Mrs. G. planned an Open House over at Derfwad Manor, and she asked the following:
“Reader, where is the heart of your home? What room in your house makes you breathe easier-makes you feel genuinely content?”
Mrs. G., that hostess with the mostest, has folks all over the Blogosphere opening their front doors so we can peek inside each other’s homes. There are links to these open doors! Go see! Go see them all! But first . . .
Welcome to our home. We spend most of our hang time in the family room, which adjoins the kitchen and from which we have easy access to the place that we spend many happy hours with family and friends, our pool. And near the family room/kitchen, in what is supposed to be the formal dining room, is our pool table.
I have helpfully provided photos and a number key to guide you during your visit. 😉
1. This painting (sorry about the gaze-obstructing glare) is by Kristen, the oldest daughter, which she did in high school. It is my very favorite painting on Earth. I have other very favorite paintings on Earth by Kristen, hanging in other rooms.
2. These shelves are not usually so clear and tidy. They typically hold tons o’ family photos in frames. The photos were packed away in favor of “staging” a more open and less personal appearance when we thought about moving recently. We decided against moving, and the photos are going back on the shelf . . . when I get around to it. In fact, lest anyone be deceived by the absence of piles of crap in each of these photos, it is merely a result of said staging. I used these photos (taken a month or so ago during said staging) rather than taking new ones today, so as to avoid photographing the piles of crap strewn about the place (And by crap I don’t mean “crap” in the literal sense. We don’t have pets, except for the fish, and all of us are potty-trained at this point. I mean piles of shoes, sweatshirts, dolls, papers, jump ropes, school papers, DVDs, DVD cases, WiiMotes, art projects, markers, games, junk mail, actual mail, etc.)
3. This television set was left behind (yes, really) by the previous owners. It looks much more impressive than it is. The screen is a nice size, but you have to sit smack dab in front of it for the picture to look any good. How we suffer. I keep hoping that a WiiMote will fly into the screen and provide us with a proper excuse to get one of those big honkin’ plasma deals.
4. This is the rocking chair that I got when Kristen was born, over 23 years ago. I am saving it to give to her when she has her first baby. I’m saving it right here, in our family room.
5. This is where Tom and Laura play chess. Tom has played in tournaments and has a rating and stuff. In Kindergarten, Laura was the youngest and only girl in her after-school chess club. Tom and Laura are like that.
6. Um, so, you can’t really see the couch, more like just an armrest, but it has the best view of the television, second only to the love seat, of which only another armrest can be seen next to Laura’s recliner (number eight). The couch is my favorite spot to watch Everybody Loves Raymond reruns.
7. Tom’s recliner.
8. Laura’s recliner.
9. The Ya-Ya Sisterhood held a smudging ceremony when we first moved into this house. These are the feathers that we used in our ceremony.
10.-12. These are kitchen appliances of some sort or other. I’m not sure what they actually do, but they were here when we moved in.
13. While the family room may be the heart of our home, our place of refuge and comfort, the pool is our place for frolic.
14. Why have a dining room table in your dining room to use once each year on Christmas, when you can have a pool table to use all year long?
Thank you for stopping by!