As I have said in previous blogs, my son Kevin’s old room has been transformed into a guest bedroom/my writing room. I LOVE it in here. It is so nice and quiet on this end of the house. There is a bathroom next to this room and I can shut and lock a door that separates me from the rest of the house. It is like I am in another world. Even if others are in the house, I can barely hear anything.
Now mind you, I CANNOT be in this room if Hayley is home, her Autism does not allow this. Oh she would probably love for me to be this far away from her. It would enable Hayley to spray water all over the kitchen, dump all the soap she could find, rub cream all over her body and in her hair, raid the food cabinets and refrigerator, get the picture?
When I say others, this really means Craig and his multiple friends. His friend Andrew has been living here for months which has been good for Craig. But, Craig has many more friends that may as well move in because they are here so much. Hence, the peace and quiet I crave.
Back to the room itself. We bought an antique dining room table that is called a “slide table”. On either end there is a leaf that sets directly under the main table. If you want the table to expand to 90 inches, the leaves slide out and push up to extend the table size. We put the table in front of double windows that looks out on a beautiful view. We live on a mountain so our house is high up. I can look down on my other neighbors properties and in the winter I can see the tennis center and bank all the way down on Route 31.
For years, various people said I should write a book because of all the unbelievable things our family has been through. We have experienced, good, bad, mediocre and not so great things over the years. I don’t know if I am capable of writing a book. Last year Hunter, Hayley and I went to Florida over Easter break to visit Katie and Bill. One night we all went out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants “The Surf”. While there, the topic of me writing a book came up. I told Katie and Bill I didn’t know if I could do this. They suggested I start writing stories of each event rather than an ongoing book. It was a good idea, yet I know how limited my time is and of course didn’t follow through. This past December while visiting Florida once again, Katie said she and Bill were going to blog and why don’t I consider it. I did and thought at least a blog isn’t formal, yet I can write short stories on it. I have been plugging along slowly but surely.
Since Kevin and Devon (my son and his girlfriend) knew of the possibility of me writing of a book of short stories, for Christmas they gave me a big box full of goodies. They copied and framed six various pictures of the family and wrapped them, gave me a beautiful leather journal to write my story thoughts in, an ink and quill writing set, and finally a small water feature to put on my desk to sooth my mind and let me think.
I brought up a chair, put nice yellow comfy pads on it and added a blue cashmere wrap in case I got chilly. There is a bed in the room for when I want to take a nap in the afternoon (NOT)! Pencils, pens, paper and not to forget……my computer. I have enjoyed writing, it is like a stress reliever. Whether the blogs are read or not, the writing is therapeutic for me. I just have to squeeze writing in when the kids are at school or occupied.
I type on my laptop, so this is on the desk as well. I do need a printer/scanner there as well, but this will come in time. The first day I sat down at my laptop in my special room, I knew I had to pick the “perfect” screen saver. I did, and as I sat there I thought “it doesn’t get better than this”!