Saturday, January 28, 2012

an unexpected kind of pretty


I spend a lot of time at this kitchen sink of mine, and usually don't give it much thought. However, it recently captured my attention as it was looking rather neglected and uninviting. Really, it had become downright unfriendly! This hardworking sink of mine just really needed a good scrubbing.

The dirty dishes were washed and set on a towel to dry.
   

I scrubbed away with baking soda, vinegar, and steel wool to rid the corners of that calcified hard water which always seems to build up.

And somehow, having this sparkling sink made me notice the simple beauty of a pear core I had cut in fours to share with the goats.


There's a certain unexpected kind of pretty in these everyday, ordinary things - a pear core, a clean sink - very simple and pretty basic. Unadorned. That's the best kind of pretty, after all. 

26 comments:

  1. The simple things sometimes hold the greatest beauty! I love how the pear seeds form a flower! :)

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  2. I need to do exactly the same thing. Sounds like an honest task for a Sunday. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. I feel the exact same way when my kitchen sink is sparkling, amazing how pretty my kitchen looks when the sink is scrubbed and shining pretty.

    Love the pear seeds :)

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  4. You are so right!!I often neglect my sink which is silly considering the amount of time i spend there!!
    Thanks for your comments on my last post...wanted to let you know that all is good now and miss teen is home safe and sound!xx

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  5. Wow, that pear core IS pretty. Funny, when I read your blog title and saw the first photo, I thought you were going to point out that the soap bubbles looked like a "smiley" face. Or is that just me?

    Nice blog BTW...just found you yesterday. Beautiful pics.

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    1. Oh, wow, they do! I missed that, but you're right :) Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Haha! Just did the same thing a couple of days ago. Nice you shared it with all of us!

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    1. When it needs to be done, it really needs to be done, doesn't it? ;)

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  7. Nothing better than a shiny sink! I think it was Jon Kabat-Zinn who mentioned being in the moment while doing dishes. You certainly were in the moment noticing the beauty in a pear core. Inspired me to slow down a bit today!

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    1. I surprised myself in noticing it, but it really made a difference to be in the moment like that. A very worthwhile pursuit!

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  8. I'm learning as I approach my 38th birthday that unadorned is pretty...wear less makeup, clothes that I find beautiful and comfortable. Beautiful photo of the pear star!

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    1. So true! I often think that unadorned people are inherently beautiful.

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  9. oh i love it! in 2011 i journaled 1000 beautiful moments and the experience opened my eyes to everyday beauty. it was life changing, really.
    i love your washcloths and sink side basil(?) as well.

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! Yep, those are Vietnamese basil cuttings I took before my potted plant died back. This herb is so hard to find here, so I'm always trying to keep it alive in some form.

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  10. Simple timeless beauty - lovely post - thank you.
    Jacqui xx

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  11. I love this posting. I love finding beauty in unexpected places. Beautiful photos! Wishing you a splendid day!

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  12. Simplicity is beautiful... thank you for such a lovely post

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  13. A freshly cleaned sink is indeed a jewel in the kitchen :) The true heart of my home and my soul some days... some good thinking happens while standing at that sink making dirty things clean again...

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  14. Simply beautiful, yes. I do agree with you about the beauty of simple things. And I love scrubbing my own sink :)
    Lilli

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  15. That pear core really is stunning, I have to say! And your sink is lovely.

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  16. Have you ever read "The Fly Lady" ~ she is a reknowned author on keeping your house clean and organized and it starts every day with a clean, shiny beautiful sink! The name of her book is "Sink Reflections"....you are already on her plan! Your sink looks fabulous!

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    1. Oh, wow, I just looked her up. I think she's on to something there ;) Although I must confess not all my days start with a shiny sink!

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  17. This is a GOOD post. It reminds us all to live in the moment, be where we are, and see beauty in all the little everyday occurrences. Mindfulness at its best. Hey, if you must do dishes, (and we ALL must) do it with joy!

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  18. It really is so nice to see the beauty in everything! And your sink does look lovely.
    x Katherine

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  19. ... and the bubbles in the first photo almost seem to be making a smiley face!!! your sink is also happy!

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  20. Yes...a clean kitchen sink makes always makes me feel like I have it together:)! Yours looks beautiful!

    ~Julia

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