It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, November 02, 2018

Chapter 11, Page 2, Book 18

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Oliver Wendel Homes, Jr.

Today I’m thankful for Home

Home is where one starts from.

T.S. Eliot

Even though I’ve only lived here in this house since the spring of 2017, I really do feel at home here where I live.  I’ve got everything I need to make me feel like this is home sweet home.  

It’s is a rare thing these days when people live in the same home for many years. I moved because it was time for me to downsize.  I no longer needed a large home as all my children are grown and have homes of their own.  All the space I once had was more than one person could ever need.  I’m also getting older and don’t have the energy I once had, so a smaller place is just right for me.

Ah! There is nothing like staying a home for real comfort.

Jane Austen

When I moved, I brought everything that was either needed or beautiful to me so I feel as if I’ve always lived here.  All my familiar things are here and I’m comfortable.  Lots of things were given away or trashed, but I kept what I wanted and somehow it all fits in .

I really couldn’t have made the change as easily as I did without lots of help from family and friends.  My daughter was absolutely ruthless when it came to getting rid of what I really didn’t need.

On my thankful list for today:

6484. for Halloween fun
6485. for a new recipe to try
6486. for flu shots when they get the dose right

So home is where I hang my hat, it’s not a place I’ve lived very long at all.  But it is definitely my home, sweet home.

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home;

John Howard Payne


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

There is no place like home...

jack69 said...

Ahhhh that last quote is one that echoes and echoes from my past, my mother made a home no matter how many times we moved. I was actually asked by a school principal once when entering a new school, "Does you daddy move every time the rent is due?"
BUT every house of ours was home. Sherry has done the same. Many people smile when we say we prefer our small 325 sqft home', But it is home and it roams with us. Now lady, I like this entry.
PS: WE NEED that 'ruthless' helper when we 'older' people down size. Bless your daughter's heart!

Mevely317 said...

Granted, I was an 'only' child … but I still think the 1,000 sq. ft. home in which I grew up was the perfect size. When you're surrounded by what you need, what you love, little else matters.

Oh my goodness, I wish I'd had a 'ruthless' helper when we moved from Arizona. Turns out we've made almost a dozen trips to Goodwill! Even tho' this place is larger than what we need, I hope to never, ever move again. There really is no place like home!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

My hubby and I have been in our current home for nearly 47 years, and I can't imagine living anywhere else. When we moved here, our realtor kept calling it a "starter home," as though we were expected to upgrade to something larger within a short time. In fact, she was so sure of that, she sent us Christmas presents for the first five years we lived here. For us, it made more sense to add on a modest addition to accommodate our growing family, and we've never regretted staying put.

betty said...

I think the move we made down here to Phoenix is our final move unless we need to go into assisted living, etc. There truly is no place like home indeed. No matter what the size is. Our house is about 1500 square feet. It is just the right amount of space to keep up and not feel overwhelmed by all the work that needs to be done.