Monday, December 19, 2005

Totally Blissed Out

Because of a rough, emotional Friday and a Saturday spent recovering, cleaning, and shopping, I decided I needed a day packed with so much bliss my heart could hardly stand it. So yesterday was the day, the day for totally blissing out. To start the day Britton and I took a little drive in the drizzle for a photo date. We'd drive until I found something I wanted to photograph then I'd pull to the side of the road, take a few pics, and we'd head off again. The photo featured above is my favorite from the excursion. Once home we dragged dad out of bed and made peanut butter balls...

1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup powdered milk
3 Tbl honey
mix all together and roll into balls

Then I slipped away for a matinee of Walk the Line which I loved. I thought Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic and I was reminded of how much I love Johnny Cash's music. When I returned Britton was napping so I crawled into bed as well and had a fabulous 2 hour nap. It was one of those totally restful naps, comfortable and warm, all the good things a nap is famous for. Then we spent the evening relaxing, blogging, and watching The Incredibles (again!). After Britton was asleep Trey gave me a few lessons on my camera. He's the real photographer of the family. I'm an amateur with an eager heart. He taught me about white balance and it has greatly improved my indoor, flash-free photos. And that was my blissed out day in a nutshell. And it was incredibly myself the gift of bliss healed my wounded heart. I need to make a point of blissing out more often.


Blogger melba said...

Today was a very packed day for me. It is late and I haven't even put the kids to bed. I need as blissed out day, but I don't think one is coming soon so I will vicariously live through you for a moment....well, a huge breath and I will now pick the stickers off the speakers that Maggie felt compelled to decorate with. (I really love that photo and I am happy that you are feeling better since I last checked in on Friday)

7:52 PM  
Blogger ArtsyMama said...

Sounds absolutely divine. You deserve it girl! I'm going to have to learn about that whole white balance thing:) Hope you can have a bliss date more often.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Oh I am so jealous! This sounds like a wonderfully divine, blissfull day!

Maybe I can learn a thing or two from you :O)

8:28 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Sounds like a wonderful day.

9:05 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

a great day filled with bliss! (and tell us a little more about the white balance...)

9:27 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

It sounds like a fabulous day.

Is the photo a cotton plant?

I want to see "Walk the Line" but haven't managed it yet.

9:49 PM  
Blogger twistedsoda said...

Congrats on enjoying your bliss day, nothing like a sweet nap anytime!!! I'm still waiting for mine to come. Beautiful photo, very unique!

1:22 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i'm so happy for you
and a little envious that you got to see walk the line...i sooo want to see that!

sounds like a great day
and i'm glad you enjoyed it

3:25 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

That is an incredible photo. Sounds like a blissful day.

4:48 AM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

I wish you didn't live so far away... It would be fun to get together!


7:29 AM  
Anonymous yolie said...

How wonderful. And the photo is fantastic. It reminds me of the spit bugs we get on brances here in the spring. Is it cotton?

7:52 AM  
Blogger PJ said...

That is a beautiful 'flower'..natures wonders. Yes, I need to learn more about digital photography! Blissful times...that is what a lot of need a lot more of. I have hope that they are there just sometimes we don't slow down enough to LET ourselves enjoy it. Your blissful time sounded perfect.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Living Part Deux said...

Good for you!!!! Bliss heals the spirit. You are SUCH a good photographer. I wish I could take a course - and maybe learn about white balance. The photograph is extraordinary.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

What a GREAT day!

10:23 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

how are a very lucky girl. i can't wait to be able to nap over the holidays. right now i am frantically getting scarves crochet, stocking made, cookies prepared...blah, blah, blah

i am looking forward to seeing walk the line. i love johnny cash.
when i was little he scared me. i think his larger than life/dressed in black image was too much for this midwestern girl...hee

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anne said...

((((Michelle)))) - so glad you've had such a blissful day - you needed it after that weekend. I _love_ the pic - so pretty.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Beansprout said...

Absolutely stunning photograph...if you're the amateur I can hardly imagine what the "pro" shoots like! Glad you were able to enjoy a most blissful day. Wishing you many more.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Moon said...

Wonderful image! as usual, you really have a serious talent for photography...Im jealous! lol I have to rely on photoshop to help me out! ;0)
Speaking of Mr. Cash...when I was 3 my mother said that I would watch his show on tv(so very long ago...late 60's) with my cowboy boots on and say that I was going to marry him when I grew up.
Well, I didnt marry him.
But I still love him anyway.

11:52 AM  
Blogger erilyn said...

i really like that photo - glad you had a good day.

12:10 PM  
Blogger SueeeuS said...

The photo is beautiful. I'm so glad you had such a blissful day after all that's recently taken place. I hope little B's feeling better. And my thoughts of peace and comfort are with you and your family and grandparents.

12:17 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

i'm grateful that you shared this bliss day with us... you have a good influence on me... i need to give myself "permission" to do a bliss day. i plow through life with my head down and shoulder to the wheel most of the time and sort of "punishing" others who don't share my dilligence or focus on practicallity. i need to make more room for joy. especially when it comes to my son. thanks for the gentle reminder.

12:23 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

ps. absolutely stunning photo... i love it!!!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Michelle Fry said...

Bliss indeed. Love the photo and am glad you had a nice day for a change.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Glamorous Jo said...

Walk the Line was awesome.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Abby Marie said...

What a great thing you did for yourself. Sometimes the sprit does need a bit of refreshing and from your recent posts, you definitely needed it. Your family is in my thoughts.

The picture gorgeous of course! It took me a bit to figure out it was cotton (is that right?) we don't have anything like that in the desert!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous lela said...

pure bliss!
the nap alone would have been bliss for me :0)

the photo is WOW! i love the detail.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Swirly said...

Your blissful energy is contagious! Just reading your post makes me feel all glow-full inside.

9:48 PM  

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