Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Come On In!

Hello again!  Welcome to my home!
Would you care to come in for a cuppa?  Let me show you around, we can start in the kitchen so we can fix our drinks.

My kitchen is open and airy, with windows looking out over the greens of the jungle, letting the sunlight stream in and alight on marble countertops which appear to have a life of their own in the glistening swirls and lines of the surface.  Everything is clean and shining; the stainless steel surfaces of the sink look polished, the appliances are all lined up, spotless and gleaming, along one counter.  The room is filled with calming whites and blues, warmed up by the golden rays of the sun, and the scent of freshly baked cookies is emanating from a rack of oatmeal raisin morsels in the center of the island.  Would you like one?  Everything has a place to belong, and that is where you will find it.  My favourite part of the room (aside from the warm, happy feeling I get when I walk in) is my magnificent spice rack.  I love herbs and spices, and I have collected an impressive variety, which now resides on a large section of wall like a piece of art.  Fresh parsley, cilantro and basil are growing in the window box above the sink.  We could sit here at the island in the middle of the kitchen looking out the window and talking for hours, but then you wouldn't be able to see the rest of the house!

Through the kitchen lies the small, but elegant dining room.  I think you enjoy your food more when you are eating in a beautiful place.  The dining room is darker than the kitchen; the room is centered around a rich hardwood  table, surrounded by plush, comfortable, high backed chairs, and the windows are dressed in dark, royal purple velvet.  A chandelier hanging over the table reflects rainbows around the room from the silver candlesticks along the center of the table.  There are enough places set with polished silverware, white plates, and crystal goblets for an intimate family dinner.

Moving through to the living room, we are greeted with comfortable sofas, large windows, and a large, stone fireplace.  This is a cozy place to snuggle up and relax.  Feel free to have a seat and put your feet up.  The walls are lined with bookshelves, showcasing my collections of books, nick nacks and shells.  There is a coffee table between the couches made of driftwood from the beach.  The high ceilings in this room make it feel grand, highlighting the magnificent stone chimney.  The floors are hardwood, covered with simple area rugs.  I could sit here all day.  In the corner is a wooden toy box, filled with my daughter's favourite things.  There is a toy monkey peeking out the top of the box, and a series of colourful blocks scattered on the floor in front.

This is the main living space.  In the back of the house are the bedrooms, all relaxing retreats with warm, simple furnishings, clean, tidy and peaceful.  All with windows opening out to the breezes and birdsong of the jungle.  Feel free to stay as long as you like.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dreaming of a Warm, Sunny Beach

Hello again!
I know it's been a while.  I got a kindle for Christmas and it turned into a portable rock for me to hide under for a while.  More on that later.  Right now I want to share with you a dream of mine.

What I would like, more than anything in the world, is a spot on a lovely, warm, tropical beach.  Surrounded by soft, white sand to dig my toes into, looking out over clear, blue water watching waves with white caps breaking over a reef in the middle distance.  I can see this beach clearly in my mind.  The sky is a beautiful, bright blue, with white puffy clouds.  The kinds of clouds that you can lie back and find shapes in; that look like bunny rabbits that morph into dragons as they travel across the sky.  The sun wraps its warm arms around me in a soothing, gentle embrace that lifts all the stresses and cares from my shoulders.  There are green coconut palms swaying in the breeze behind me, dancing to the rhythm of the ocean and the melody of the sea birds.  Somewhere behind those trees is my little house.  One day I'll invite you inside, but for today I'm sitting on the sand.  It is the most peaceful, calming beach on earth.

Maybe I'll go for a swim in the cool, calm water.  I can feel the buoyant salt water supporting me, gently lifting and lowering me with every swell.  The ocean is so cleansing.  I can feel it washing away the fogginess from my head, the aches from my body, refreshing and revitalizing me.  Each stroke of my arms and kick of my legs awakens my muscles and energizes my soul.  Later, we will eat fresh coconuts, mangoes and papaya from the trees.  We will build sandcastles and collect shells.  I will chase my daughter up the beach and listen to her delighted giggles.  My husband and I will watch the deepening crimsons and golds of the sunset as our baby girl falls asleep beside us.  And we will sleep, with the night breeze and the insects song, knowing that tomorrow we will enjoy another perfectly relaxing, beautiful day.