Saturday, June 7, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful: 5 Senses of Childhood Home Edition

I've spent much of the past week in Oregon, visiting my parents and grandma and helping with some of the yard work.  The familiar sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feels let me know that even though I'm away from home, I'm home.  





1.  I'm thankful for the green I see all around me.


2.  I'm thankful for the sight of the cheerful, bright birds that are drawn to the many feeders my dad keeps.


3.  I'm thankful for the mellow sound of the bamboo windchime. 


4.  I'm thankful for the hum of the tractor.



 5.  I'm thankful for the inviting smell of the mostly-wooden interior of the house.


6.  I'm thankful for the sweet smell of the roses.



7.  I'm thankful for the taste of food made in Mom's kitchen.  Everything tastes better when it's made with love.



8.  I'm thankful for the taste of freshly-picked, home-grown, red, ripe raspberries.



9.  I'm thankful for the feeling of dirt on my fingers as I weed around the flowers. 


10.  I'm thankful for the touch of warm hugs. 



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Thanks for the feeling of home. 

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29 comments:

  1. Oh how I LOVE your photographs. And your childhood home has so many gorgeous opportunities for them. I'm glad you've been having such a beautiful time reconnecting with the senses of your childhood :)

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    1. Thank you. It really is a photogenic place. I had a great visit. Now to ease back into post-vacation life!

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  2. What a beautiful home and setting! Love the goldfinches! Such pretty birds!

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    1. I love their bright yellow color.

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  3. Oh, great photos - love all the greenery! And what a house - looks just wonderful inside!

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    1. One of these days I'll have to post before and after photos of the house. It wasn't completed inside until after I was married. No matter what it looks like, though, it has always felt like home!

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  4. beautiful photos and thanks... I love the house.... all the wood is marvelous! It looks like a great place to go and just be relaxed...

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    1. There is definitely a sense of calm and peace there.

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  5. Love all of your pictures but that last one is the best!

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    1. Youngest daughter was the photographer for that one!

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  6. Wow! What an abundance of blessings to be thankful for! Your photos are beautiful! The picture of the tractor took me on a nostalgic trip to my childhood....seeing a tractor in the sunshine reminds me of happy days spent on my aunt's farm. A lovely post, and lovely to come along and see all the loveliness! Tania x

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    1. Kids and farms just go together, don't they?

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  7. Kristi ...such pretty pictures yay for the raspberries and yes I agree it is a great feeling when someone who loves cooks you a meal or two...the birds are so adorable glad you had a wonderful week with your family .
    :)
    Marisa

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    1. I didn't think the raspberries would be ripe yet; I was pleasantly surprised when I realized some were ready to harvest! :-)

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  8. Gosh, you are one heck of a photographer, Kristi!

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    1. Thanks. As my dad always taught me, if you take enough shots, one is bound to turn out OK. (And a little touching up with photo-editing never hurts, either.)

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  9. that collection of photos is breathtaking. I think this post makes ME thankful too--that I had that misunderstanding, and thought you were a different Kristi, and then headed right to this post--what a reward! WOW!!! xox jean

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, even though I'm not the other Kristi! :-)

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  10. Going home is always so soothing, isn't it? I identify so strongly with this post.

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    1. Yes, there is something soothing about home.

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  11. Thank you for sharing this Kristi. What a beautiful pictorial of "home":)
    The raspberries look wonderful! One day, if it takes forever I will have a garden with not only blueberries and strawberries but raspberries!

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    1. Raspberries are my absolute favorite fruit!

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  12. I love all your beautiful nature pictures. And that house looks amazing!!

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    1. It's definitely one-of-a-kind. Someday I'll have to write a post dedicated to just the house.

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  13. Wonderful photos and lovely memories, Kristi! What part of Oregon are you from? My hubby was born and raised in Salem, I lived in Corvallis, and we raised our children (prior to AZ) in Tualatin (south of Tigard). Most of my hubby's remaining family are still in OR, and we are headed that way this summer for a family reunion. It's going to be great to get out of the heat for awhile! Glad you had such a great visit. Wonderful photo of you and your mom.

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    1. I'm a Willamette Valley girl, too. I'll e-mail you and we can compare notes. :-)

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  14. tractor!
    (alright, kinda predictable but true…lol )
    also interesting house (design) from what shows in the photos… I take it the climate is moderate year 'round?
    totally loves chimes (of all constructions)

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    1. The house is an earth-sheltered, passive-solar design--definitely unique. The climate in western Oregon is fairly moderate, though snow does fall.

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  15. I think I would love to visit there too! How amazing! These photos of the nature around you are so beautiful! I love flowers and even the picture with the tractor. What can I say? I wouldn't mind learning more about gardening and living off the land one day! :)

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!