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

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Miraculous First Evening Sunset In The Country

I drove back to the city late yesterday. Some of my children visited me on Sunday and my daughter Beth expressed it perfectly "mama you do not want to go back to the city - do you"? My answer "no I do not". So I am in the city for the day and night. I need to go over this sparsely furnished home, tend this city garden and watch my 7 year old granddaughter for the day. I will head back to the country this late afternoon.

I keep trying to come up with words to describe my first nights in the country. I am having difficulty finding them. How do you express such Thankfulness that the Lord has allowed me to have this blessing. What are the words for a peace so deep that all I can say is "I am so very thankfull".

As I looked out my windows, sat on the porch, walked surrounding area and viewed the countryside, the awesome sunsets, witnessed the deer, wild turkey, raccoon on my driveway, aware of the many types of birds going from tree to tree and the owl I spotted - all I can say is I have the deepest sense of peace that I think I have ever experienced in my 3 score and 10 years. The total quiet except for nature sounds is such a contrast with the sounds I have heard for over two years in this city cottage.

I Am Home!!!!. I wandered for a few years and now have returned. Maybe I needed to leave to really appreciate my last years surrounded by nature. So many things I do not know. A number of things to complete on this journey until I can stop making weekly trips from city to country. At least they will be limited.

How can I express such deep heartfelt feelings. I cannot.

S0 - dear online friends - just know that I am HAPPY and at PEACE. The Peace is so deep that I am at a loss for words to describe how I feel.

There is still a lot of detail work going on. My driveway needs to be graveled and on and on.

But my country cottage is 98% finished.

I also will share that I truly like the emptiness of both cottages. My mind is busy thinking of what else I can get rid of.

The Saturday move took the whole day. My son kept commenting "take everything you can" his thoughts this home looked roomier with less in it. I have to say now that I have returned that I totally agree with him. I did not think it would take as long as it did. The final move will not take as long. Every trip I make to the city I will return with some items for the country. Maybe this will be good for me the way it is unfolding.

I continue to plan my garden in the country and do not want as much to take care of as I have in the past.

But I also know that is not my personality.

I have thoroughly enjoyed no landline phone, computer and television. They have not been missed.

Will post some pictures soon. I am surprised I can even write this entry as my mind is still not functioning normal. I question - what is normal?. Maybe this is normal and I have not been normal for 2 years. lol I need to rest. Probably more then ever in my lifetime. I am physically tired.

Thanks to everyone that remembered me and has been cheering me on.

Now city home tell that buyer to come soon.

Blessings to all of you who have taken an interest in this One Woman's project.

Memories being made by One Woman


MsGraysea said...

My eyes are filled with tears of joy for you and the peace you have found. You followed your keen instincts and built your haven, and it is just wonderful that it feels so right. The photo is a "great catch" and I love hearing about all the wild life!
Simplicity and sparely filled space is a balm for me, too.
You made my day!

Cloudhands said...

I am so happy for you. The sunset greeting on your first night at home must have felt so welcoming. It sounds like a you also got a nice welcome from the animals who will be your neighbors. I rmembered to raise a glass of apple wine Sat. evening in your honor. May the Good Lord Bless you and your new home.

Gail said...

I am filled with gladness for you Ernestine! Your country place sounds delightful and you sound content. gail

Tabor said...

This is wonderful that you truly feel at home. It took me sometime to feel what you felt. While I loved this place I still felt as if I was a visitor for a year!

lilalia said...

How blessed your life is. What a wonderful and inspiring post this is. It has been a long journey though, hasn't it? Well, maybe not in months, but in soulful journey. I wish you many heavenly sunsets and sunrises.

Sarah Lulu said...

God bless your new home. So happy for you.

Balisha said...

Thanks for posting about your first night. The sunset is beautiful. Your mind will be full of new things to journal about. I will look forward to your news.

carole said...

I have been following your journey from the U.K. and am delighted to read that you found such peace. Thank you so much for sharing the journey. You certainly deserve this richness, though, as we all know it does not always follow.
Your family must be very proud of your great spirit.

Janice Lynne Lundy said...

I am celebrating you and your new home, but also this profound sense of peace that you have found. Hallelujah! You have been blessed, truly, and you will continue to be a blessing to many because you will be living your peace and it will wash over everyone who comes your way. Blessings to you!

Mim said...

This is so exciting to read and I am so happy for you.
Once your city homeis sold you will finally be able to relax and read and sleep!
And thanks for sharing.It's been so enjoyable to read about your new country life unfolding.

Beverly said...

I knew you would be moved by the time I returned. I am so happy that it is all you ever wanted, and so glad you feel like you are home again. I feel renewed after a vacation to the beach. I am glad I can keep up with you again.

kenju said...

I am so glad to know that you are happy with your decisions. I hope your old house sells soon.

Sky said...

sending wishes into the universe that the city cottage sells quickly. i am so very happy to hear how content you are and how you truly feel at "home" in your country retreat. that peace and tranquility you describe could add years to your life! joy and serentiy are life sustaining. happy happy "home warming," ernstine!

Darlene said...

Happy new home; and it sounds like that is exactly what it will be. Congratulations on a job well done.

I am glad that you have found peace and hope it continues. With beautiful sunsets like you had on your first night you should have happy endings to each day.

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

Marcia, Cloudhands, Gail, Tabor, Sarah, Lililia,Balisha, Carole, Jan, Mim, Beverly, Kenju and dear Sky and Darlene - Thank you for your comments. You truly touch my heart. I am back in the city for 2 nights.