Despite the pain, or maybe, just maybe, because of it, I have found myself loving my home even more. It is my place of refuge, rest, and an escape from the demands of the outside world. Here I am safe.
My hubby works hard outside and around our home to make this all possible for me. He knows that there are times when I just can't do anything and need to rest. He encourages me to do so and takes over the areas where I usually am in control of.
I used to be a social butterfly and really enjoyed being around people. Now I can only do people in limited doses because it gets too overwhelming for me. It has to be a low pain day for me to be out and away from my home. If it is a high pain day, like today, just going down to the library and post office can take every bit of energy I can muster and I don't stop to chat with people, but come straight back home, take off my bra (on days like this it hurts to wear one) and collapse into my recliner.
My home is filled with comfy furniture, soft throws, and multiple beds where I can retreat to and take a nap if needed. Our swamp cooler keeps things cool during the Summer and the pellet stove keeps it nice and warm during the cold months. We have a walk in shower along with a deep soaking tub. Our hot tub, with the enclosure around it to give us privacy and allow us to use it in any kind of weather, is a place where Jeff and I can both relax and our grandkids enjoy playing in it too.
The back screened in porch is used 3 seasons of the year. We have meals out there, family parties, morning coffee and I blog and read there also. We also have an extensive video and book collection here so there is always something to watch or read.
Our gardens provide fresh produce, not only for us, but for our family and friends as well. We also try to preserve some of it for use during the non gardening months. The flowers blooming bring me great joy. I love seeing the hummingbirds flitting from one bloom to another gathering nectar. Wandering around my gardens is calming and healing in and of itself for me.
The most important things about my home though is that it is filled with love and is still a gathering place for our family and friends. It is a place where everyone is accepted, embraced and encouraged. My grandchildren and children, along with our friends all feel very much at home here and that is as it should be. It is a refuge for them as well as for Jeff and I. There is always good food to eat, cats to cuddle with and our big love bug of a dog Caesar who looks after all the grandbabies. The grandkids have their toy box, personal library, outdoor toys and bikes here. They even consider the back guest bedroom their room and did I mention that I even have toothbrushes here for them also?
With all the craziness and downright hateful attitudes going on in the world around us, I am blessed to have such a special place to retreat to. I can shut out the outside world if need be to get a break from it all. I do not need to let anyone into my world here either in person or even in cyberspace who will disrupt the peace that I need. Yes, there will always be things going on and yes, the outside world does creep in sometimes, but isn't it great to know you can shut it out most of the time?
I am blessed to have the home and supportive family and friends that I do. I am blessed that our home is a place of refuge for me, my husband and our family and friends. I am blessed to have the fur babies that we do and the great joy they bring into our lives. I am just blessed. :)