Sunday, April 11, 2010

Perfectly At Home

Everyone was home yesterday. Not necessarily in the home.
Betty, get out of there.

Thank you.
Everyone was home yesterday, and for most of the day we were working and playing outside. And I think it was the combination of work and play that made the day feel pretty nearly perfect.

From the rose bed...

... where blooms are waking,

... to the orchard where the trees are taking root and giving fruit,

... I am beginning to see signs that we are settling in to our home. I see familiar touches, and I feel the comforting sense of belonging. We are claiming walls, filling drawers, spreading out, playing, making our marks. It feels so very good.

The traffic is our own, and so are the lines on the ground. Bike races, hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, plucking blossoms, running barefoot, chatting over the neighbor's fence, spotting birds, putting tools away... it's like untying knots, unraveling tension that has been building up, and letting it go. Little by little, finally letting it go.

So the day was full. Full of productive work, full of games and laughter, full of deep thoughts and other musings, and full of delightful nothingness.

Everyone did their own thing. Coming and going.

They can be elusive... the words that describe my happiness for feeling perfectly at home. The feelings are wonderful.


Theresa said...

A wonderful feeling.

tara said...

Me-ow. Fabulous cat roar!

mtnchild said...

Yeah, ain't home great??? LOL

nikkipolani said...

I can feel your shoulders unbunching. You're home.

Julie said...

What a lovely post, both the photos and the story. Glad you're finding yourselves settling in and happy in it.

Tiglizzyclone said...

Wow! Would you look at that mouth on that kitty! And lovely pictures!

Tracy said...

I can here a contented sigh behind these words and images, Natalie--so glad for you! It takes a while for a house to become a home--home in the physical sense and also home in the heart. Everyone's looking pretty happy there... And LOVE that photo of Betty at the top... LOL! Happy Days to you all :o) ((HUGS))

pussman said...

I really love your chicken!
We had lots off chickens over the years and I find these kind of smaller brown ones like yours smarther than other!
Is that just an idea, or am I right?
We have moved now and are thinking of keeping one chicken but not in a cage, but free in the garden with a hen house to sleep!
Do you think that is possible?
Or do they need a cage?
The garden is fenced all the way round!
Take care


calamitykim said...

I am so happy for you and the family- to have a wonderful home all your own. No more Garagemahal or nosey landlord.
Now your Blog is full of beautiful roses and chickens, rabbits and cats!
I wish some day we could sit and have a cup of tea and share a quiet afternoon smiling in the sunshine.
wishing you all dreams coming true!