Monday, December 01, 2008

The Comfort Zone

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park


There are so many things to worry about these days and so many things to complain about, and it doesn’t do a damn bit of good to do either, so I’m trying not to. And failing miserably. So, I’ve decided that instead of using a blog to give a voice to my frustrations or my anger, I am going to use it to bring comfort.

The one thing I’m proud of is that people who come to my house tell me that it’s warm and inviting. It’s a carry over from my mom, I guess. All my friends used to congregate at our house, and now people congregate at mine. Going down to our favorite bar and sharing a dram with our friends is always fun, but I’d much prefer for our friends to hang out here and have a dram and a conversation. This is also where the Prayer Shawl group meets, where I teach friends to knit over a pot of tea, where my family comes for Thanksgiving, and where we have parties for Al’s co-workers. The door is always open, literally. We open the door so Cosette can look out the glass storm door and bark at the kids walking home from school or people walking their dogs.

So, that’s why the title of this blog has changed. The kettle’s on, so come in and get comfortable while I make a pot of tea and get us something to snack on, then we’ll have a nice chat. And for the most part, let’s talk about things that make us happy and feel content.

Oh, I’m sure there will be those days when I will need to vent, and if I can’t vent here then what the hell good is having a blog anyway? Besides, sometimes conversations go that way and that’s OK.

I’m not exactly sure where this will go. I imagine it will always be a work-in-progress, but I’m going to be OK with that, even though that’s not like me. I like things to be thought out before producing, but I’ve decided I need to let go of these control issues. Besides, the jumble of unfinished projects around me are proof positive that just because you’ve planned it out, doesn’t mean it can be completed.

So, the door is open. Please come in. Unless you’re a vampire, then you are not welcome. Sorry.

9 comments:

Jay said...

No vampires?

What about zombies? Are they invited? ;-)

Tink said...

Ah! Jay stole what I was going to say! Weird... What about fairies? Are they OK?

Kathy said...

I'll be interested to see how your new purpose affects you. What a dynamic thing to do! Brava!

Lisa said...

What about a really hot vampire who looks 17 but is actually 100 years old?

Karen said...

No Vampires? Don't you watch True Blood??? Bill can come over to my house any day.

Betty said...

I like the new title and new look. We had a good time visiting with you and Al. I'm still recovering from the trip home.

Kell said...

OK, OK, vampires are welcome, too. I get the whole sexy vampire thing, but you didn't see the one in my nightmare the other night! Not so sexy.

Dianne said...

what a great title change!

can I pour a little somethin' into my tea? ;)

I have always found your blog comforting.

and a photo of Cossette is like a million hugs

Newt said...

I love it! You're blog has always been comforting and enviting. Your wonderfulness shines through always..........