I've been immersing myself in a whole new world over the past couple of weeks - a blogging community that I knew nothing about. Sort of like having heard that a country exists, but not really thinking about it, and certainly not knowing anything about it. Then one day you watch the Discovery Channel and all of a sudden, they do a show about...let's say, Luxembourg, and you think, "yah, I knew it was there and that it was neutral, but that's about it". Then, once you know about it you wonder where the hell you've been and how you could be so completely clueless. So, that's how it is for me. Now that I've been finding and reading so many amazing blogs I just wonder how many countless other great things I'm missing. And I'm sure I've just barely scratched the blogging surface. I have to say that I'm so inspired and comforted by this new community. It's hard to put it into words, but I'll try. I have many wonderful friends and family members, but aside from my mom, none of them have the same decorating style or appreciation for antiques. At least I have my mom, which is I'm sure why I have the decorating style that I do. Reading the blogs that I have recently found is so exciting, and like a big, huge comforting hug that brightens your day. I have a wonderful home life, an amazing husband who just gets me no matter how quirky, nostalgic, or nerdy I get. And of course there's the my beautiful daughter Evy, and my caring, artistic stepson Alex. So it's all good, but I have this very stressful job that just completely exhausts me, and frankly, leaves me wanting so much more out of my career. But when I read the blogs that I have listed to the left, I feel better, significantly better. Other people sharing their lives, pictures of their welcoming homes, and finding that I have things in common with people all over the world. It fills a spot in my soul...it really does. So thank you, thank you so much. I should really thank "Romantic Homes" magazine because that's where it started. I read the February issue and discovered Alicia Paulson, one of many artists describing in their own words what made a romantic home to them. Like I said, she was one of many, but her words just spoke to me, and left me weepy, and wanting more. So I looked her up two weeks ago, and oh my, I wasn't dissapointed. And then from there, all of these other blogging doors opened and I felt a miriad of emotions. Like I said like a hundred words ago, it's hard to put it into words - the way you feel when you connect with people, and something that was missing is suddenly found. So a week ago I created my own blog because I just wanted to be part of it. I wanted to talk to other people, share words of encouragement, share pictures, and laughs...and what I really hope...to make some friends. Thank you (sniff).