closing in + Nassau County Museum of Art

November 26, 2012 |  Category:   life outings rambling

Sometimes I wonder if this blog has run its course. I’m not planning on shutting it down, though I must admit if it weren’t for our business, I do think that I would at least consider it. But aside from that, writing and taking photos and connecting with people still give me joy, but I will fully admit that these days, I struggle a bit to find something to write about every day. This has always been a personal blog and in that sense I never needed to search for content – it always came from whatever I was feeling and doing at the moment, but in the last few months I’ve been wanting to close that door a little more. Not long ago I wondered where the line should be drawn when it concerns the kids and now I know. Now that they are older I won’t be posting about the girls so specifically. I want to respect their right to privacy. This is the right thing to do. Maybe I should have done it much sooner when the blog gained more readers. Maybe I was wrong not to do so. What I do know is that I don’t have regrets about anything I have posted in the past, even posts that were very personal or ones that compelled some people to leave some harsh comments. I think there are lessons to be learned from everything.


I do love this blog and I can’t even begin to count all the wonderful things that have happened because of it so I know that I will continue on, but I’m not exactly sure where to go from here. Maybe the answer is just that it will happen less often. If a personal blog starts getting less personal where does it go? (ha!)


Photos taken at the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art on the former Frick estate. The abandoned house built in 1862 is on the wooded trail near the museum.

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  • lulu November 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Every morning at around 9, Monday to Friday, with my cup of coffee, dreading the long work day (10 hours) ahead of me, i check my email first then your blog, always in that order for the last 3 years or longer, even if you do not have any new post, i still look at your blog. Even when i know i have a busy day ahead of me, i will always check your blog before i start working. Your blog has been part of my work day now for so long, i hope you would reconsider and just take a break instead of shutting it down. ,

  • Pamela November 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    While I would hate for you to shut down this blog, I can understand the lack of inspiration/desire, and certainly the right to privacy as your girls are getting older. Whatever you decide will be the right choice for you and your family. Can’t say I’ll miss seeing you around the www though!

  • Susan November 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Something many of us struggle with…and it’s interesting you bring up your children. I consider my blog an online journal in a sense, a way to document our lives. Of course I’m sharing it with the “world”, so that has it’s pros and cons. My little corner doesn’t get as much attention as yours, so I don’t feel any concern at this point, but it is food for thought. I enjoy your blog so much, so I hope you don’t disappear entirely at any point. 😉

  • jacqueline | the hourglass files November 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    My own blogging habits ebb and flow. Sometimes I’m full of things to write about, sometimes the ideas don’t come as easily.

    I don’t think you should force yourself to turn out content every day if it’s just not there. So cut back however much you need to. I will be very sad if the day comes when you close this blog down completely though, but I support whatever you need to do.

  • Denise November 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I certainly understand that maintaining a blog involves a waxing and waning of the desire to post, the perspective of what to post, etc. I can imagine that it’s also a bit tiring to be so self-reflective and then articulate that reflection, day in and day out. I hope this will just become a waning period, rather than a closure.

    And though I don’t think that I’ve ever commented, your blog is in my Reader list under ‘favorites’. Here are a few reasons why:

    1) I’m interested in your shop- the family entrepreneurship; the interesting flavors combinations and items; the photos you take for the shop

    2) I love getting insight on what it’s like to raise children in New York City. It’s so different than my experiences raising my son in the rural Midwest. You seem to lead a ‘normal’ life, but one that includes so many special, unique nuances (as does any family- l enjoy insight into yours) with your family backgrounds, the events and sightseeing, the neighborhood traditions.

    3) Your honesty and straightforwardness about yourself- as a mother, as a small business owner, as a freelancer, as a woman.

    4) The photos you share- of everything!

    Anyway, I wish you the best! I will continue to enjoy whatever you do decide to post at whatever frequency you may post until it does come to a closure.

  • Diane November 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Jenna, as always, so thoughtful. As life unfolds, so do blogs. I love coming here, for your beautiful photos and your honesty. Wherever your blog and your life takes you, I am so grateful for your continuing inspiration.

  • Jane November 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I love reading blogs because they allow me to travel the world, to experience cultures and ways of life that I’ll probably never get to experience. Your photos of New York just amaze me – it’s as though the city in the movies is just as amazing as they say it is, which is breathtaking for a small towner like me from the other side of the world. I love reading about small business owners, I love looking at beautiful photos. Whatever you decide to do, your blog would be missed!

  • Jenna November 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hi guys! Thanks for leaving your wonderful comments, as always. I won’t be shutting down the blog! I just might post less frequently than in the past and most certainly will post less about the girls than I have, though they won’t disappear from the blog of course. I think I am just being a little more careful these days and thinking twice, now that they are older. Thanks so much for reading and checking in all these years. xo

  • Nancy November 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I love to read about the girls, because I have two little girls of my own and I like that little glimpse into my future. BUT I mostly read this blog because I love reading what you write about aging, about raising a family…your posts always make me think and see things in my own life differently.

  • Patricia November 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Writing on a blog can be just as bad as having a job you don’t like if your heart isn’t in it. I make money on my blog and so I have to do it, even on the days that I really don’t want to. But some days I still enjoy it very much.
    You have certainly given me a lot of pleasure here, but I do understand about writing less about the girls. You never want your words to be used by someone else to hurt them. And the sad truth is, that could easily happen. I will always come here to read what you have to say. Thanks for all the happiness you give to your readers.

  • Simone November 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    There is a blog I read regularly and the woman who writes it mentions her sons as “little brother” and “big brother” I have never seen pictures of them. I have of their drawings, artworks etc. For me that works fine and the boys can come away from that unscathed.
    I understand your dilemma. I believe that people have the right to be able to be anonymus (on the web as well), and in a way you cross that right with your own children at a certain point when you choose to blog about them.
    I admire Tom Ford who had a child recently and said that we will never get to see that child.
    On the other hand I also understand the joy children bring us and the people around us and the human relevance of that -in the sense that it brings other people joy to witness that in a way. And sometimes it can be worthwhile to read about joy’s or dilemma’s other people have with their children. Of course when you write a blog and you are truthful to yourself and your life and the authentic expression of that, sometimes it is impossible to not blog about it either.
    Good luck with this dilemma. Have a wonderful day!!!

  • Cristina Cugini November 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Ji Jenna,
    my name’s Cristina, i’m an italian wedding and event planner. I’ve never left a message into your blog, and now that you want to close it i regret about that… Maybe i always thought you would has never close your beautiful blog…! My feelings about your blog are the same of Lulu: i liked to read your blog when i was having breackfast, or when my day was sad and i was wondering for something positive, good feelings, and so on… I feel in love with your beautiful daughters (both Miss C. than Mia, at the same way), but also i feel in love with you and your family, your parents and your husband, your friends… in a word (or two): you all. So please… reconsider your choice, i will feel very sad without your adorable posts, your incredible and beautiful photos, and without your husband receipes too…! Or just take a “hiatus moment”, but don’t deprive us of your pleasant presence…!

    However… one day, in the future, if you’d like it will be a pleasure for me to accomodate you and your beautiful family to my home (or to a wonderful B&B, or wherever you wish!) here in Rome. Have you never thought to have a summer journey in Italy? I think you would like this country…. I kept this proposal for myself for all these months…. now that you are considering to close the blog i must to ask you for that absolutely! You really would like Rome…! Think a little about that, ok? 😉

    Whatever is your decision (about an italian holiday and about the blog)… thank you very much for everything. For gave us some pieces of your amazing life, for shared them with us. I think the same of Lulu: i’ll keep reading your blog, and your past entries… because i feel good when you talk about your incredible, amazing life.

    Much Love x x x
    Cristina C.

  • Dee November 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I love reading your blog, every post. As with a good novel, I enjoy the opportunity to briefly experience a life different in many ways from my own, alike in a few. I hope if you decide to post less, you will still give us occasional updates. I would be so sad not to see what the girls look like and what they are interested in–art? baking? neither? as they grow to make their own choices.

  • Darcy November 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I love your blog and I love your writing, but I also love what you have to say about living in NYC, different places you go. So if you’re struggling for where to go virtually, you could always tell us some of that – more info on the places themselves, what you did there, how everyone responded. i love your blog as it is and don’t want to change, but i also love your photos and everytime we visit nyc (we live in DC) I look to you for inspiration and suggestions on what we should do. just a thought . . .

  • maria November 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    As I read the comments I’m realizing that your blog has become in some way a very joyful part of the day. Is not about the information you share is more about “how” you share the beauty of daily life. And of course, I love the pictures.

  • Jan November 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I understand wholeheartedly where you’re coming from with regard to your semi-lack of passion to post but feeling compelled to keep chugging along for business. Everytime I take a hiatus from some social media platform, I never come back as fully as I once was – emotionally or physically. Lately, I’ve begun to wonder if my willful lack of connection has created a more dispassionate feeling for everything or if the latter secretly caused the disconnect in the first place. I don’t know…. it’s hard to muster either sometimes when you’re buried in real work, like I know you are as well!

    Your blog is beautiful – I so appreciate the images and the angles you capture! Your work and your daughters are beautiful, too. Whatever your decision moving forward, it will be a pleasant respite for many even if it’s only sporadic. To thine ownself be true.

  • victoria November 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I don’t mind how infrequently you post – I just love you view on the world and things that happen to you. It’s lovely to see your girls, but it wouldn’t stop me visiting if you stopped that side of it and concentrated on only “talking” when you have something to say .x

  • Lisa November 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I completely understand how you feel now that the girls are growing up. No matter what you decided to do with the blog, I just wanted to let you know that your blog is one of the few that I actually read through the entire post every time you post something new. I love visiting your blog, not just reading your posts in my Google Reader. your blog design is beautiful and I admire the simplicity and honest posts that you write; won’t elaborate on more but simply that your blog has been a routine read. Not to mention, your photographs are wonderful. I won’t suggest what I hope you will do with the blog, but if not words, I’d love to continue following your photos. Hope you stick around Jenna!

  • RebeccaNYC November 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

    You know? One day at a time, one post at a time, it will become clear what you want to do with this blog. I don’t think you have to make any big DECISION about it, and certainly it should not be a source of stress. Let it evolve, naturally. Good call about the kids, though I will miss their beautiful presence in my daily life. Thanks for letting me watch them grow this far…xoxo

  • gia November 27, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I like Jan’s comment above. I agree about social sites. Could you make a rule for yourself to not talk about the kids? Maybe challenge yourself to just share about you? Though your girls are so adorable.

  • Jessica H. November 27, 2012 at 2:29 am

    The 4th photo is gold. But they’re all very lovely.

  • Helle November 27, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I for one would miss your blog – reading about your trips, the food, holidays, days out or your thoughts about things, and yes the girls. Sometimes I ask myself, is it being voyeuristic, looking into somebody else’s life, I don’t know. But hey, where would I otherwise have seen such great photos from and heard about the Nassau County Museum :-)

  • michi November 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    your blog is very nice. I would not show so many pictures of my children if I were you…but this is a personal opinion. We should protect them from the web.

  • mette / ungt blod November 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I am so much on the same page as you – for the first time since I started my blog I have found myself not able to find anything to blog – it is not just that I am busy with my new job and that my days look completely different because of this job, I simply just don’t find things to post or feel like posting things I would have in the past. We will see – I am with you on slowing the pace a bit – I the wonderful thing about your blog is not how often you post, but that you are always so thoughtful in your post that it seems everyone can relate.

  • Anne-Marie November 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I love your blog for the honesty in it – I know then it’s not just me who has doubts/bad days etc! which is very encouraging. Thank you for putting your reflections on-line and best of luck with what you move on to doing now. I’ll still look forward to reading your less frequent posts!

  • Linda Ullrich November 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    all I can say is that it is to me like Lulu said in the very first comment. Every day when I am having my breakfast, I’ll read your blog, not for so long as Lulu did but only since I know that you run a blog.
    I understand all the concerns that you have about the privacy and your two girls but I want to tell you also that I totally love your blog because you are posting about things that are so human. I mean, when there was (and I know the affects are still there and will be for a long time) Sandy going on there were people living in NYC posting about fashion which I could only understand in terms of escapism. But you write about every day life, the problems one struggles, the beautiful things and being so open to write about things that make you think. What I want to say, there are so many superficial blogs going on in the www and one of the main reasons why I read your blog (besides beautiful photos from NYC, inspiration) is that you can recognize yourself in the things you write and that makes it worth to come back every day. Thank you, Jenna!

  • Ann November 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I can’t say it any better than mette -“the wonderful thing about your blog is not how often you post, but that you are always so thoughtful in your post that it seems everyone can relate.” 1000x YES!

  • Mary Anne November 28, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Hi Jenna, Like everyone said we really love your blog for your honesty, personality and insight you give into your life and your family. I have been reading your blog for atleast 3 years. I remember discovering it and I read all your archives in one sitiing. I love your blog because it’s just about you and not about something everyone else is reposting or talking about it. I just want you to know that you bring a bit of New York into my life in Melbourne, Australia. I didnt make it to New York before I had kids but it’s at the top of my list. Thank you for bringing joy into my life. xx

  • Christine Somers November 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    It is difficult to always know where to draw the line. I want to share photos and stories about my grandchildren but their father who is in IT has asked me not to do so. I respect his wishes. When your children or grandchildren in my case are so much a part of our lives, it is hard not to tell the stories about them.

    I am sure Jenna, that as you will find your voice as your girls age. The stories will just be presented a little differently.

  • Bunny November 29, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I’m a big fan of this blog! You take beautiful pictures and your family is fun and well rounded. I feel like a lot of what you do will be reflected in how I choose to live my life (city girl, probably will marry interracially, have artistic background would like to pursue independently, would love to raise multiple kids in a city…) I’m a blogger too and it’s been on off while I try to sort out what my life will be like. I was a traveling consultant for a while and although I did write about that exciting time, ultimately I was way too busy to do it.

    But I think you and your husband and your kids have plenty to saw. I miss those entries about funny stuff your beautiful daughters come up with and love your entries about food. I think even posting once a week is pretty productive and whatever you decide, I’m sure you know we are supportive and appreciative of you :)

  • sanae November 29, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I started reading your blog from the very beginning, when you first started chronicling the launch of Whimsy & Spice and I have been a fan from the get-go. I wholeheartedly agree with all the other comments: love your thoughtful insights, the candidness, the beautiful imagery, your unique viewpoint. I do hope you continue with your wonderful blog even if that means less posts, but of course, it’s always important to trust your instincts and do what feels right. I feel lucky to have stumbled across your blog so many years ago!