The richness of a “boring” life

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I try to share a photo or two from my life each day on instagram, as an extension of Southern Plate. This is a post about a recent string of thoughts I had on that. sm chcikens and tomatoes

 “My life probably looks boring on Instagram” I think, as I happily snap a picture of yet another box of tomatoes someone gifted me from their garden before heading into the kitchen to prepare them for canning. I briefly consider the photos of folks in exotic locales or dressed to the nines for evenings out as I slip on my flip flops, completing my outfit of comfy shorts and a fresh from the dryer t-shirt with a granny apron so that I can go take my chickens a treat I had sat on the edge of the counter the night before to remind me not to forget :).

I step out onto my back porch and into the warmth where the smell of fresh rain still lingers in the air. My heart smiles as I point my phone up to take a picture of the sky before heading out to wish my chickens good morning. They cluck loudly in greeting as if they know my apron pockets hold something special for them.

 We chat a bit while I freshen up their water, me telling them what good hens they are and them clucking enthusiastically back what a good chicken lady I am.

Picking a few of their favorite weeds, I add that to their meal before turning to see a gathering of chipmunks scurry away to a covering of bushes. They likely thought my dog would be with me as she usually is, but alas the great chipmunk hunter is asleep in a chair where I left her, one paw drooping lazily over the side.

I recall that tomatoes don’t can themselves and as I turn back to the house, feeling a growing satisfaction at how rapidly my canning cabinet has been filled with garden wonders we will enjoy later on in the apex of winter.

On the way back in I decide that what we need most most right now is a good solid appreciation of the richness that can only be found in the kind of life the world might see as boring.
Flip flops, tomatoes, blue skies, and home.

My cup overflows!


  1. I look forward to that “boring” life someday too. Those exotic locales may be nice to look at once in a while, but they sure don’t mirror MY life in any way. I’d much rather see photos like yours. I’m sure there are folks that enjoy the “mental getaway” those other kinds of photos provide, but I enjoy seeing the day-to-day stuff. It’s like a little peek into how others live – and there are a lot more of “us” than of “them”.

  2. I love reading about your”boring” life and I can see the smile on your face as you wrote this blog and the memories came flooding back. I love that about you!

  3. Thank you, Christy 🙂
    I felt myself sharing your delight while I read. So I’ll share with you my delight, instead of feeding chickens, I’m feeding my 11 week old darling baby, Josephine.
    Best wishes.

  4. Hi Christy,

    I think that it all sounds really special and reflects who you are.

    PS We share the same anniversary

    Thank-you for sharing these special moments with us .

  5. I love your post today. I find it touching. I would call what you have the “simple” life and that’s the life I try to achieve for myself. Being grateful to our Creator for the many blessings He bestows in our lives. Both large and small blessings. Sharing time with your family. I’m reminded of my beloved grandparents whom I spent so much time with as a child. It was the time spent on their place, in their home, cooking and sharing our meals around the dinner table. Walking to their pond and my grandfather letting us go fishing in the evening after supper. Playing cards, laughing, sharing and loving one another. Taking walks through their fruit tree orchard in the spring when they were in bloom, their sweet perfume filling the air, and feeling like Heaven couldn’t be more beautiful . I don’t have a family of my own, I have a beautiful little dog named Sophie. I am grateful for the simple things in life and am perfectly content with my “boring” life too.

    I didn’t have the home life with my parents that you have with your family. I came from a broken home and my grandparents were my saving grace. I read your blog and I see all the love you share with your family and I think that’s the way it should be. You have such a beautiful family, what more could a person want?

    1. What a wonderful time with your grandparents!! It is hard to beat those lifetime memories, other than making new ones. Jayson, I just want to say, you have family in Sophie. I can guarantee you are loved beyond measure by that precious baby!!

  6. Am I the only man interested in living the good life like the ladies that are chatting ? I enjoy canning the harvest and cooking. So glad to be able to enjoy your infortmation .

  7. Hi Christy,
    Happy canning, I dried some Peaches this morning, just 1 Peach, needless to say, I ate will try again,later…After Church yesterday, I visited my Daughter,for lunch..and then made Snickerdoodles, with my 2 Great Grandsons, Abe 5 and Lane 3…. We had cinnamon and sugar everywhere,but we sure had a good time…Abe had the ciamon ad sugar..pretty much all over him, his hair,face, hands.shirt…it came a rain shower, so he decided he needed to to wash it off,so off he went to take a shower in the rain…but we really had a wonderful time, making Memories with Nana..hope you have a great week..will check your web site to see what is happening with you

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