Firstly. Still no bed. I’m trying to convince myself that I’m living in a Japanese themed bedroom and the mattress on the floor is all part of some unplanned feng shui phase. Reality is I still have no date for my new house and I’m still mainly eating pizza or mostly going out to eat because I feel quite disasociated in my temporary home. The house is fine but it is not my ‘home’.
It got me thinking what is a home. I’ve lived in a few houses through my life. 12 actually. Some of those houses I lived in for years and they never really felt like a home. Some for much shorter periods of time that became home. What makes a place your ‘home’?. You know that kind of home that even after a lovely holiday you’re excited and glad to step back into it.
The family inside, the pencil on the wall marking your children’s growth, a flower that miraculously grew from the seed you threw into the soil, the birds that visit regularly, the patch in the garden where the sun warms your skin, the ingredients in the cupboard waiting to be cooked, the postcard on the fridge and the scribbled note kept safely. The pooches playing with a new toy. The red nose that has been left on the wall from a home made Christmas party game. That tea set you had to buy. Heart decorations bought just for you. A box of collected memorabilia. The shells picked up from your favourite beach. A special photo that always makes you smile. Music that you have to dance to. A piece of furniture that you love. A charity shop bought jug full of your favourite flowers. A suitcase of letters from a time before Facebook. The phone ringing with someone just checking in. A friend popping in for coffee (or wine!). Snuggling under a throw with your favourite film. A game of scrabble. Books. Chats over dinnertime. Hugs on tap. A notebook of dreams. Pennies collecting in a jar. Candles and fairy lights. Pillows. A box of crafts to be made into cards. Recipes photocopied bearing food splashes. A favourite mug filled with camomile tea. The smell of home made tomato and basil sauce simmering. A piano waiting for you to finally learn that piece. And of course. Most importantly…
Family (furry or not!).
…….and also perhaps……..a comfy bed!!!
I’m so excited to build all these memories again in my new home that will add to life’s memories of my last….
Join me next week for the next episode of…. ‘is Dwysan still sleeping on the floor?’ ….
Happy Sunday everyone xx