the viceroy - santa monica california - kelly wearstler














This past weekend we found ourselves in Santa Monica at the beautiful Viceroy Hotel.  We are big fans of the Viceroy Hotel chain.  We've stayed at the Palm Springs location a few times and we've always been impressed with the accommodations, decor, food and value.  Kelly Wearstler is the decorator and just take a look at the stunning lobby restroom.

Here I am again matching the decor. Remember my first trip to the Palm Springs location?  I matched that one too.








I apologize for the lousy pics.  If you enlarge the above one you'll see the gorgeous trellis wallpaper.
The carpet is white, black and green stripes and the chairs are kelly green.  I forgot to take a picture of the bathroom but the entire thing is done in white and gray carrera marble. pretty classy.









The pool area is small but beautiful.  I love the graphite walls and plate hangings.  The furniture is traditional but upholstered in white leatherette which looks so pretty in an outdoor setting.





Here is a roasted carrot salad that was quite tasty.  I'll try to recreate it at home when I can turn my oven on again.


I have missed you guys and I appreciate every comment and email you've sent.  You really are the sweetest people in the world and I consider myself so incredibly lucky to have you in my life.  In regards to my absence, contrary to the pretty pictures I post here, my life is not perfect.  My life has ups and downs just like yours and sometimes I really don't feel like pretending everything is perfect.  In fact, I find that exhausting.  I created this blog as a place for me to document the good in my life.  I was going through a difficult time and needed to focus on positive things and this was a great outlet. I never wanted to air my problems here and yet I find myself increasingly annoyed at blogs that are all too perfect and I realize that I'm doing the same thing.  My blog is over 5 years old now and I've shown every square inch of my house, garden and closet.  I've been on a no shopping spree so I don't have exciting new fall purchases to talk about and I pretty much eat the same things over and over.  I believe I've crossed the line from mediocre into obsolete and I guess that may be the dilemma I'm struggling with.  So wish me luck in sorting this whole thing out.   I really do hope to get my mojo back soon, and again, thank you for caring.  xo

 

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  1. Dear Janet
    Have really missed you! So sorry to hear you've been going through a difficult time. Never think you're either mediocre or obsolete. It's just not true and is a mark of the bad time you're going through that you can think this even for a moment. Your posts are always a delight. Nothing is ever perfect always for anyone and it can be helpful for others as well as yourself to drop the veil a little at times and share some of your concerns. But at the same time keep trying to focus on the positives in your life. Once when I was feeling rather low our son told me to sit down and write a list everyday of five good things to appreciate. Even if it's only the weather or a lovely flower or an interesting article in a magazine. It really can help.
    Warmest wishes, Pamela xxx

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  2. Hope you get that mojo back!
    I have wondered where you were but figured that you'd let us know when you were ready. Sorry to hear that you are going through a rough patch....
    I like how you have co-ordinated the green on the bag with the decor!
    The hotel and salad look very inviting.
    Take care Janet,
    Leslie
    XO

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  3. Do you have, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady? Replica of a century+ old journal. It was the 'style' back in the day.

    ALL POSITIVE. I chose it as part of my trinity for blogging. Part. I do include some reality.

    Have just spent a week caretaking my mom out-of-state, she almost died. My sister's behavior was the greatest stress . Of course there other topics of reality !!!!!

    Thank you for your postings. Pretty pics & thoughts are a great hit of oxytocin. Much needed in any 'real' life.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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    1. i do not have that book but i'll see if my library does. sorry to hear about your mom. that's one of the issues we are dealing with, ageing parents and long distances.

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    2. Janet- so many of us are dealing with similar issues in our lives, aging parents, difficult family members. Your fans aren't looking for perfection, just connection with someone who does so much, so very well. I hope you keep blogging, even if the posts are more infrequent. Perhaps, when a situation or trip tickles your fancy, you can share a little with us. Never let the blog become a source of stress. Good luck and God bless.

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    3. I have just been thru the aging parents thing from 2007 to 2013; I'm an only child and it's been hell. Trying so hard to do the right things for them; having to take over their lives and then having nothing of my own, because it is impossible to live two lives. The stress got to me. None of my friends understood because their parents either were cared for by other siblings, or died young, etc. I didn't take care of myself; I let myself be dominated over caregiving. What's a daughter to do? We want to honor our parents. Right now, we're in the middle of moving, emptying out mom's house and then ours, so we can move into hers; my husband is working three jobs and I'm recovering from surgery still...and we learn his brother is in ICU across several states and in really bad shape from a perforated colon which happened during colonoscopy (very rare; don't let that put off anybody from getting a colonoscopy; I just had one and we sailed thru it with no probs) and he's fighting a big infection. My husband may have to drop everything and fly back there...and time (and money) is something we just don't have right now. But life is messy. Just darn messy. I send you a hug over cyberspace, Janet. I think you need a big bear hug. What I learned is that, as humans, we are strong; as WOMEN, we are stronger than we think. You can get through this hard time. I'm telling you, you CAN and you WILL.

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  4. Dear Janet, I'm sorry to hear that things have been difficult. At this stage, 5 years of blogging and with so many friends who have been reading you for a long time, I think most people would be happy if you blogged about your big toe - we know you'd do it with style! You have a real gift, so this blog is definitely not obsolete. Just please don't stress about it - write when you feel like it.



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  5. Great post, Janet. I have missed the beautiful Gardener's Cottage but as a fellow blogger I understand the feelings you must have some days. Your blog is one of the best so never say mediocre or obsolete! Thanks for sharing the beauty in your world. :)

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  6. We appreciate you giving us your time. Never mediocre. Thank you Janet !

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  7. I have had to stop reading most blogs because of the perfect life thing. You do seem to have a pretty great life-jetting off to England, gorgeous, perfectly decorated house, slim beautiful body etc. Is it sad that I feel better knowing that even you have rough times?

    Take care and I hope things get better-I am sure they will!

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    1. i don't think it is sad at all. i know exactly how you feel!

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  8. I love your blog! I think "perfection" eliminates the excitement of growth and change. Besides, perfection really is unachievable....and rather boring!

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  9. You are *not* obsolete!!! I love your blog.

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  10. I understand what you are saying and life does have its challenges. There is NOTHING mediocre about your blog AT ALL! Your blog is very inspiring to live within means and indulge in simplistic beauty. I love that you are vegan (I am working on it) and seeing your great meal ideas gives me ideas that I would have not thought about. I have tried some of yours and girl they are simple to create and DELICIOUS! Even the outfits you put together are inspiring. I recently turned 53 and sometimes get in a funk because of thinking that with aging comes boredom relating to appearance and reading your blog proves me wrong! Keep doing YOU and women will keep being inspired and reading, and when life throws you challenges... we know that you are the real deal on inspiration to take a break to take care of you!

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  11. Perfection is boring and no one is perfect. You are a breath of fresh air every time I read your posts so please don't feel you are mediocre or obsolete, you are the polar opposite! In my opinion, sharing the ups and downs of life would only make your blog even more inspiring. I enjoy reading lifestyle blogs but, like you, am weary of the "we only drink champagne here" posts. We all know there is so much more behind the facades and usually it is much more interesting and relatable - we're human! Do what feels comfortable to you and don't worry about us, we'll be here for you! Take care : )

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  12. Dear Janet,

    I was happy to see your new post. Your honesty is absolutely refreshing. There is nothing mediocre about your blog. It is your "voice" that I find most appealing anyway, not anything else. You have the most soulful, authentic blog I read and I read far too many!

    ~PeAcE~

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  13. Janet,
    I just finished creating and making one of your vegan salads which was nothing short of "absolute perfection" in my book. Nothing mediocre at all. I do understand the need to evaluate, reflect or step aside. Sometimes life feels like that conveyor belt and moving out of one's own way is often a good thing.
    That said, please hurry back and share more of you. You know, I think you are pretty classy.
    pve

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  14. I hope you are "in the groove" soon, so to speak. Five years is a long time to hang in there with a blog. Good for you, Janet! I love all that you have shared, even though I discovered you later on. (And enjoyed reading all the past posts) After three years, I recently closed down my blog. It just wasn't working in my life. I spent a lot of time on it always, but I just couldn't seem to hit my stride or gain a following. I thought I would have a niche with a small space (tiny townhouse) on an even smaller decorating/renovating budget, but it wasn't so. There was so much pressure to get things done so that I could write about it, and that put pressure on my husband indirectly too!

    That said, I felt I should be more involved with my real life and not just my virtual one. I too love to read blogs but the perfect thing can just be too much! And it is so often like high school (very competitive women!), and I tire of those that are continually trying to build their "brand" and make money. This week, I'm going to the library to get a stack of books and turn my computer off!

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  15. I have no idea why, but yours is the only blog on the entire internet that I've found where you could post on anything and I (and many others) would find it interesting. I get bored with most bloggers' lives, their poor writing, the product placement and ads, and the topics they drone on about endlessly.

    But your blog - even the most mundane aspects of your life - has never bored me and keeps me happily coming back for more. It might be your authenticity, sincerity and powerful yet simple thoughts on life, animals, fashion, etc.

    So, if you enjoy it, please keep sharing the same meals you eat every day and the same clothing you've been wearing forever, and your same thoughts on minimalism, animal rights, veganism, and all else. Especially when it comes to protecting the animals on our planet, we can never hear your message too many times - it takes a lot to change lifelong behaviors of your readers in this regard.

    Also, if you feel like sharing, I'm happy to hear about the not-so-great parts of life, too. Seeing real lives and having honest interactions with bloggers are so much more powerful than life-is-perfect-look-at-me-in-pretty-clothes blogs.

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    1. I have to say ditto to this comment and to A Well Styled Life's comment. In fact to everyone's, I can't add anything new or anything more poignant than what has been said.
      I enjoy your blog, it is honest, crisp, heartfelt. I am always happy to see a new post arrive and I make sure I am not distracted for the few minutes I need to pop into your life and savor the writing and photographs. It is never, ever mediocre.
      Rest well, know we are here when you need us and chin up :)
      Best, Kitty, USA

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    2. Yes, I aspire to be less materially-oriented. My husband has been talking to me about it for years...that I somehow became very materialistic. Maybe too many shelter magazines; I really got into home decor ad nauseum. And clothes; a ridiculous amount of clothes. As we are cleaning out two houses with moving, I can't believe how refreshing it is to have less stuff in the houses; it is so clean and peaceful; the eye doesn't have to be so distracted with so many "things." The good bones of the house have been revealed...just like what they say happens when you lose weight, how your face reveals bones again without all the pudge. (I guess this means my two houses lost weight! Yeah, a lot of weight. A lot of baggage!) I have loved that you, Janet, could show us how to pare down in so many areas of life. I feel less weighed down as I shed more stuff. I'm finding I can finally go into a store and admire something but set it back down; let somebody else buy it. I have more than enough stuff; I could still have a store; we have filled two PODS with stuff and I have to unpack all that; I'm dreading it. Only a third of it is coming into the house, I swear. We should never have moved it all but there wasn't enough time to sort it. I'm actually looking forward to the sorting although my hubby is not looking forward to multiple garage sales; the good thing, too, is that much will go to charitable causes, like Coats For Kids. We already had one garage sale...kind of gave everything away because we were just too exhausted from moving...and people seemed to be so happy to get some of Mom's and our things; it's nice to know it's all repurposed/recycled with those who need/want the stuff. Makes it seem less wasteful.

      Yeah, and the endlessly happy blogs of women who seem to have a lot of disposable money...good for them but, at some point, I realized that however beautiful their photos are and how perfect their homes and seemingly their lives are, it wasn't ME so I unsubscribed. That's the beauty of the blogworld; there are so many zillions of blogs, you can pick and choose. But for as long as you're up for it, Janet, I pick you!

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  16. I don't know what I ever intended my own blog to be...it's taken on a life of it's own.
    My life has been anything but a bowl of cherries for the past year and I hate to share negative crap, but sometimes, shit just happens! It IS exhausting to pretend otherwise.
    I actually had a someone complain that I was "spilling my guts all over the web". Charming.
    If people's lives were as perfect as their blog's say, I'd really feel like I got the short end of the stick. Your fabulous recipes and views on life, keep me coming back for more!
    Plus...I can feel your good heart, through your words, and I like nice people. You're not obsolete, just honest.

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  17. I've really missed you and was tempted to email you a couple of times but thought better of it, sometimes we all need a break.
    I'm sorry things are tough at the moment, I don't think there's anything wrong with focussing on nice things rather than dwelling on the crap life chucks at us. My blog has kept me sane over the last three years. I can look at your beautiful house every time you show it to us, I'll never get bored with outfit shots even if it's the same clothes or delicious food posts.
    Love your Palm Springs hotel, the bathroom is exquisite and that carrot salad looks divine. xxxxxxxx

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  18. Hi Janet,

    What a beautiful hotel...don't you just love Kelly Wearstler?

    I'm so sorry that you have been going through a difficult time...I too recently lost my "mojo" as my husband and I continue to deal with the "aging parent" issues. So many things got neglected around our house after my MIL broke her hip in June. Now that things have settled down some I'm trying to get back into a routine but am finding it difficult.

    As far as your blog goes, yours is one that I always have stuck with. I've been a reader for 3 years or so and I think the reason so many people love your blog is because you are so down to earth and your readers can relate to that. I have never thought for one minute that you are like some of the other bloggers that pretend your life is perfect. Yours is unique (and never boring or monotonous) and you seem to have established a real connection with your readers which is why you are missed so much!

    I know you do struggle with this occasionally but hopefully you will come back to blogging eventually...thanks for checking in with us.

    Linda
    xo


    P.S. Your chocolate cake was a big hit!

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  19. I've found my blog a good way to focus on the good stuff rather than being ground down by the everyday crap (and believe me I've had to deal with quite a lot of that recently). And so I hope you can work through things too. The Santa Monica hotel looks fab - the green/monochrome tiles are stunning. You have wonderful taste and are such a lovely person, it was such a pleasure to meet you in London earlier this year - I do hope our paths cross again soon.

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  20. All I can say is YAY! You're back! Hope you are feeling a bit lighter. When my husband died suddenly, I found that I had to write a post on my facebook everyday that started "3 Good Things About Today" and then I'd list them. It could be something as simple as I ate a KitKat or I'm wearing new socks. Somehow doing that helped me climb out of the funk I was in. I'm no PollyAnna - trust that - but sometimes you have to fake it until you make it! Or - just go ahead and punch something. That works to.

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  21. Never mediocre, and please, never, ever obsolete. You are authentic. I believe that is what draws me here. I am sorry to read that life has been quite challenging. Your honesty is refreshing. And as always, you handle it with grace and dignity. I wish you the best. Nearly every post, I walk away with a thought I cherish. This time it is pretending everything is perfect and how exhausting that is. Amen! So, I hope the tide turns for you as you sort this whole thing out. You are the best, my dear!

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  22. Oh Janet I'm so happy to see you! You can blog about the same things and we don't care, we're just happy to continue the friendship, to be in this beautiful space you've created on the internet.
    I've been having a crap summer too, my daughter has not been well and my dear Nana died, I've been worried and drained. I thought about binning my own blog but it does provide some light and energy... I'd miss my mates. My best to you, I've been thinking of you. xox

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  23. I hope you get your mojo back soon. I too blog through a rose tinned window - and very rarely share what is really happening in our life. I've found blogging excellent THERAPY - it has made me find something every single day to be thankful for.
    Looks like you had a good time away I'm not going to go into a fancy bathroom again without thinking of you and wondering if my outfit matches the decor. LOL
    Love Leanne NZ

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  24. Keeping it real is so refreshing Janet. Sending kind thoughts your way. Rosanne

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  25. I do hope you don't stop posting completely. I love your blog so much, simply because it is so much like I would like to be.....honest, simple (by that I mean not complicated or showy - I mean this in a good way), and so interesting - I love your vegan recipes and photos of your vegan lunches you post. I LOVE your home, and how you've decorated it - so classy, but again, not showy or trendy. I LOVE just hearing about your 'everyday' stuff, your garden, your great bargains you find of such (again) classy, timeless, non trendy clothing ! Some one above used the word , Authentic, and I feel that describes you perfectly ! Please don't stop !!

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  26. Anything you say, good, bad, sad, indifferent, we all listen and care, plus some of might be able to shed a light on some of the things you are going through. I do believe though, that it's always a good idea to step outside of ourselves and what we do normally to get a good view of what life is throwing at us. Hope you are finding your muse and look forward to hearing from you. Cheri (the one you e-mailed in Paris while you were trying to pack!!!!)

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  27. Janet, I can appreciate your desire to keep your blog positive, and private. NO one's life is perfect! We don't expect it of you. Just pop in now and then, and let us know that you're well. Please? :) Remember mundane can be a good thing. If life was constant crisis, negativity, and drama...well who wants that? What I'm drawn to in your blog is the freshness, and simplicity you do share. I find it both calming, and inspirational.

    Love that your handbag is the same color as the tile. Makes for a fun photo. :)
    I'm looking forward to your recreation of the roasted carrot salad.
    And finally, thank you sooo much for sharing the palm trees and ocean view! Aaahhhhh....
    xx

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  28. Janet,

    I forgot to mention that I have a very similar (vegan) salad recipe. Google ABC Kitchen's Carrot and Avocado Salad with Crunchy Seeds. A little involved but it is so good!!!

    Linda
    xo

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  29. I so enjoy reading your blog. It's the only blog I've gone back to read from the beginning and it was such a treat. I find the simplicity inspiring! Sending caring thoughts your way!

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  30. Hello dear Janet, I broke out into a smile when I saw that first photo, so nice to see your lovely self and matching the décor!
    Sorry to hear that life is throwing out challenges, but please don't think you are obsolete, let alone mediocre, we know otherwise.
    You have been in my thoughts because of the US Open and hooray Rafa won!
    Hope you rediscover your serenity very soon. Paula x

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  31. Janet - glad to see you online! I often think that I must have the most boring blog ever - I do not travel extensively, I cannot afford designer clothes, I sometimes feel quite insecure and it shows. You have such a lovely countenance and your not pretending to be doing or being anything other than your lovely self is inspiring to us all.

    Best of luck through this patch. I think blogs, like lives, take twists and turns and sometimes need to change into other things if we want them to. Only you know what is best, but just know we are all behind you 100%!

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  32. I'll add my voice to the chorus. Thanks for sharing the little snapshots of your life. I really am inspired by your beautiful, simple approach to the little things that mean so much.

    I hope that you can find strength and even joy in persevering through life's challenges...

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  33. Janet - LOVE your blog and have missed your posts. Saw this article on FB today and shared it on my FB page - thought you might like to read it too. Just another indication we all have issues and that no one's life is perfect. My FB page is under my name Mary Ray - Here is the post I shared:

    To really understand someone, we need to understand their "HARD."

    All of us have a hard time with something. We all have habits and vices we struggle to get a grip on.

    Maybe what we wrestle with controlling is our temper...our spending...our weight...our judgments...our tongue...our negative thoughts. For some the battle is out in the open, like an alcoholic who can't control his drink. For others the battle internal, like a deep-rooted grudge.

    Whatever the case, it's easy to judge someone else's weaknesses when their "hard" isn't difficult for us. We may not understand how much willpower it takes for them to control it even once. On the surface, their self-control seems like nothing, but if we knew the truth we'd see a cause to celebrate.

    What I'm trying to get better at is figuring out what's "hard" for people in my life, and comparing their hard to my hard. When I do this, I gain empathy for their struggle. I want to encourage rather than judge, because suddenly I can relate. We all have weak spots that get tested. We all fall short in our hard.

    It comforts me to know God understands every "hard" in our life. Even when the world doesn't notice a baby step of progress God does, and in His book it's a giant leap. God knows what forces we're up against. His compassion is great.

    Everyone is fighting a "hard" of some sort. And when we cross paths with someone wearing their "hard" on their sleeve, struggling in public, I think it's an opportunity to offer support. Because often what a person needs most is for one individual to think like God and rejoice over small acts of control. Positive reinforcement is powerful and a great motivation to help someone control their hard again.

    What looks like a baby step forward may actually be a leap. The better we know someone's "hard," the better we can discern this, and the better equipped we are to make a difference in their life.

    For more inspiration, join Kari Kampakis, Writer.

    Kari Kampakis is also on FB and you can follow her is you like her articles.

    Take care.

    Mary Ray
    Birmingham, AL

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  34. I understand completely. I've got a blog also, and I try to only write positive things in it. Sometimes it's hard and when things get too bad I can't write either.

    Lovely hotel. I love the plates on the wall.

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  35. It's not a job, blogging. If it isn't fulfilling you, take a break. You have an enormous crowd of people who love to come visit. I'm one of them. And when you're ready to write a post, we will all be here in a heartbeat. Remember my secret dream, the dark side blog? Mine would be smallbutbitchy, yours could be The Gardeners Shrew. It's where we let it all hang out, in my dreams.

    Until we have these set up, feel free to share your carefully worded life..I do, and it helps me immensely.

    Whatever works for you. Sending a huge hug your way.

    xo Jane

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    1. Would love to read smallbutbitchy and The Gardeners Shrew

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    2. I would be An Urban Curmudgeon.

      Do what makes you happy.

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    3. See, we all secretly want to go over to the dark side!

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    4. Oh you girls are too funny! I'm sitting here laughing my head off. I hope this puts a smile on your face, Janet. Scads and scads of comments here from so many readers; do you see that you are loved?

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  36. Darling Janet,

    Hope you get your mojo back.
    We all have our good moments and our not so good moments - like a garden really - sometimes in glorious bloom - sometimes dormant and rather sad looking.
    Take care ,
    Victoria x

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  37. JANNNEEETTTT!!! I luff the 1st photo of you with all the green it is divine. You look so pretty.

    I started my blog to focus on the good stuff too. I was actually pretty unhappy at the time.

    I only post cheerful stuff because I speak to my real life friends and family about all the horrible stuff (of which there is much) I deal with.

    Like you my blog is a place where I slap up some pretty pictures and enjoy the interaction of the people who comment. Sometimes the comments have kind of sustained me when things were particularly grim.

    No one's life is perfect and absolutely no one gets it all.

    I actually like looking at kind of "perfect" blogs- not because I think they some how have more than me, or less problems, but because life is hard and a few pretty pictures or images can just take your mind off the other nonsense for a while. But if it makes you feel less than, or annoyed I would just stop.

    Everyone faces challenges and I think it is perfectly ok not to mention these on your blog and focus on the good.

    I remember when facebook started people felt bad about themselves if they thought they weren't having as much "fun" as other people. I think blogs and maybe instagram could be the same.

    Anyway. I love the Viceroy and I luff you. Take care J xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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    1. that is why I read blogs.......exactly....a.distraction and enjoyment. I don't anticipate that a persons total life is like the blog.

      love ff and GC both

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    2. Yes, yes! Blogging for me during caregiving became a great release and relaxation for me; good medicine! Also, I agree with Faux about the Facebook thing; my husband has to be on it because of his students (he's a teacher; it's how the young ones communicate these days...Facebook, texting, ugh...) and his "audience" grew to where one night he seemed so glum and I said, "what's up?" He said, "there's a whole lot of people out there who are having a whole lot more fun than I." Obviously, some people post to impress. I've never, ever gotten that impression from your blog, which is why I return again and again. I hate fakery (is that a word?).

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  38. Janet,
    I just want you to know that your blog is my absolute favorite that I read. I never tire of reading it and appreciate your honesty. I also love seeing pictures of your home and meals that you prepare.

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  39. Wow - amazing hotel, and your photos are just fine! That carrot salad looks divine! I also tend to focus on what I think may be interesting to readers and avoid the negative stuff. Let me tell you, there has been lots to avoid in my life, but every now and then it's good to get honest. Just know that even though we don't air our dirty laundry, it is there, nonetheless. Also sometimes I also just "run out of things to say", on my blog, and will go for a spell without a post. But I always love reading anything you have to say, so don't worry about it, just post when you can, I will always be here to read it. Great idea about the "no buying bindge", I need to do that myself!

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  40. Wow - amazing hotel, and your photos are just fine! That carrot salad looks divine! I also tend to focus on what I think may be interesting to readers and avoid the negative stuff. Let me tell you, there has been lots to avoid in my life, but every now and then it's good to get honest. Just know that even though we don't air our dirty laundry, it is there, nonetheless. Also sometimes I also just "run out of things to say", on my blog, and will go for a spell without a post. But I always love reading anything you have to say, so don't worry about it, just post when you can, I will always be here to read it. Great idea about the "no buying bindge", I need to do that myself!

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  41. Be free, Janet, without guilt, you are evolving!

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  42. Dear Janet, every time I read your blog I come away with a feeling of calm.
    Yes, you are right, some blogs make me feel like my life is blah in comparison. And I know mine is a very mundane life. I did start reading blogs because of my love of all things French. I am a very visual person and I enjoyed looking at beautiful images, I then started reading other blogs and some days thought " how boring am I"?
    I like to learn, laugh and look at lovely images so now I have fine tuned my favourites and yours is one of them...your honesty and sincerity shine through.
    thank you.

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  43. I just want to give you a hug. Unless you're not a hugger, and you would think that is creepy. If you feel like writing a little bit, then write it. If not, don't. After all, don't let it be a chore. God knows there's enough of those. Like cleaning the bathroom. We'll be lurking around if you decide to drop a line or two.
    PS - There's a bazillion blogs out there blah blah blahing about the same things. But yours is sweet and cool. So just do you:)

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  44. Janet, I'm sorry to read that you're struggling. I'd like to join the others in saying that your blog is never mediocre and certainly not obsolete. Although most of us don't know you "in real life", after reading for a long time, it feels as if we do. Please don't ever feel pressure to come up with the perfect thing to write about. It can be interesting and inspiring to read a post about everyday life, written from the perspective of another. I hope you continue to write, even if it's only once in a while. I would miss your blog very much if you stopped.

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  45. I love, love, love you babe. just wanted to tell you. xoxo margot

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    1. Janet, I'll still check in to the blog. Wouldn't want to miss any future posts. Thank you for the vegan lemon cupcake recipe...all my friends and I love them. I've made them over and over. I so enjoy your....garden, ah the roses, and vintage clothes reports...oh,the whole beautiful blog. sally

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  46. I have never written a comment before, but I read often. Thank you for being "real". Its refreshing. Take care. Diane

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  47. Can I just ditto all the above?? I do love reading your posts. So sorry to hear of your struggles of late. Hope you can find some peace. We all need that.

    I hope you keep writing too. Your life may seem monotonous and dull to you, but it's always more fun to look into someone else's life than our own. We love coming into your life for a few minutes every now and then. Sending hugs your way.....

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  48. Oh, how I've missed your wonderful, stylish and authentic voice. The selfish part of me wants to say, no, no, keep blogging away, but the kinder and gentler me knows that you should take as long of a break as you need. But please know, you are so far from mediocre it would need a GPS to find you. I think one of the joys of your blog is that you can post about the simplest of things and it's wonderful. Your take on food, style, decor... life, is why we love it here.

    Wishing you all the best and sending all the positive vibes I can muster up!
    SE

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  49. Janet,
    I've been thinking about you and wondering how you're doing. I think it's clear from all the comments you are loved and appreciated. Hang in there and just try to get through the hard/ugly stuff. You are a such a beautiful genuine person--remember that!

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  50. Janet, you always keep it real.
    Sending you a big hug.

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  51. Janet I love your blog. Its ok to take a break. You are the classiest blogger out there. True authenticity is so rare. You are worth the wait. Hope everything works out. Best to you.

    Marianne

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  52. A slightly different take on this from my own perspective. I paint and have full time for about 20 years. I feel "done" with it right now, that's it's become a source of obligation and additional stress, rather than the creative outlet it once was - so I've decided to stop. Maybe indefinitely, maybe forever. I want to make room in my life for new things, and so although I don't know exactly what they are, without the space, they won't emerge.
    I'd miss your blog if you stop, but I'd rather you find something else more fulfilling if your blog feels like a burden.
    xo,
    Kathy

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    1. "I'd miss your blog if you stop, but I'd rather you find something else more fulfilling if your blog feels like a burden"

      I feel the same way, take all the time you need to sort out how you really feel and go with that. Give yourself the kindness of space and time.

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    2. That IS an interesting perspective. I know of someone who was a very reliable writer...a book a year...and she called it quits at about 20 books once she met her financial and personal goals...and now she's into music; writing music for schools. Amazing. "I want to make room in my life for new things, and so although I don't know exactly what they are, without the space, they won't emerge." How thought-provoking; it gives me pause.

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  53. Hi,

    I'm just a lurker, but wanted to say that I very much enjoy your blogging. I hadn't thought about it before, but you manage to blog succinctly about clothes, decorating, and food (and the ethics of all three), not falling into any particular niche. Your blog reflects an elegance that I can aspire to, on an income that's also within reach.

    However, if blogging isn't making you happy, of course you should take a break. You're in my newsreader, so it would only be a happy delight for me to see your posts whenever you wanted to come back.

    Best wishes.

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  54. Thanks for your authenticity. We all hit low uninspirational points in our lives and I'm so glad that you're keeping it real. Frankly, I'd even enjoy hearing about the mundane aspects of your life, just because so much of life is like that, and it makes me feel more normal. But, as Kathy above stated, I'd miss reading your blog, but if you need to let it go for awhile or for good, you must do what fits in with your life's purpose statement. And, for most of us, that purpose changes from time to time.

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  55. To me you are very refreshing and real. I look at design blogs for inspiration for my small house, but most of them don't have an awful lot to do with real life for me. And you have inspired me to move closer to being vegan. And I never get tired of looking at your kitchen and the rest of your cottage. Even if you're feeling mediocre at the moment (and I don't share that view at all), that's part of being real. We hope you will feel like blogging again but when you are ready. As you said, kindness never goes out of style -- and we need more of it.

    Jane

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  56. Even something random or what you would consider mundane is new for someone like me. We live in such different places, see so many different things, that even a reference to something as silly as traffic is something different for me to read. Remember there are many like me who are sitting at awful office jobs and you are a big giant bright spot in the day. Thank you for all you do.

    Lisa in Fort Worth

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  57. Dear Janet - I have never written a comment to oany other blog, but your posts have moved me to write times! I suffer with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and have been trying to purge the excesses from our house which we have lived in for over forty years. I am one of the "Martha Stewart" generation who thought that multiple sets of dishes and decorations for every occasion was the norm. I am paying for this now with very little storage space and far too much stuff!

    Then I found your Blog....
    Your serene and elegant style has changed my hopes for my life. I look forward to every word that you share, and hold you in such high regard as my most sincere and kind mentor. I do not know you personally, but I have been so fortunate to have a small window into your compassionate lifestyle filled with honesty and simplicity. I have found my situation to be depressing at times, questioning how life can get so out of control and difficult. At Christmastime...Your willingness to share your lack of joy and dislike of the imposed chaos of the Season, eased my feelings of "where has the true meaning of Christmas gone?" Your Blog, and your sincerity, have been a true and bright light for me, moving me forward to my goal of simplicity and harmony in my everyday life. I keep a picture of your beautiful kitchen in my mind as I part with excess cookbooks and collected "treasures"...I long for your lovely pantry so efficient and perfect in every way. Can I achieve such organization...I truly and sincerely hope so!

    I do not know what you are going through right now, and I don't want to seem selfish in urging you to continue to inspire all of your many, many fans. What I can do is say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, for your willingness to share yourself in such an honest and beautiful way. Thank you for the beautiful and inspiring photos, and thank you for sharing yourself in such an honest and authentic way. I hope that you will find your happiness in this Journey we call Life...it isn't easy to travel our personal road at times...but we all carry on as best we can. Thank you for being such an inspiration...and for all that you have shared. I am truly grateful.
    Jeanne

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  58. Dear Janet
    although I have been reading your blog for the last few months I have never commented.
    I discovered the various 'lifestyle" blogs a couple of years ago when I had some time after retiring. yours has become my favorite. I echo the last several posts in saying that I find your postings refreshing. you aspire to live a life that is graceful and even elegant but do it with compassion and simplicity. I hope that you will get through whatever is disturbing for you, and selfishly, continue to post and provide inspiration. after reading the last several replies I find they have said basically what i have been thinking more eloquently. so I will just say thank you so much.
    Darby

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  59. We would never want you to keep posting if it weren't fun for you...but I always love to get just that bit of beauty and kindness in my day when you do choose to share something! You have inspired me - I have been vegetarian for about the past year now and although I haven't fully made it to veganism I have decided recently to start phasing out the leather. These aren't the first pair of vegan shoes I've bought, but they are the first I've bought BECAUSE they weren't leather. https://www.ninewest.ca/product.asp?productid=12285&bID=463 I hope you're having a wonderful day!

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  60. And I would read your writings and look at your photos about almost anything.

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  61. A beautiful hotel and great outfit Janet!

    Madelief x

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  62. I find your blog very inspiring, your approach refreshing, and your thoughts and photos intriguing. I am a total fan. I hope you sort your personal things out, and I can't help saying, selfishly of course, that I hope you continue blogging.
    Colleen

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  63. Yours is the only "lifestyle" or sort-of-fashion blog that I have never gotten sick of reading. So many other bloggers are vapid, or have terrible style even though they blog about it, or are raging narcissists, or are bizarrely obsessed with "status" and "luxury" brands (like Hermes) to the point that I feel like I'm back in high school only now it's Hermes and Chanel instead of Esprit and Guess.

    Unlike the rest, you seem authentic, into style but not narcissistic, and you care about larger things that are actually important (like animals and not leaving too large a footprint on this world).

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  64. Dear Janet, I discovered your blog about 2 years ago. I had heard of blogs but hadnt stumbled upon any yet that interested me. I lived in Loma Linda for about 2 years as a newlywed almost 30 years ago. I think one of the first posts I read was about the AKSmiley library. I used to go there on my days off, and that post and others you have written about your neighborhood and the inland area have brought back such great memories, especially since I now live the often-gloomy Northwest! But its not just nostalgia that makes me love your blog. I so agree with the above commenter about the "Martha Stewart" generation. Like the best seller decluttering book title "Its all too much" says, many of us want to simplify our homes and lives for our sanity! And you help so much by sharing your joy in the little things, like small changes (sewing pillows for your couches, bringing in your cymbidium for the winter) and the satisfaction one should take in a job well done (recaulking your tub, organizing your closet with spraypainted shoeboxes). Your blog is an oasis in an often overwhelming (to me) culture! I would really miss you if you stopped, so selfishly I hope you will continue......I hooe that God blesses you for having a sharing heart and is with you during difficult times.

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  65. I never tire of seeing your house, garden, wardrobe and vegan meals. You are so inspiring!
    The Gardner's Cottage is my favorite blog.
    Betty

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  66. Juanita,

    I was so happy to see you posted yesterday and sorry to hear of your struggles. That kind of work is tough and it can lead to utter exhaustion but it still has to go on. I wish you all the love and courage and stamina it takes for you to go on. Much love.

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  67. I sure hope your mojo returns quickly. You have so much to offer, I always leave with a thoughtful spirit. Love this blog!!

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  68. Dear Janet, Your blog is always a gift when it shows upI never notice how long it's been. One of my favorite posts was the video of the beautiful older woman going about her simple day and doing her yoga. I hope you will be kind to yourself. It's what I think of when I think of you.

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  69. Oh, honey, MY GAWD, you are NOT obsolete; anything but! I've discarded many blogs and always look forward to yours; you are at the top of my list! You are not boring and you have plenty to contribute no matter if it is home decor, lifestyle, philosophy; you're a yogi, a mentor; seriously. I love the whole concept of getting clean with food, health, surroundings; I want to know all your secrets. Do like other blogs; repeat some past posts that I might have missed. It's a good reminder for us and maybe it'll help you have little breaks. It's all good. When I pulled up your post just now, I smiled because I thought, well, there's Janet, she's a cutie, look how slender she is; Vicki, even YOU could look like that although you're a little older than her!! I think you're a very inspiring person. And I think your photos are awesome; it's an art piece, really, with you matching the hotel; I love that kelly green and black on white. So classy, just like you. If you give up on this blog, I will be very deflated. You've got intelligence, soul and wit; lots to share; LOTS. I am eating better because of you. I went to a new salad/sandwich shop in my town today (I love to support the small business owner); she's struggling a little bit; so hard in the first year with a new business in a nowhere small town. Trying so hard to have sustainable packaging for take-out; using only organic/farm-fresh veggies/fruits from a nearby farmer; everything is delicious. I had a sprouts sandwich on a grainy bread and last week I had a huge salad, plus she does special yogurts low on fat and sugar. I watched kids...little ones...stop by after school and I thought, wow, if they're going to snack, it's so great that they're going for the fat-free yogurt rather than fries and a Coke at McD's. She's got tables and sofas; they do their homework there. A young couple was sitting on bar stools in the sun out front. An old man came in, joined them later with his dog to watch the world go by. It's slower than going to the drive-thru but I love the ambiance and feel better about myself that I'm trying to eat more mindfully, and why not; it just makes sense. There are a lot of blogs where women are trying to get centered and have a good, healthy direction but I always come back to yours, Janet, and I say this with utmost sincerity. You have helped me immensely. But I also know that a person HAS to do what works for them; a lot of blogs have been abandoned because "life" just gets in the way. But I do like the idea that blogs started out, to my understanding, as online journals. And journaling is a good way to get stuff off your mind, say your peace/piece, sound off, share thoughts. You can be real; it's okay. The only blogs I walked away from were two whose owners had a nasty edge to their posts; one would use the blog as some kind of way to get a message across to estranged/adult children and another was constantly dissing her spouse. I got tired of that really fast. There's a gal I like so much who blogs from Glendora/Azusa/Diamond Bar area of SoCal; busy 40ish mom with a little one who was unexpected after the others are mostly grown and she strikes a good balance between ugh-ing over our heatwave and what on earth do you cook when you can't turn on that oven, the struggles of keeping up with paperwork/bills, how soon to get ready for Christmas holidays so that the house doesn't look too bad for guests at the last minute, what's good to buy at what time of the year (like she had a great tip about buying printer paper right now as the back-to-school sales end); just her everyday life. And I love it. Real. Be yourself. You're safe here; it's your blog; it can be whatever you want it to be. But only if you want to be here; no pressure. Hah. Posts like mine are probably making you feel pressured and obligated. Not the intent. I'll shut up now. Chin up, dear Janet.

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  70. Refreshing, stylish, authentic, elegant...we can't all be wrong about you, Janet!

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  71. I love this blog. You have influenced me by showing us Project 333, your touch of elegant style, supporting the greys and much more (I always bake my bread like you, now!).
    My granny is 97. My mom is 72. Mom's life is on hold (with me looking after it) while she lives with her mom, 1000 miles away, till the end - granny is going strong! Last year, Mom fell ill and had to have major surgery. My 21 yr old daughter had just emigrated with her husband (we helped to swallow up their belongings). For 4 mths, my daughter and I travelled back and forth to cover the care of these two great ladies during my mom's convalescence, leaving our husbands behind (and in my case my 17 yr old who is just getting started in life, as well as my married daughter with two adorable grandchildren). At the same time, both my in-laws had/have Parkinson's, FIL died suddenly and MIL insists on remaining on her very large, elegant and antique estate, leaving all the care and responsiblity to us, though only just how she wants it... My husband's work in another area is finished and there's an apartment to be dissolved, more things to place, sell, find room for.
    We are a sandwich generation. It is often hard, but the rewards are there. The silver linings, the distractions, the appreciation and it's so enjoyable to see how others do and cope. Sometimes it's good to discuss options publicly, people have some great ideas you don't think of!
    Of course, we have the best spouses and pets in the world to make this work, but we rely on our blogger friends, too, to some extent, so I really hope we'll continue to have you in this space!

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  72. I love your blog. You are real and are not selling anything. The blogs I once enjoyed are now
    nothing but sales pitches....thank you for your honesty and down-to-earth sensibility. I admire
    your simplicity and grace. Keep your chin up....every road has bumps.

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      That's a nice post from Anon right before mine. "Simplicity" and "grace." Two more great descriptive words for Janet from her loyal fan base. This is nearly 100 comments. Wow. I don't think I even actually KNOW a hundred people. Or at least a hundred who "heart" me!!!

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  73. 96 comments and counting. Are you not convinced yet that what you present here is important? I check your blog everyday. Every. Single. Day.

    You have a wonderful way of paring down your life in every aspect...be it clothes, budget, decorating, gardening, menus...all of it simple, less stressful. You may question the blog's worthiness but I assure you, it helps all of us because what you present here is achievable---with you as our guide. Thank you.

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  74. I also love your blog! You are so genuine and have such class - I love the way you do things from your delicious recipes (your caesar salad was fantastic!), to your fashion, decor and overall approach to life. Hope things start feeling better for you. xo

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  75. I only found your blog today - it’s the first time I’ve seen it - the combination of things you write about are great and quite unique so I’m selfishly sad to hear that you’re taking a break. I’ve just started to write about sleep and will keep your comments in mind. We all love pretty pictures but reality is life. All the best - I’ve subscribed for whenever you start to post again. xo

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  76. You are a smart cookie to put your energy into sorting things out rather than blogging.
    I think it's clear that there are plenty of us who will be here whenever the mojo moves you.

    wishing you the best.

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  77. I also have been going through a rough time after the death of a family member. I have been reassessing what my priorities are and where I can find joy. I find your blog inspiring because you find the joy in small things. I spent so much time thinking that I needed things--clothes, furnishings, etc. I measured myself against other people. I still do and try hard not too. You put it out there and admire you for it. Your blog is so refreshing and real. I hope you continue inspiring us.

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    1. I often come back to read comments from all of Janet's great readers just to see one like yours. My sympathies for your loss. I can relate. Rough times are, well, hard. After months of intense family caregiving (and years before that of it, ranging from moderately-intense), I found out I probably had cancer, like the day after my mother died--and, yes, I did have, had surgery and I go forward with a excellent prognosis; but, when I should be taking it easy, I am lifting/pushing/carrying and decluttering her house which is jam-packed with 60 years-worth of belongings and trying to move into it myself if I can pay off her huge reverse mortgage, empty out my own house in time and get mine sold before they foreclose on hers. It's nuts and these are among the most stress-ridden times of my life...but the main thing is that I went to the oncologist again yesterday and I'm still checking out good, post-surgery and therein lies the priority; the rest will be what it will be.

      Life-altering events cause you to zero in on what to focus on and what not to. I've found out I'm not a snob after all. I can live in the smaller house in the not-so-chic neighborhood, get myself and my husband in a better position as retirement years loom, maybe free up a little money so that I can actually take a vacation...and, I'm telling you, I never thought I would say this, but reasonable frugality feels good; it feels right. I've been so boho, liberated and "free" in my past life but I kinda like rein-ing in a little and creating a few borders; it feels safe and comforting, which I need right now when so much has been uncertain (the rug getting pulled out from 'neath your feet!). And you hit the nail on the head. What is real? REAL. I want REAL. Authentic. I still like nice things and I like to look at nice things but I don't have to buy every nice thing. (And REAL people; genuine and honest. Give me the non-game players and instead the good souls.)

      I am so sick of packing boxes and moving stuff that I'm ready to travel the world with one suitcase just like Janet did for France! I never thought less is more but it definitely IS! We get so much crap we don't need; just more dust-catchers to where your eye scrambles trying to figure out where to settle. The anti-calm. And calm is clean/cleansing.

      Janet, I hope you read this, but sometimes I am absolutely STUNNED by my ignorance or too-small world...I did not know of Kelly Wearstler. Just since you did this post, I swear I've seen her name like four times! I think it's the current or October issue of ELLE DECOR (don't quote me on that) where I saw a whole spread on the actress Cameron Diaz...I think that's her name...who features her NY place designed/decorated by KW. And I was surfing somebody else's blog and here was a book called HUE written by KW. See? If you didn't do these stylish/informative/interesting posts like this one on The Viceroy, I'd still be ignorant (at least of Kelly Wearstler!). And now I know of a nice place for a staycation, too.

      My opinion, Janet, is that you are a person of substance, writing about things of substance. I like substance. I am having increasingly less patience with "fluff." I'm not saying a little fluff isn't nice, but you strike the right balance of it with your blog. You really do. You've never written a post I didn't get something from or just downright enjoy. Thank you.

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  78. I've been there. I had a blog and just ran out of things to say. But in hindsight, I now see that the best blogs, or websites, for that matter, aren't just about you. They require a theme of some sort. And seriously, you've got enough style and economic expertise to hold your own. Keep doing what u are doing. I find it inspirational. You've made me feel better about getting rid of things and living a simpler life. I llove seeing and reading about pantries, and closet makeovers, and vegan recipes. It's my escape. It's a tough crazy world. Life can get get us down. And things get crazy. So that's when I delve deeper into the mundane. Somehow, I find great satisfaction in organizing a spice cabinet. So please don't stop posting. Often it's those little things that I find most cathartic.

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      I have this "thing" where I refuse to use a ATM. I go to the drive-up window at the bank to talk to "live" people and the young ones think I'm a dinosaur. We had a conversation this week about cursive/penmanship and they agreed they never do handwriting and instead only printing. The one girl said she thought she one time saw a typewriter at somebody's house. I asked the young guy if he'd ever heard of full-serve gas stations and he said "no," except that once when he was recently on a vacation in a very small town in central California, an elderly man still running the station came out and asked if he could pump their gas for them; the kids thought he was trying to scam them. Am I this old, really? I'm not even retirement age according to the government, not yet. Sometimes when I come across similar comments on blogs, I then don't feel so creaky and outdated. Our friends in cyberspace can shore us up and remind us that WE ARE NOT OLD, DO NOT RULE US OUT, WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED...

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  79. I just wrote a long post and don't think it showed. Oh , we'll. In short, all I really wanted to say was, for me, it's those little things: like cleaning and organizing a pantry that keep me sane. Your blog is inspirational. When it comes to your posts, don't think big. Do like Steve Martin and get small. Style is in the details. Even the smallest, most mundane things, can sometimes be the most interesting. Don't quit. I need more recipes. And fashion tips! Hang in there. It'll get better.

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  80. Dear Janet, I've been lurking here for quite a while. I love reading your blog because it's so nice and peaceful. Your house is so pretty and crisp and clean. Please, please tell me that you've got a room set aside that's overflowing with clutter! :) I hope things in your universe get better soon!

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  81. Dear Janet,

    and if it were only vegan dishes you post - I would love to come back every day.
    But I fear that vegan dishes is not exactly what you had on your mind when you started blogging. I love how you influence us, motivate us to change our habits.

    But then there 24 hours. And not a minute more. Days often come with too little time for blogging.

    xoxo Paula from Vienna

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  82. Dear Janet
    Again, another long time lurker, first time commenter - so lovely to see a post from you as always, fresh, elegant, authentic. Agree with absolutely everyone here. You inspire to live with integrity, your style - both personal and writing - calming, reflective and inspirational. I used to live in St Margarets, near Kew Gardens so your London trip brought back many fond memories. Now, I live in Germany and wish that I could 'pop around' or say to you 'if you're passing by, call in'. You remind me so much of my very bestest friend since we were five (who died of breast cancer) and so many times I want to ring her number and say 'Have you seen Janet's post...?'.

    Remember, you started this blog for you, and along the way all of your followers found you and remained because you emanate divine grace and so, for purely selfish reasons, post when you feel you want to, not because you feel you have to, pretty pretty please .... In the meantime, happy to go back to the beginning again and re-read through all of your previous posts.

    With heartfelt best wishes and blessings to you. Maggie

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  83. Janet,

    I keep checking in and here you are with a beautiful photo of you in what looks like a gorgeous place. I've never been to that Vicreoy...the black and white, Kelly green and you with your bag...stunning and thoughtful looking as always!

    I do know what you mean...some blogs out there are sort of "look at me", "look what I can do"...but yours is truly so authentic and beautiful in every way. I've missed you Janet.

    xo
    annie

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  84. Janet, I love your blog and how you share yourself in a quiet way, never showy. I have enjoyed your blog so much. I'm glad you are back.

    AM

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  85. Janet, this is what I have said to my teenage daughter more than once...."you have no idea how other people envy you, the way your hair has a cowlick that you don't like and they only wish they could get their hair to do what yours is doing". I say the same about the eyebrows she does not like and tell her we women many times don't think we are interesting, or attractive or worthy. I am not saying this what you are going through but you do seem surprised that "we" your readers just love what you are, how you write, how you photograph, and how you choose to live it. You do have ups and downs because you are authentic and that is what makes this a great read...A.U.T.H.E.N.T.C.I.T.Y!! So I will keep coming back and checking for posts and be happy when do, on your terms. XO Karen

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  86. Wow! What a lovely setting for a relaxing get away. I want to be there now! The Kelly green is lovely as is the plate wall. Very nice. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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  87. I never find our blog boring...even simple posts about garden flowers in your home inspire me. And I do not think for ONE MINUTE that you try to act like your life is perfect. For me, blogs are a little escape from the daily stresses of life. I feel like it's obvious that everyone has ups and downs...yet I don't really want to read about those from other people...I don't mean to sound harsh but I cannot stand the blogs that do nothing but complain ... I like your mantra of FOCUS ON THE GOOD!
    I really hope you keep blogging b/c I am inspired by your goal of simple, great living and going more with less...I love your style also.

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  88. ...and what happened to Shell?

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  89. Janet, your blog has been an inspiration on so many levels. Because of you I have far fewer but much nicer clothes. I have less junk in my house, I think about each item before I buy it. Your recipes inspire me to eat healthy food, you have taught me about skin care, I could go on and on... I'm just saying, nothing mediocre about your blog!

    Warmly,
    Barbara in Northern CA

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  91. Dear Janet, can't agree enough with all the other comments on what an inspiration you and your blog are to me. Be kind to yourself. love Pam

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  92. Janet,
    I also love your blog, and am inspired by your recipes, meals, your beautiful home, fashion, and simple living. I would love to see a post giving details about how you keep your house so clean and uncluttered on a regular basis. I know you've done some posts on spring cleaning, but I would love to know what types of cleansers you use and what kind of daily and weekly routines you have to keep it looking so great. Thank you for the time you take to share with us! As you can tell, we do not find you mediocre at all.
    Cindy

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  93. Hi Janet,

    So sorry to hear that you have been having a difficult time. I just wanted to add my two penn'orth worth to all the others that say your blog is truly inspiring - even when you are "just" writing about your garden or a new recipe! I love going back through your archives and re-reading your adventures when you remodelled your home, your decorating decisions and your ability to encourage me - and many others - to live a simpler less cluttered life. I can understand that your mojo may be flagging a bit, but we are all here to tell you that your are an inspiration. I hope that you feel you can carry on as I would miss the chance to catch up with your posts, maybe a different posting schedule would shake things up a bit? I agree with those who say information on how you keep your home so clean and organised would be welcome - it's all in the details after all! Your posts where you talk about small things in your home - even recaulking the bath - are encouraging. I think I love the sense of order you inspire. I do hope you decide to carry on; while life is hard and things seem overwhelming I am sure the blog is the least of your worries, but this community will be here for you when you decide what is right for you. Best wishes, Karen

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  94. Dear Janet - I cannot but agree with all the comments above, but still wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear you are having such a tough time and how much I miss your regular posts. With your 'mediocre' blog you have gathered a lovely community of people from around the world that enjoy each others online company and enjoy even more to see you re-caulking your bathroom (how many people have mentioned this here !).
    Take care, Mireille

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  95. I'm sorry to hear you are having a difficult time, but I hope you don't stop blogging, I love reading about your travels, food (the recipes I've made from your blog are delicious) I agree about 'perfect life on blog' syndrome but you manage the balance beautifully.

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  96. I have never thought your life (or anyone else's is perfect)...I know better. I enjoy visiting your beautiful blog to see the beautiful things in your life and would hate to see that stop....isn't that why we all visit?????

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  97. The Gardener's Cottage has always been my favorite blog! And I think it is a place to go in cyberland that takes all of us away from the problems and the worries of the world. Your blog helps many people and I hope it can be an outlet for you too, Janet!

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  98. Janet, I've been feeling much the same way lately. I am going through a rough time at work, and naturally it's affecting my personal life to some extent. I do enjoy blogging but sometimes it feels superficial -- and I also wonder if anyone really cares. However, it's my creative outlet so I'm torn as to whether or not to keep it up. I hope that whatever you choose to do, you are happy with your decision.
    Claudia

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    1. There was a time when I thought blogging might be superficial. I know I can wind up sitting on my butt at the computer when I should be doing other things. But I've learned there's a wide community of women, and men, who find a lot of satisfaction/fulfillment in both having a blog and posting, or being able to express comments as a reader. It's a different way of connecting, but at least it's connecting. Everybody's busy, getting home from work, driving into the garage and shutting the door on everything and everybody to handle the busyness of the moment in a day with not-enough hours. Hard to make time to get together with friends or even make regular church on Sundays like our parents did. As women we love our friends, but they drop off, like flowers not getting enough water. When is there time to create or share. In the off hours, when maybe the house is asleep and we should be, too...we take some quiet moments and surf the blog world. If you find the right sites and blogs, it's informative, relaxing and often fun, like having pen pals when you were a kid. I love my changing assortment of blogs to visit. I've learned so much from the blog authors and their readers, about a variety of subjects. It's fun to exchange info on blogs when you have a commonality...like minds on a favorite subject. We've adapted to a strange, new, technical world but, and I've said this before, part of it isn't that much different from my great-grandmothers sitting around a quilting frame, taking an afternoon to gather from their various farmhouses to sit a bit, quilt a bit, chat a bit...exchange recipes and home remedies, share fears and hopes.

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    2. Boy, did you hit the nail on the head, Vicki. I've started and stopped blogging before I ever hit "publish"... I do really enjoy reading all the others, especially Janet's. Little does she know (or she'll find out when she looks) that her blog has taken on a life of it's own!

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  99. Never mediocre and authenticity is never obsolete!!

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  100. Weird, I am missing lots of folks posts these days.I love that place, I know it like the back of my hand, because I love to drink at Chez Jays across the road, love your basket and the green background.

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  101. Flap, flap, can't find your email, you know I am coming to poke you with stick don't you?

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    1. I'm holding the stick with Tab's.
      Real people are so few and far between on this web.

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    2. I just came to check back in on you. Well, I think your blog is still going! I sure hope you feel a whole lot of love.

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  102. I read many different blogs. Those who decorate, create or cooking. What I love about yours is the "less is more" keeping things simple. I am trying my best to remove the clutter. I can go days without reading your blog and when I loose focus on getting rid of stuff I always get back on track after reading your blog again. Thanks for your inspiration and wonderful posts. Praying for you for strength at this difficult time.

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kindness is never out of style.

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