Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Monday, January 12, 2009

Names For My Homes

In another life the first 3 small homes were not named. Never really entered her mind. Children were busy being named.
When moving South and business venture exploded, there were several homes that she named.
Maplebrook - a farm with an old home on it was purchased. Home torn down and a long modern ranch was built. A swimming pool was put in while she was awaiting the birth of her youngest daughter. There was a great article in the city paper about her family and home. In her husbands earlier years he had been part of a rodeo. This farm was a dream with several quarter horses and cattle in the fields. Home eventually sold and family moved to an upscale city neighborhood. This home was a stone English Tudor. A beauty that sat empty for 5 years. No one wanted to tackle the remodeling. When she found it she was on a high and dreamed about all the possibilities. It was named Gray Gables. She was pleased with an article in Southern Living magazine about this home.
Living in this upscale home, much the world had to offer and older children in private schools was the saddest time of her life. It began to surface in her mind that for 20 years she had been living a charade
She found out in years to come that her soul needed simplicity and nature. Something she forgot somewhere along the way. She finally found herself.
When she ventured out on her own she found her over 100 year old farm house and once again remodeled a home. The original name was Oak Field. She continued with this name and when she returns to the land surrounding that home she may name it Oak Field Cottage.
This home also has been featured in local papers.
So my grandchildren this is a little bit of grandma's journey with homes. Will skip a number of others that she transformed.
Now in her city cottage which she named Sylvan Place because of the community it is located in.
A thought that her creating days were over and she had landed to live out her days in the middle of the city - Ugh - Wonders never cease. So will see what the year 2009 brings to your grandma.
Sharing this early morning from One Woman on her Journey Through this Life


Darlene said...

We only named one house that we lived in. When my son was a baby we purchased a run down cottage on 40 wooded acres south of Colorado Springs near what is now the headquarters of NORAD. We named the property LinMar acres taking the first 3 letters of my step-daughter's name (Linda, now Lynne) and my son's name, Mark.)

Tabor said...

I was trying to think of a name for this house...never named a house. But it has to be just the right name, and I have had no luck so far.

Judy said...

I love the names of your previous homes. I was just amazed when I read your husband had been in the rodeo in earlier years since my girls father used to rodeo, too. In reading the post below this one, I had chips, salsa and beans last night for dinner. I love it and have it a lot.

Darlene said...

Please visit my blog. I have something for you.

Beverly said...

I know now that the country will reclaim you. You will go there...that is my thought for 2009...for you...

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Darlene, this just became a habit.
Tabor, I am confident you will think of a name that you like. Judy, nother thing in common and the list goes on and on. Darlene, thank you for the honor. You make me smile this cold morning.
Beverly, looks like it. Hope I can pace myself. At the moment I think I have a stomach virus.

kenju said...

I named our current home "Frog Hollow" since when we first came here, there were frogs galore. There are not many around these days.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Kenju, your home name puts a smile on my face this early morning.
Still thinking of one for my "maybe" country cottage. Have a great day.

Nan said...

Your grandchildren are so, so lucky.

Our place is named after an Anne of Green Gables book called Anne of Windy Poplars. It was always my favorite growing up, and because we have a lot of poplars on the land, it seemed like just ticket! I love naming - children, dogs, imaginary bands. :<)

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Nan, I love that name. I am still thinking. I know there are acres of woods surrounding my new "I hope" cottage. Some children still saying "I cannot believe you want to return to the country" all I know is it is home.

Gail said...

Hi Ernestine, I am sorry it's taken me so long to catch up on my blog reading...Your story is lovely and I think Oak Field Cottage is a perfect name for your new home! Btw, I am glad you found yourself again. gail