This post is for Heidi Muller, who yesterday wrote in her blog Mish Mash Make:
My Google Reader and Facebook feed run long with “love, love, love it” blogs about beautiful people living lovely lives in tenderly restored vintage homes. There are perfectly symmetrical (and dust free) mantels decorated for Christmas with just so eco-friendly handmade snowmen. There are the cutest candids of model-gorgeous women in short skirts and great boots who look over their shoulders through gauzy filtered light as they bake vegan pies from scratch, while surrounded by beautiful children in clean, matching Hanna Andersson jammies.
Yep, I can relate. I also get discouraged by catalogs like “Title Nine” with the perfectly matched outdoorsy gals and their impressive resumes, such as the one for “Lentine:”
Does: Adventure trip planner
Is: Classically trained pastry chef
Won: Vineman Ironman, yep, 140 miles
Usually, it’s a combination of motherhood, athleticism, and good works. Sometimes I make fake ones up for myself, such as “Quits races when they start to hurt” or “Sometimes really doesn’t care to be around small children,” or “Has worked at lots of unimpressive jobs to pay the bills.”
(Though I do still buy their clothes.)
Well, here’s an alternate view to the “lovely” lifestyle to make you feel better, Heidi. First, the only great boots I am interested in at -30:
No dust free or symmetrical surfaces in THIS kitchen. Would you guess by the fine woodwork in my house that that the person I live with makes the most beautiful cabinets for a living? It’s true! Oh, and the oven hasn’t worked right in six months, so the vegan pies are out.
And out on the front porch, we have this stunning arrangement of a single glove, two dog booties found out on the trails, and the front leg of a moose. (What? YOU don’t have a leg?)
There are many photo worthy aspects of the life of the unplumbed, but here’s a nice view of the ever present water jugs. We choose not to consider whether or not gas cans are BPA-free. . . .
You know what, though? These are the choices that let me put time and resources into making art. Because I DON’T have a finished house, I DO have a gorgeous studio, and 80 acres of beautiful, paid off, and largely untouched property. Because I DON’T have nice furniture, I DO have five dogs. Because I DON’T have indoor plumbing, I DO get to travel. One of the nice things about living here is that we really don’t have to try to “keep up.” Have no fear. There are plenty of grubbers out there.