It's Day 8 in my quest to follow along with Cate and her challenge to blog every day in May. (Click here to join in!) I'm enjoying the prompts Cate has provided and the push to get out of the blogging rut I'd fallen into. Here's today's prompt:
Where do you go to clear your head? We all have that spot that makes us feel good when we visit, tell us about yours.
I must admit that the best place for me to clear my head is right here at home. Several years ago I wrote a post about our home and the places I love here. While a few things have changed (the green couch is now in the front room instead of the bedroom and the chimes are currently down for some much-needed repair), the feelings that I shared about our home remain the same. And it's here in our home that I feel calm and am most able to clear my head! Here's what I wrote:
How can I pick just one place in our home that is significant? I love
this house, our home, our refuge and sanctuary. I think there's a
special spot in almost every room that makes this house the home I love.
In the living room, my green toile chair-and-a-half with the storage
ottoman. As I sit here, I can look out the windows to the backyard and I
listen to the chimes singing on the back patio. In the kitchen, the
island is our favorite feature. This is our first home with a kitchen
island, and we both enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. The open space
between the kitchen and living room is a feature I have longed for in a
home. I can cook and clean and still visit with whoever is hanging out
in the living room without feeling like I'm talking to the corner of a
wall. The little green couch in the bedroom, Grandma's couch, the one
that's so low to the ground it's almost like sitting on the lowest
rung of a step ladder. I love this little couch. I sit here in the
mornings and read my Bible, plan my day, talk to God. The dining room
table, used less for dining and more for putting together puzzles,
sorting projects (think LOM printed photo sorting), coloring, drawing,
studying. And of course there's the swing in the backyard where I can
sit and read or lie back and watch the clouds drift by. Sitting at my
desk is like being at command central, everything in its place and ready
for me to pay bills or mail cards or edit photos or read forums. Even
the bathroom has its own special place - the spa tub. Having lived a few
years without one, I will never again take for granted those jets
blowing the water around and making the bubble bath lather more and
more. I can relax here, peruse magazines, have a snack, and oh yeah even
get all cleaned up. I guess I'll just have to say that it is our home
itself that provides that special place.
Do you have a special spot that makes you feel good and helps you clear your head?