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

Friday, December 10, 2010

She Can Breathe

This post was written about a year ago - So much accomplished this past year.

She had forgotten that the final move into this cottage was one year ago.

Spring arrived and gardens were planted.

An exciting and very busy year.

She will have to say that it has been her happiest year in these last years.

So, One Woman - slow down, rest this winter and enjoy your dream.

Dream of what will emerge in the garden next Spring.

Woodhaven - December 2009

She was up at 5:00 in the early morning and picked up her helper at 7:00. Traffic was really bad at that particular time. They arrived at 8:00 in the city and immediately started packing dishes and all that could go in boxes, bags and in her car - as fast as they could.

Movers arrived at 9:00. Oh my- what a long day. She had the thought that this move would only take a few hours. Well she was wrong. She is not usually wrong!!! There were a number of really big pieces of furniture. They had been moved from home to home over the years and hopefully they will stay put until her children decide what to do with them.

Everything on truck and the moving men and she were headed down the road. When she finally came to the country road, she looked at her helper and said "I can finally breathe".

When the truck was being unloaded - she asked the driver "what do you think of my country home" - and his reply was "here you can breathe".

All went well and the movers did not leave the country until 5:00 pm.

So, One Woman is happy, peaceful and very very tired. Her bed felt like Heaven last night.

She was up at 4:00 this morning just to check on Callie. Her helper has an item on screen porch she is picking up today and she wanted to make sure Miss Callie was not "chewing on it".

All was fine and so she began to look in boxes, bags, garage and started hanging a few pictures.

She is not very disciplined with herself.

I will close as I am weary - but - at last this home is me. Sleeping on a mattress, eating at a card table, nothing on the walls or mirrors in the bathroom is not me. - 5 months was enough of that.

So, now I truly feel I am home . All the old, scarred furnishings that were bought years ago for another lifetime, the items that were my mother's and grandmother are lovingly in their new home in the country.

I can dwell in this home as if it were a heart.
When I feel that pulse I know that all that comes to me will also go. Living in this stream I understand You are my life blood. Let me feel You course through me, through this door, throughout my life.

Words in part from "Being Home" by Gunilla Norris

A book that was received today as a gift from a special friend


lilalia said...

How relieved you must be that it is all over now! The photos show such wonders of comfort and beauty. May all be well.

Sarah Lulu said...

May God bless your beautiful new home.

Cloudhands said...

Being all grown up, you knew you could do what needed to be done for as long as you needed to do it, but obviously you were also unconsciously holding your breath until the time was right for breathing. I'm so glad to hear you are breathing fully again and that you received confirmation from the mover that it was time to breathe again. What a wonderful review of your day. Your pictures show me comfort and serenity. How perfect for you.

Tabor said...

Welcome home once again my dear friend. You can see all the love you have created in your surroundings. Congratulations on a successful new challenge met!

Sky said...

ernestine, i need to fly you out here to help me hang art. we have lived here in this house 5+ years, and i still have bare walls here and there. just can't seem to finish the task. i have threatened to hire someone else to do it (which might be the best way to insure it gets done before i die)!

look at your last published post and see if you meant to leave the sentences scattered about at the end - with long, open, blank spaces between them. i couldn't decide if more photos were supposed to be there or if these were a draft of your original post or sentences you added intentionally.

so happy you are settled in with your familiar furnishings. everything looks quite cozy.

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

Lilalia, Sarah, thank you for your kind comments.
Cloudhands, you are right in describing me. Tabor, once again thank you.
Dear Sky, I should not even be posting!! so weary have messed up several things. I just wanted to share what was going on. I would gladly help you if I lived near.
I just cannot put anything off and have to be settled quickly each time I move. Truly a fault for as I age it is tiring. Each of you have a great day. I am staying home and it is cold cold cold.

Balisha said...

Your new home looks so inviting and comfortable. Best wishes to you during your first Christmas in your new home.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ernestine, So glad you finally have all your stuff there with you in your new home. You will truly be able to breathe now! I love the bed and cabinet. You have some beautiful pieces to surround you.
We had our first snow here today and it is very cold. Think I will stay in and bake cookies for the holidays.

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

Balisha and Judy, thanks for dropping in. No snow here yet.
Take care and have a good day.

Darlene said...

I am just catching up on the blogs I missed while my computer and I were both down. I'm glad the moving went well and your home is not complete. It looks like a lovely place to land as the final home. I hope this is the case. No more moves!!!

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

Darlene, I am so happy your computer problems are solved. Yes, no more moves!!! The energy level is low.

Nan said...

What a perfect, perfect room. I love the chairs and the books and the fireplace and the rug. May you spend wonderful hours there.

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

Nan, thanks for the welcome comment.

Laura said...

how wonderful to feel so comfortable and to rest in your home....many blessings to you dear one on this anniversary of a dream realized.

Judy said...


mermaid said...

"Here you can breathe."

Oh, Ernestine. You have been through so much. It is time for every muscle, every living cell within you to breathe the life that is yours to enjoy.

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

Laurax, Judy and Mermaid - thank you for recent comment.
Mermaid - yes, after I read my post I realize "why" every muscle aches :) Slower pace this winter is my goal.

Beverly said...

That is part of life no one wants to repeat...moving...even if the move is wanted. I am glad you can relax and enjoy the home.....