Thursday, August 6, 2009

Today, Inside. Today, Outside.

In this "Today, Inside/Outside" series, I will be turning my attention to simple snapshots that capture something memorable about our space that particular day inside and, well, outside!

I seem to find myself caught up in a whirlwind of daily demands and activities that steal the living-in-the-moment focus that I've been attempting to implement. Most of the photos in these Inside/Outside posts will probably not appear magnificent to the casual observer. That's okay. They will most likely represent the moments that I want to remember long after this day has passed. Perhaps they will be photo glimpses of something I'm hearing, smelling, creating, touching, eating, seeing. Maybe simple or significant or silly or heartbreaking or peaceful or thrilling or once-in-a-lifetime moments: frozen in time for my overloaded/overthinking brain to recall and reminice about someday down the line.

I'm always on the lookout for ways to slow down and look around me, to find that treasure hiding under the surface, waiting to be discovered. That's the main reason I take part in The Simple Woman's Daybook. It forces me to be present and note what I see, hear, think. This is like that, except in pictures. With a few words or no words at all, depending on what the photos are saying to me that particular day. So, without further ado...

Today, Inside:

Despite the hand in the picture frantically grabbing for a cookie, these cookies could not be classified as "the best oatmeal cookie recipe" that the article claimed they would be. Never mind, it did give me a chance to spend some one-on-one time in the kitchen baking with my 4 year old helper. So even though the recipe was a flop, I don't regret the time we spent making them.

Today, Outside:

"Tiny swimming pools for the fairies," quipped the girl who loves all things magical, when she saw these on the lid of her sandbox this afternoon.


  1. It is very hard to live "in the moment", but just practicing a bit of mindfulness here and there accomplishes that. The first photo of your children is a treasure:-) Now that is a "moment keeper"!

  2. Thank you for the encouragement, Suzanne! Mindfulness is not one of my finer points (yet!), but with enough practice, I hope it will become a way of living for me.