The Lighthouse

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12 June 2012

Fluffing the nest

If you had all the time and resources necessary, would you indulge in tweaking your home? Fluffing your nest?

I would!  Nothing extravagant you understand. Not over the top, no outlandishly expensive gold-flocked commodes.  My aim is comfort and convenience wrapped up in pretty.

Now, pretty is in the eye of the beholder. I, for example, prefer simple and sparkle, while a friend of mine likes country chic with a lot of home made crafty touches. My mom reads glossy European design mags (which I inhale whenever I visit) while someone else may glean inspiration from the IKEA catalogue (much of my home is sponsored by the good folks with the blue and yellow flag).

I am in the process of fluffing my nest which at this point means taking my belongings out of boxes after four years and figuring out where they belong.  It feels like Christmas, pulling away the newspaper wrapped carefully around some precious object, exclaiming, "Oh! I forgot about this... how pretty it is!", or, "Oh.  What is this?"

Oddly enough, I have not unpacked any towels or pots and pans. I'm not sure now if I ever had any, or what I've done with them since first packing up. I do, however, have plenty of candles and candle holders, and an entire cupboard full of tea cups and tea pots. Not hard to tell what my priorities are!

Several times a week I venture out to a new dollar store or hardware store to look for some essential thing - like a can opener (I've had dreams in which I hear myself saying, "But I don't have a can opener" in great despair.) and inevitably come home with... another candle.


  1. At least you have the most basic necessities, says a woman whose glass potato chip container in the kitchen holds nothing but a good supply of... candles.

  2. I love it! A much better use for a glass potato chip container, anyway.

    Candlelight is so much friendlier, don't you think? Not so good for reading, but we look better holding the book by candlelight.