to get a nonfiction book to help me out here. Anyone have a good recommendation?
What this reminds me of is that it is good to take your time and do your best. One of my greatest flaws is a lack of patience (see: another confession!). I rush through things at times, I make little errors, I miss the details. I have never needed or wanted perfection, but I would like to learn to be less careless and learn to take my time. When I visited Notre Dame it was almost overwhelming - there was so much to see, so many little details that it almost became a blur. You can't take it all in. So I focused on several sections of the church and just stared at them and did not worry about the rest; there would be other trips and other opportunities. The panel above is one of the sections that I stared long and hard at. It felt like it became My panel. I just need to remember that sometimes!
Have a very happy Saturday and stay safe out there!