Monday, August 6, 2012

My Living Room, by Permanent Magenta

The blog is like a Tamagotchi pet: it needs to have its hair brushed and its water changed or fails to thrive.

I realise it's been a while now since I posted a picture of my lunch, or some fine thoughts I've been thinking, but the best before date on the milk carton is a harbinger of the final weeks of the summer holidays, and childhood years fly past marked by steadily increasing shoe sizes for the return to school of patent feet.

How can I just stop and type with all those days falling behind me?

by permanent magenta

Margaret saw my living room a few posts ago, and painted it.

Just when you're thinking, "ah, I won't bother blogging for a few months," someone paints your living room and sends it to you and you exclaim to yourself that you can never stop posting, never, not while there are still kind people and polka dots out there, and blogging will be all the social interaction left once your dwindling stockpile of Benefit lipstick finally runs out and you become a recluse. Only two lipsticks to go: perhaps four months' supply AT MOST.



And so I bake some tasty apple bread, add a few flowers to quell my sense of alarm, and the Tamagotchi blog and I are back on boogie street.

43 comments:

  1. Oh good, you are back! I've gone through this myself, thinking I'll take a long break or maybe quite altogether and just blog once a month on my "official writer's website" but then something happens to make me realize I NEED my blog. I need the interaction and so I keep on. And a break never hurts anything. We come back and things go back to how they were.

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    1. Very true, very sensible. That 'message to the planet' urge tends to rebound out of the blue.

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  2. I like your fine thoughts Mise.

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  3. Oh dear Mise ..... I've have never painted any of the rooms in your house and sent it to you ..... does that make me an unkind person ? I shall have to get my Winsor and Newton paintbox out. XXXX

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    1. A framed 36 by 24 inch painting of my utility room in the style of Vermeer by next Thursday, please, Jacqueline, or you're off my Christmas card list this year.

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    2. I got a Christmas card from Mise last year, and I never painted her gaff. Make of that what you will...

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  4. Hello Mise:
    But what IS the sell by date on the milk? This totally fascinating subject continues to captivate us, and hold our interest, since, of course, the advent [oh happy day!] of 'best before' which, as you will naturally understand as a woman of profound thoughts, has revolutionised life since its introduction in the mid to late twentieth century. Indeed, we have considered starting a new blog devoted to this absorbing subject.

    However, we digress for this comment is meant to express our absolute admiration that the Mise house is not only the subject of International periodicals but also has been captured on canvas for posterity. And the result is totally charming and we love it.

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    1. Thousands of people, myself among them, are feverishly typing "Jane and Lance Hattatt + sell by date + milk + follow now now now" into Google, in fear of missing out. When may we hope for the important new blog?

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  5. Hello Mise

    The painting is so alive and energetic. I love the colours and she has captured the feel of your living room. The apple cake has me drooling over the key board.That has got to be my all time favourite cake. My mother used bake them.
    Please tell us you promise to blog for the rest of your life.

    Helen xx

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    1. You bring a fine Irish turn of phrase to the comments, Helen; thank you.

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  6. I like that painting. You should have a 'feed' button we can all click, just to make sure your blog doesn't starve - like those fish that swim around and when you click, you drop maggots? (I wasn't changing the subject). I am not very popular right now, so I think my virtual pet would wither away without you.

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    1. I must rush over and leave a comment at your place, Tom, after scrutinising this one of yours more closely for veiled insults.

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  7. You can't stop blogging. Now that the BBC has gone all Sesame Street where else could we turn for someone who can philosophise and bake and spell Tamagotchi in a few short paragraphs? Please immediately action Tom's suggestion re the like function. Now that the BBC has gone all Sesame Street we can no longer communicate except in facebais. Yourself apart, of course. It's you and Cold Comfort against my tide!

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  8. Glad you are fed and watered and back to blogging Mise.....don;t stop again please....

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  9. I notice too that some peeps are stopping blogging...it’s getting in the way of real life I guess.
    I am going the less is more approach rather than less is less...I feel it’s better than the not at all.
    But you? You cannot stop...Who else thinks that Mise cannot stop?

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    1. Undoubtedly true, Cynthia, less is more and brief is even more than that. I shall follow your good example.

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  10. Please don't stop, but breaks for summer days with your girls are permitted and understood. The painting of your living room is charming, and the bread looks delicious!

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  11. I've become so used to blogging. It's strange that just a few years ago none of us were here in this space. You have me wondering what it would be like if I decided to cease blogging for a few months. Hmmm.

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  12. Please don't stop altogether, but life is short and childhood is even shorter; you go play with your girls as often as you can and the rest of us can blog about our lunches. We will be patient and wait for you whenever you have the time to chat because you are worth it.

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  13. Thank goodness for Margaret, then. Just quietly, I think it's a Blogtopian conspiracy to try to get you to blog more often. We receive emails daily asking us to perform random acts of kindness, just for you Mise. So, Jason is on his way to repaint your cheery yellow door...

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  14. Lovely painting Mise....as you know I am not exactly a prolific blogger and even I need a break sometimes...to rest,rejuvenate, and after these 3 major surgeries in 9 months still to heal and get strong!

    Thank God though for the encouragement of my blog friends!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    2012 Artist Series

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  15. your tamagotchi looks great darl, very perky. i wish someone would paint my stinking house for me!!

    looking forward to the post when Jason does the Emerald Ilse

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  16. Mise...it's absolutely amazing how when you are one hundred percent sure that think that the blogging bug has gojne to bed for a while, that something completely wakes it up and your once again back on the blog wagon so to speak! I myself just went through the same experience though my 'wakening up' wasn't nearly as special as your beautiful painting (though it *does* have an Irish edge BTW!)...that's what blogging's all about, and sometimes, the busy stuff lulls our little blogging bug to sleep until someone such as the extremely talented and thoughful Margaret comes along and shakes it's groggy shoulders awake! In my case...it was Moss.
    The flower and cake were the perfect accompanyment to assist in the 'boogy-ing' as well...welcome back!
    xo J~

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  17. Did you like my new fabulous word 'gojne'? Does this count as a 'blogging question'? Hopefully not!
    xo J~

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  18. I might not notice if some, myself included. disappeared from blogland for a while.

    But you and Denise? No a 1000 times no!

    May I have some cake now please?

    xo jane

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  19. A hundred times I've thought of leaving blogland...but I keep coming back. And no one ever painted me a picture.

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  20. Beautiful picture. And what would we do without the blog to spill out into?

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  21. The blog / tamagotchi analogy is perfect - much along the lines of your artfully arranged apple bread and flowers. However my dear, I do note you have neglected to end this post with a question. Shall I take this as a sign that it is no longer la mode of posting?

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  22. It's an inspiring illustration ~ it would take a steely resolve to not blog in response to receiving something as beautiful as this.

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  23. It's ok to take the summer off. Just not the WHOLE summer. Or I'll send you a picture. And it won't be pretty like that one.

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  24. Mise

    You do so eloquently articulate the 'I can't be bothered to blog' feeling and you make it seem pure and okay. Lovely painting. I have my own PM painting of course, thanks to you, it lives at the beach and is very happy there.

    But more importantly I would like your apple bread recipe. I often cook banana bread on the weekend, it is very useful for lunchboxes because it stays freshish all week, unlike annoying muffins. Apple bread would be a lovely deviation.

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  25. Summer is being reeled in much too quickly. How can it be time for the back to school displays in Sainsbury's? I have no one going back to school anymore (it stops so abruptly) but I do have blogs to read and Lord knows how I'd have had time for that in the olden days.

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  26. Back to school is now a memory here, ditto back to university since The Farmer Boy dropped out. Our year is measured instead by the changing seasons and the ebb and flow of Pretty Far West posts. So we have followed your lead and are enjoying a lazy summer ;D

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  27. Stop? For ever?

    I'll be round soon with the 'oh no you can't' petition, drawings by small girls and some cake from ScarlettRuby.

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  28. I feel tuhé "blues" Mise as my son is turning 3 soon and every one is asking is he entering pre-school ??? Ha? I am thinking he was just born! We bought new shoes too. I have taken a time off to enjoy his spirits during the warm summer days and haven't blogged since Stampede. Glad to hear your summer is great and your witty sentiments are back! Hugs Z

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  29. At first I thought it was a Shell Sherree. My poor tamagotchie blog definitely needs feeding - I've just been so damn lazy. ;)

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  30. Don't be alarmed . There is life after lipstick ....
    One Who Knows

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  31. Mise, your posts make me very happy. I guess the painting makes that somewhat clear. But your lovely words also! Your good humor and poetry --"all those days falling behind me", ahhh. I hope these days are lovely.

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  32. Dear Mise - you never fail to make me smile with your wonderful writing and turn of phrase... 'The blog is like a Tamagotchi pet '- hilarious - and oh my goodness I remember how many of those darling daughter neglected when she was younger - many tears before bed time. What a gorgeous painting - just beautiful - aren't people lovely? And that includes you - thank you so very much for the instructions on how to put on the "reply" button on my blog - am very grateful. Have a good week. Sarah x

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  33. Definitely back on boogie street! Love Permanent Magenta's painting. And yes, how can anyone pause blogging when such lovely things happen in Blog World? Besides, people need pictures of your apple bread. Something was completely missing in my life until I saw this post. Now I feel all zen. And hungry.

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You're looking particularly well.

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