Tarryall Reservoir, its waterfall and creek are magnets for us when we are in Colorado at Little House in the Rockies, in every season. On this trip, we saw a proud old Ford truck parked near the waterfall, which inspired a haiku.
Solid old Ford says “Sure, I’m a little retro, but I’m still ready!”
Sometimes I feel that way myself: a little retro, perhaps, but still ready. Bring it on, world!
Did you ever start out to do a thing, and then it evolved into a different thing? A second thing that resembled, honored and took strength and identify from the first thing, but in the end, became its own new thing?
That’s what has happened to the Glover Gardens Cookbook. I set out to capture recipes for my family (see About, if you’re really interested). But then, I realized that the stories around the recipes were equally important and should be shared, too, as in Sweet Potato Biscuits: Family History, Love on a Plate. And since I have this platform, why not share my amateur poetry and the almost daily haiku that pops into my head like random mice in a field? And travel stories, and the seemingly almost daily musical compositions that pop into my son’s head like lilies in a field? And speaking of lilies, how could I not share the amazingness of nature and the world that surrounds me, here at Glover Gardens, northwest at Little House in the Rockies, and everywhere I travel?
I talked about some of this in my blog’s second anniversary post earlier this month, with the wonderful quote from Emile Zola: “I am here to live out loud!” And now, it’s time to take action. I think. Maybe. Because I’m not sure that the content of the Glover Gardens Cookbook matches its name, although I remain very committed to capturing and sharing recipes, and still plan to publish that cookbook one day. But the blog is now more like a collection of stuff you’d find in the Life section of a publication than a cookbook.
So I’m curious to know what you think: Does the Glover Gardens Cookbook need a new name?
All ye who have encouraged me, the post-likers and blog followers and casual lurkers and friends, I’d love to hear from you in the poll below, in which I’ve collected a few possible new names. I’m hoping to get some new ideas from you, as well, either in the post comments or the Other choice in the poll.
Copyright 2017, Glover Gardens Cookbook. Featured image photo credits to stephrobbins.com.
If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, I will answer you: I am here to live out loud!
Social media and technology have made it easier to “live out loud” than in Zola’s day, and perhaps not all of us are artists, but there’s something to the idea of being driven to share your creativity, to publish the “art” perceived from your own unique perspective.
My blog is now a toddler – the Glover Gardens Cookbook had its second anniversary on March 1 – and I’ve realized that having a forum for “living out loud” empowers and enables creativity in ways I never expected when I set out to capture my family’s treasured recipes and share new ones as they emerged (see About).
I have more than recipes to share, and my sense of the world and my surroundings has been heightened as I travel through it knowing I can share it with others in an boundaryless way.
I tackled some of this on the blog’s first anniversary in What I’ve Learned, and everything I said last year is more true now. I think in haiku and rhyme and prose, listen more carefully, hear others’ stories about life and know – in a bedrock way – that they should be captured, see and want to share things of interest on all sorts of topics, take better photos, and most importantly, have a stronger sense of simple pleasures and mindfulness.
Being in the moment is an incredible gift. The featured image above for this post with the near-frozen creek and the quote from Emile Zola is a great example: in central Colorado, in 12° weather, the wind was blowing up a chill factor of -5°, and when I saw the native grasses growing in the crook of Tarryall Creek growing strong but blowing sideways, I knew they would have to be shared with you. It was an immediate, indelible imprint of strength and vulnerability and the sheer awesomeness of nature. (Read more about that Colorado trip here.) Another photo from that trip is below.
My looking-at-the-world lens is sharper and more defined now that I’m experiencing it as an “artist” and have you to share it with – you inspire me. Thank you for following and supporting my blog and experiencing my world with me.