If I could spend an hour doing whatever I wanted it would look like this.

A great novel, a cup of tea, and quiet.

Not just the no-loud-noise kind of quiet. but also the no conversation, nothing electronic, no television, no laundry, no-needs-to-be-met kind of quiet.

Just me and the tactile quality of old book pages, the warmth of my favorite cup in my hand, the delicious, flowery scent of earl gray tea.

And this tale to carry me away to a place I’ve never been, to feel the things I’ve never felt, to open my world one page at a time.

Until I am lost to the chair I sit in, lost to this room, this house.

Alone, in perfect silence.

A whisper might bring me back. Guide me home.

Back into the fold of daily life.

But I will be glad to have made my brief journey. Glad to have traveled
far away from a world filled with distraction, if only for an hour.
Glad for this time to hear myself think.

I will be.


P.S. This post is part of You Capture – Hopeful


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  • georgia March 10, 2010 at 11:40 am


    i just wandered over here via the comment you left on my guest post at 2bbb. thank you for that. i also thought i recognized the name from the comment you left on ethereal. and i was right!

    i’m so glad i came, too… for this peaceful post and to see your blog. it’s very serene and lovely.

    your words are beautiful. you photos are amazing! i’m in love with the bird shot below.

    lastly, i just wanted to say thank you for adding ethereal to your blog roll. what an honor to see it as i scrolled down through your list of reads. we love to get visitors there, but we feel like we don’t keep it up to date as often as we should. so it’s nice to see some signs of life from visitors over there. that encourages us to post more! so thank you!

    looking forward to come back for more of your writing and photography.


    • the blue muse March 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

      I love all of your blogs…and your photography! Thank you so much for stopping by…

  • Susan Tuttle March 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

    the perfect day!:)

    • the blue muse March 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      I agree… thank you so much for stopping by!

  • beth Billups March 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    hi there-
    this looks like a good place to sip a glass of red and explore. i love your photography and your jewelry is fabulous. thanks for the recent comments on my blog….


    • the blue muse March 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      thank you for stopping by…i might join you for that glass of red…

  • Anne March 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I love this post! I considered a very similar “quiet” post, but who am I kidding? I haven’t read a book in ages! I just dream about doing it again someday. 🙂

  • shelly March 10, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Beautiful photo. Beautiful thoughts!

  • Adventures In Babywearing March 11, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Oh man I need to up my photog skills. Great shot!


  • Susanna Haynie March 11, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Aaaahhh, that first cup of coffee in the morning – I had the feeling instantly when I saw the photo! Well done!

  • Jade @ Tasting Grace March 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Beautiful photo! Looks like my favorite kind of quiet too. 🙂

    • the blue muse March 11, 2010 at 11:42 am
    • thank you, it is nice to “meet” you as well!

  • Abby March 11, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Wow, this is just stunning. Maybe one of my favorite you capture shots ever. Well done!

  • Terry Elisabeth March 11, 2010 at 5:19 am

    I just love that kind of quiet. had that last night, very soothing.

  • alita March 11, 2010 at 8:06 am

    You summed up a perfect afternoon for me, too. Except it would be coffee 😉 I love the photo and the words. Eloquent!

  • colleen March 11, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Beautiful photo. I love your brand of quiet… sounds wonderful.

  • Jen Higgins March 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Beautiful compostion and depth of focus!

  • Erin March 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Beautiful photo… and thoughts!

  • megryansmom March 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    This was a beautiful post. Your whole blog is so serene, mind if I stay for a bit and have some coffee?

  • Upstatemomof3 March 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    What a great post!! I would LOVE that kind of quiet. Sitting and reading a novel and drinking a coke zero (cause I don’t like tea) sounds like such a great way to spend an hour!!

    • the blue muse March 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      thanks so much…I say whatever beverage work for you, it’s the quiet part that counts!

  • Lena March 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I too wanted to get a shot of a cup of tea (chamomile) with a favorite book, but went a different route at the last minute.
    Wonderful shot.

  • Sabrina March 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Those first morning sips of coffee are the best! I still get to have those brief calming coffee moments…but they are TOO brief and TOO infrequent. Great post.

  • Kirsten March 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I don’t get many of those days, but I know I enjoy them when I do. I haven’t found a book that I’ve wanted to disappear into in a while.

  • Meaghan March 26, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Ahhh, I’m having one of those mornings right now. 🙂 Love your blog, it’s so reflective and inspiring.


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