Home Alone

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

Jane Austen

Each year I try to allow time to go to Maine for a few days alone.  Time to be, to wonder at the clarity of winter sky, to count the stars at night, to breathe the air.  Before settling in to those pleasures, however, I have to clean, get everything spit spot so that when I walk through a room I see it, marvel at its perfection, revel in its silence, know that for this time the space is mine filled only with my own energy.

Once the cleaning is done, the bedrooms readied for family and summer guests,

hubby’s office cleaned and organized (he’ll never believe I threw nothing away),

my studio readied for summer projects,

the pillows frumped

and everything in its just right place

I go to my favorite chair by the fire with a perfect cappucino and a book or rather the one that is on my iPad.  Sometimes I read, sometimes just sit and enjoy the light coming in through the window.  Most of all I enjoy just being, and while I am glad to have this time alone, it’s good to know that in a few months the house will once again be filled with good times shared with family and friends.  There will be clutter and fingerprints, new spots on the slipcovers, new memories….that’s what makes this place home.

So, what are you doing this winter Sunday?

Linked to Metamorphosis Monday and Show Off Your Cottage Monday where many changes occur each week.

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19 thoughts on “Home Alone

  1. I’m cleaning my house this Sunday but it’s never, ever going to be finished and clean like Linda’s. My husband and I are tackling the bookcases, trying to weed out some old books to make room for new ones: a difficult process as my book lover husband treats each book like a lost old friend he’s rediscovered and before parting with must thoroughly peruse.

  2. It looks like the perfect get away. Very cozy and comfortable. Enjoy your time alone.

  3. Can I come visit? It’s gorgeous. 😀
    It is freezing cold here today and we are enjoying the warmth indoors. I might just light the fire, make myself some tea, and do a bit of writing.

    1. Writing would be the perfect thing to do by the fire with the sun shining in over your shoulder.

  4. Happier Than A Pig in Mud February 20, 2011 — 10:54 am

    Looks like a beautiful, comfortable home that enjoys many laughs and good times-enjoy! I’m cooking dinner for my sons today, turkey in the oven:@)

  5. I love seeing your home–it says a lot about you. I have not tried the home alone thing since 2005. My hubby and I have separate areas in our NC home where we do our own projects, but somehow, we haven’t ever felt the need to be apart. As an only child, that seems strange to me, but there it is.

    I have an unrelated question: How do you find the book reading experience on your iPad? I will be getting one soon and have not purchased a uni-tasking device such as a Kindle. But I worry that the iPad will be too big, too heavy, for a pleasurable reading experience. I read several books a week, usually lying on the couch with the book (a real one) propped on my tummy.

  6. Hi Linda

    Your home looks beautiful. a place you can really relax in.I love the feeling you get when every thing is in its place. I often ,like you just sit in the silence when everyone has gone to bed enjoying those quiet moments.With five kids it doesn’t stay tidy for long but its nice for it to look clean once in a while!

    My husband and I have Maine on our “must do” list it looks very tranquil and as you say full of wonderful light.

    1. I’m trying to make sense out of all those finds of mine from last week! *winks* In answer to your question Linda? I don’t always find a space for them all and then those items must move on to another home.
      Speaking of which….your home looks like a wonderful respite from the world. Enjoy your quiet “me” time. Vanna

    2. When you decide it’s time for Maine, do let me know.

  7. Very cool, to hang out in the restful quiet winter of your summer house. I can picture it coming alive during the heat of summer, full of life and love.

  8. Lovely place to just be. We visited our son this weekend and drove home today, via a stop at Macy’s. and now, we are sitting here “just being”!! Thanks for the lovely post.

  9. You have a lovely lovely lovely home!
    Looks like a pretty lamp in your hubby’s table 🙂

  10. Thank you all for sharing my time alone. I enjoyed your company.

  11. Do you take requests? I have a room (or 5) I’d love for you to tidy up. I need a fresh start.
    My Sunday looked much like your Robert Frost photos.

  12. I envy your studio. Looks like such a clean, uncluttered peaceful place to work! Also love your sofa and chairs. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

  13. Wow, your home is gorgeous and looks soooo comfy and inviting Ÿ

    1. Thank you. Comfy is what we want for all who are in and out

  14. Your home is lovely and I know the feeling of self satisfaction after everything is clean and in it’s place!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

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