Friday, December 28, 2007


Much thinking has gone on these past few months as I have tried to turn my apartment in a home! And, has taken me a while! (Since May 5th when I moved in) And, no...I'm not quite finished.

See my home has to be multipurpose...It must serve the following needs:

1) A place to live and feel safe and secure. My apartment does that - it is big enough that I don't feel crowded yet not so big that I feel overwhelmed. It is in a very safe and secure a matter of fact it is in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Claremont...and my building is nice.

2) A place where I can be creative. Yes! It meets those requirements too. I have a nice area set up as my sewing center. It is in front of a huge window and I get plenty of natural light for daytime piecing and quilting. My knitting corner is right next to it. I have a wonderful recliner in which I can sit and watch tv and knit. I also share the recliner with a certain feline...namely Killian.

3) My kitchen is also a place where I can be creative and try not only new foods but new recipes. That is something that is important to me since food is one of my loves...and I am fortunate that at 61 years of age I still weigh around 130 pounds and rarely watch what I eat. New recipes are tried at least once a week...after all there has to be a reason to have all the cookbooks that are in my kitchen...and the reason is to use them.

4) My home must be my vacation retreat. Don't think I could ever be one of those people who has a vacation home - not that it has not crossed my mind. But the idea of having two places to be and have "stuff" just boggles my mind.

My vacation needs are simple...a place to relax. A place to read. A place to dream. A place to treat myself to long luxurious bathes and relaxing skin treatments. A place to get out and see new and exciting things. A place to learn about the world around me.

My home meets the needs to relax, read, dream.

My bath room can be turned into a spa anytime I wish and I have enough items to create a spa feeling.

My home is situated in an area that is close enough for me to visit four other states (Vermont (the closest), Massachussetts (less than 2 hours), Maine, and New York (both about 2 hours away) ). Therefore, I can see new places and learn about the world around me. This also meets the needs of getting out in the outdoors with so many places to hike, walk around, investigate, and even stay at for a day or two. Plus there are spas in the area when I can go and get a massage if I feel so inclined.

And, if getting in the car and driving for a little while doesn't meet that need there is the free library (don't you just love the way New England has free libraries as opposed to public libraries???) where all manner of books and videos can be found. Plus, don't forget Public Television which has great programs on it (more on that at a later date)...

Now there is only the fact that I have about ten boxes that need to be unpacked; an altar to set up; a closet to arrange; and then it will be done! So here we go!

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At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Dave Daniels said...

You and I are on the same path right now. Having been in our new apartment since early July, we are just NOW starting to get things the way we want. And your #2 is a newly-acquired goal for me: This past weekend, I moved my sewing area from the dark inner hallway into the bedroom, in front of the window. Natural light and a window to day dream from is essential for my creativity.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Nikki-ann said...

Sounds like a great place to live! :) We moved into this place exactly 8 years ago and we've still got 1 room full of boxes!

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Nikki-ann said...

Me again! Sorry, I forgot to say Michele sent me :)

All the best for 2008!

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

It's very important that your house is indeed a "Home". A place that suits your life, your style, your and is comfortable to live, create, and rest in. Sounds like you are on the right track to making a great Nest! Thank you for visiting...

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like your apartment is quickly becoming your wonderful home; I'm happy for you.

Killian looks very much at home (and incredibly handsome)
in those photos!

At 6:46 PM, Blogger craziequeen said...

Nice pictures of Killian looking right at home :-)

Michele sent me to see how the 'new' apartment is coming along...

Charlie says to check out the photo of him studying his furry tummy on my blog :-)

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Dr. Nemonok said...

Ah cats, there are few animals in the universe more evil than they.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger jennhx said...

Sara, what a great post!! It sounds like you've made a wonderful nest.

Your post is making me consider what I want from my home -- especially because we have to move soon due to some icky mold/humidity probs in our current apartment. I hate the apartment search process, and the packing, and the unpacking... But your cozy ideas are great inspiration as I start seeking my own new nest!

Hi Killian! You are a real cutie. I love cats with those long noses. :)

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Shephard said...

It sounds like the perfect nest. I pretty much value those very same things, so I can relate. :) And Killian is adorable. Love seeing photos of him.

As you might imagine, I'd love to be 2 hours from NY.

Here from Michele's tonight. :)

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

Any place with a sleeping cat that good-looking would be a home! What a regal lion-like nose! The kind the Egyptians worshipped!

It's one of my dreams to move to Salem Mass some day, and part of the joy would be exploring the neighboring areas like NH, VT, ME. Sigh, someday!


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