February 23, 2017

Places I Love to Visit...and I Want to Live There - February 23, 2017

Today's post is inspired by Mama Kat. The prompt I chose: 
Show us a place you love to visit.

I used to be able to say that I was a vagabond, eager to take roads to see where they go, moving cross country, and to different states every year or two.

But now? Not so much. Maybe it's my age, or just maybe, I have found my place, and don't need to wander anymore.

I try not to love inanimate objects, really I do. If they can't love me back, then I can only muster a lukewarm appreciation for the item.

But my home is a different thing. It feels weird, typing the word "home". I never thought I'd find a place to live where I felt AT home - but since July, I have been very much at home here.

Our home is nothing fancy - it's not grand or ostentatious. It's not even particularly roomy...but I like it.

Even though we've been here seven months now, I still find myself walking into a room and thinking, I get to live here. I visit each room, and smile, knowing that it's ours, and I freaking get to live here.

They say that home is where the heart is. My heart has always been in the middle of my chest, all along, but this is the first place I've felt a kinship to.

It's wonderful.

It's wonderful how my not-so-fancy home is where I want to be most. I enjoy having our monthly family dinners and getting to play with the grandchildren, and watch how the family interacts as we sit after dinner.

I write in my office and glance over at the shelves filled with toys for the grandkids to play with. They come in and trash the place, and despite the chaos that may ensue, I am happy.

I clean far more often than I ever had. I finally, after six decades, have developed some weird sense of pride of ownership. And the monthly family dinners means that I'm guaranteed to clean the house regularly (though I would appreciate some additional help from the male members of the household regarding cleaning up after themselves).

Home sweet home
If you're ever in my neighborhood, don't hesitate to stop in. I now love company, too!

Who am I? What have they done with Kim?

Before you come over for a visit, be sure to check out all the responses to Mama Kat's writing prompts!


  1. I love this! Maybe there's hope for me to have enough pride of ownership that I'll learn to clean late in life. And I love that it's not about size or grandeur - it's about "heart fit." Enjoy those grandbabies and family dinners!

  2. Kim--Since I've been to your home once, I can attest: it's very homey and comfortable and welcoming, and I LOVE your penny floor.

    (I'm glad you finally found a place you can honestly call "home.")

  3. It is a satisfying feeling to know you have "arrived" HOME. I still walk from room to room and think to myself, "it's small, cozy and all ours." Your home has so many cute nooks. Love your penny room.

    1. We need another writers' get-together at my house!

  4. The wood burning stove makes a home cozy :)

    I'm glad you have found a place that you enjoy staying.

  5. I am with you. Home is and should be the very best place on earth. No need for fancy---just safe and filled with things and people you love.

  6. I love your home! I can see how you enjoy just wandering around feeling "this is mine and I love it!" I also love that you have frequent family dinners! Thanks for stopping by today and for your kind words. I miss St. Louis almost as much as I miss the beach!

  7. I know what you mean. We downsized and are renting a little place that is much smaller and humbler than our other house, but I love it. It's cozy and warm and best of all - easy to clean! I love your little office space!

  8. I adore your home.
    And I love this line: "My heart has always been in the middle of my chest, all along, but this is the first place I've felt a kinship to."
    This is what matters. We don't need fancy things. It's where you feel at peace, love, centered, good, insert all the fuzzy words...I'm glad you've found that.

  9. There's just something about having a nest. I love it too. :)


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