Thursday, February 22, 2007

*Are We There Yet? - Light a Candle

Have you seen the outstanding, wonderful kitchen with red cabinets that are the work of Kim at One Woman's Cottage Life1? I stopped by for a visit this morning and Kim posted a hearfelt note about her house. This is my post in honor of Kim, and the light she brings to the world.
When you come by to visit here, you only see the really after, after shots. I make sure everything is just right, and it is very selective photography. There is most likely some stack of stuff waiting to be put away just out of the camera shot. It's been like more like that since last summer. And some of the house cannot be shown in show & tell time! It is still in need of tons of work.
We are certainly not done yet, even after 20 years!
I was positive so much would be done by the end of last year, and tore up lots of areas in the house during spring, even the whole backyard, so we would be ready for the work to done. Then I found out about a serious health issue, and all that stuff stopped since I had to mend after surgery.

You know what, it doesn't matter quite as much now. I'm not sure what lessons I needed to learn, but if I ever doubted there is no place like home, I certainly know it now as an absolute truth, for me. Home is with my loved ones, a space that I cherish and nuture, as it does me.
You might have guessed that "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of my all time favorite movies. When George starts kissing and hugging everything falling apart in his house, I have a good cry. I understand how he feels.

When I first started writing here, I was posting some lovely picture, which of course was only what I wanted to be seen. The family room was full of boxes and stuff as we were again in the middle of something. My sweet, darling daughter walked by and saw the picture and had a good laugh. She thought it would be good for me to take a picture of the mess and post it! Not today, I'm not as brave as Kim.
We could move to a newer house, with nothing to do. But it just doesn't feel right. One day there will be no more big projects to do around here. And it will be great, but for now, back to my list of things to do. Are we there yet? Not done, but we are there, home.


  1. oh me too... we always have something in transition as far as remodeling... and I think I must thrive on it... but like you I dont even think about documenting the mess ...

  2. Your post really touched me !!! Thank you so much for your honesty, it's nice to know I'm not alone. But if one more person tells me "Rome was not built in a day" I may scream !!! LOL Yes I can still laugh !!
    Thanks again.....

  3. We built our new house 3 years ago and I believe we've had some kind of "project" going ever since!Old house, new house , to some of us, I don't think it matters, we will always need a project of sorts!Thanks for sharing your thoughts, they are so true!
    Come visit me!

  4. I love your honesty! I think without projects, life would be boring.

  5. I, too, was touched by your post today, and the thoughts that you shared. You gave me a renewed outlook toward the projects I have awaiting me...and toward the things that are really important in life.

  6. Oh yes, I do love projects, too!
    My daughter says I'll invent new ones even if I really ever do get done.

    Thanks so much for your notes.

  7. OH! You are so SWEET & WONDERFUL! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this touching entry. I think I may cry! I really appreciate your words and knowing that I'm not the only one.

    "Home is with my loved ones, a space that I cherish and nuture..." You hit the nail on the head - I so need to keep reminding myself of that. I'm sorry that you have dealt with health issues and I hope you are on the mends:) Many hugs to you - your entry really lifted my just don't know! (((Hugs)))


  8. Your honesty, I believe made every one of us feel so much better! Thank you for that...Arlene


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