A-Z challenge, Kotahi Bay, writing

H is for Home

dorothyHome is where the heart is. Home is where you hang your hat. Home is where one starts from. There are a lot of quotes and sayings about home – there are a lot of thoughts and feelings about the matter as well.

Kotahi Bay is home to a lot of different people, some who were born into the Bay – Melody for instance runs away to the city, but finds herself running back to the Bay, when things go to hell. Noah on the other hand is not a native to Kotahi Bay, but he finds himself there and eager to do what he can to help protect it.

Which is one of the overarching themes of the series. What makes a place feel like home, and what barriers are in place that prevent other people from making that same connection? What changes a place from being just a town to having that ineffable quality of feeling like ‘home’?

How important is your home to you? What would you do to protect it?

You’ll have to read the books in order to find out 😉

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Making a house a home

I think this is the stage I am at with our place, it’s definitely a house, but even though we purchased it we’ve done nothing to make it a home.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the place and I’m looking forward to spending many years here, but I still have some boxes packed, a couple of wardrobes full of junk and other things lying around. We have only a few paintings/photos on the walls and more because there were nails handy than for any other reason.

Yesterday I finally got around to unwrapping a bunch of things – candle holders, ornaments, some fairies and dragons, that kind of thing. My desk feels better, for lack of a more fitting word. Kind of like I live here now, which got me thinking that it was high time I had some photos printed and actually put hooks on walls and made this place ours.

There are so many little things you can do to make a home, I’m starting with the cheaper stuff like photos, because I’m not quite ready to crack into painting, as much as I would love to. It’s a quick fix, and doesn’t require me sorting out colour schemes… as much as I want to.

I know that by the end of the year, a lot of work will have happened (magically, cause you know, when do I have the time?). A new kitchen, paint on walls, it’ll be feeling a lot more homely, a lot more ‘ours’, and that’s a nice feeling. Bit by bit, we’re putting our stamp on it, but it’ll be nice to see some big changes, I think then I’ll really feel like we’re making progress.

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Home again

We ended up in hospital, Lauren had a little jaundice and needed to be in a light box for 24hours. It was fairly unpleasant for a number of reasons though I think she did amazingly, I’m one proud mummy. I’m one happy mummy to be home again too.

There were so many things that went through my brain over the 24 hours I was in hospital with her. Aside from missing hubby and Little Miss (plus our animals and just home in general), and realizing I’d be a real wreck of an individual if there was something wrong that meant being in hospital for any longer. This is where I want to be, really, and I hate being away from it for reasons beyond my control. I’m really glad that the jaundice levels have dropped away quickly, and while I was given the opportunity to stay in another night ‘just to be sure’ I needed to come home. She’s doing everything perfectly, and we need to be here as a family, not split up like that.

Anyways… I refuse to get overly emotional (it’s been happening a bit the last day!), and I’m looking forward to getting back into normal life and finding out what new routine will emerge over the next couple of weeks with the kids. I’m hopeful that in no time at all I’ll have some spaces in my day for a little writing – I think I’d like to get Ayden finished off by the time December hits town. There is probably around 10K to go on it, and while I won’t be pounding out 1.5k in a day any time soon it will be nice to pick it up again and keep it moving forward.

Anyways, time to go and find something for dinner, sit on the couch with hubby and cuddle up while the girls sleep. Ah it IS good to be home.