I can’t believe eight days have gone by since I last posted.  I have been pretty busy at work the last several weeks and believe it or not I do a lot of my blog thinking and composing during my lunch hour and have not had that time lately.  And the last week or so I have been spending the evenings at home getting ready for Thanksgiving.

Every since we got back from Germany we have had ‘events’ every weekend so the house is coming along slowly, as it should be I guess.  There’s a part of me that wants instant gratification and would like to plunk down a piece of plastic at the local furniture store and have them deliver me a truck load of stuff in three days or less and be done with it.  But the prevailing side of me knows that the satisfaction would not last.  We are better off making slow progress, developing our own style over time.  So I have been doing a lot of ‘reading’ (= looking at pretty pictures! and some real reading as well) instead of buying.

The paint swatches hang on the wall still.  I think I’ve decided on a color.  And after the holidays and our Utah trip, I see lots of painting in my future!

I am still reading and re-reading House Thinking and have been thinking a lot about this…

"When searching for ways to approach our experience of home, I often think of the theater.  After all, our houses and apartments are the stages on which much of the drama of daily life is enacted.  Beginning with the very important entry, the home’s spaces are a series of sets that influence how we’ll play our parts.  It only makes sense to ensure that our rooms cue the kinds of thoughts and feelings that help us to be happy and productive." -Winifred Gallagher in House Thinking

Is that putting too much emphasis on home and how it affects us?  I don’t think so.  Whether you own a five bedroom farmhouse or rent a studio apartment it is home.  We all have our own set of circumstances that in some ways dictate where we can live whether it be money, family, work, physical limitations, etc.  How do we exist within those circumstances and instead of thinking of them as limitations treating them as opportunities to be creative about how we turn our homes into places that help us to be happy and productive?  Because unfortunately not all of us can afford a custom architect-designed home that addresses each of our needs.  We need to find ways around and through some of things about our ‘spaces’ that we can’t change.

Is there something in your home that you can’t change for any reason and you have found a creative way to deal with it and make it work for you?  For me right now, it is our kitchen.  Time and money won’t allow us to make any major changes to it right way, so I have been editing, organizing and rearranging to try to make it a better functioning kitchen for us and they way we live.

I hope you’re all well!

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