One of the many magazines I receive every month is a subscription to Real Simple. I really can’t keep up with the magazines and catalogs that come in the post – I rarely read them cover to cover. But now and then I’ll glance at them before they end up in the recycling bin. This month, one article stuck out. The question presented by Real Simple was “What Does Home Mean to You?” You can catch the online full article right here.
From the Real Simple article, a few of my favorite responses were these:
“The sensation of peace on a cozy, rainy Sunday; the feeling of relief when you pull into the driveway after a long trip; a quiet kiss on the head of a baby asleep in my lap; and the warmth of my husband’s arms. Home has been many places for me over the years, but its comforts are defined by simple, blissful moments like these.” Sarah Bernard, Somersworth, New Hampshire
“Home is where my younger brother can’t understand why a boy would stop liking me.” Emma Button, Stillwater, Minnesota
“Home is where the rags of your life are turned into quilts, lemons become lemonade, and a few extra pounds are simply welcomed as ‘more of you to love’.” Sherry Bubnowski, Four States, West Virginia
“A place where I can wear purple yoga pants, a holey yellow T-shirt, and flip-flops without feeling as if I’m about to be ambushed by the hosts of some TV makeover show.” Tara Pierson Hoey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“What does home mean to me? A pantry, fully stocked with jars of pickles, jams, and fruits, all preserved by friends, family members, and me. Home is going into that pantry, leaning against its shelves, which are probably a little dusty, popping open a Mason jar of homemade apple butter, and eating it right there, out of the jar with a long iced-tea spoon.” Victoria Fedden, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
“A place where I can be 100 percent me. If I want to make fried bologna with a side of couscous or have a cackling laugh attack watching I Love Lucy, I can, because I’m home.” Jessica Hanson, Marseilles, Illinois
“Bathing suits dangling from the deck rail, a healthy pour of crisp white wine in my glass, and the scent of the grill on my husband’s shirt.” Amy Moriarta, Oak Park, Illinois
“The delicious scent of dinner in the oven, the wonderful sight of my girls playing together, and the annoying sound of Barney singing in the background.” Kristin Ricci, Haddon Heights, New Jersey
On a related topic, the Queen of nesting over at Nesting Place wrote up an article last week in this post about Defining Your Space. I highly recommend this read in her series on ‘31 Days to a Better Nest’.
In my town, the seasons are changing rapidly. A big storm has moved in to Northern California, and I truly love a really good first rain. I’ve taken the opportunity to pull the winter clothes out of storage, and to add cozy throw blankets to every sofa and bed. The dining room slipcovers have gone from cream to mocha velvet. The white vanilla candles have been replaced with scented ones, filling the rooms with apple pie and pumpkin spice aromas.
So I’m interested to know. What does ‘Home’ mean to you? What steps to you take to transition your home from warm seasons to cooler ones?