Skip to main content

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. 



 photo visiting2_zps6d4521f3.jpg

 photo ThankfulThought4_zps7d9599c2.jpg
Thanks for the feeling of home. 

 photo signature3_zps16be6bca.jpg


Pin It


Ten Things 

of Thankful


 Your hosts

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 :)

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    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!

      Delete
  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...

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

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

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Youngest daughter was the photographer for that one!

      Delete
  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

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

      Delete
  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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    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.)

      Delete
  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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, there is something soothing about home.

      Delete
  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!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Raspberries are my absolute favorite fruit!

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

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

      Delete
  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.

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

      Delete
  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)

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

      Delete
  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! :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Dad's Influence Edition

Infant-me, sitting on the wood floor, looks up at my dad, who is sitting on a brown sofa and smiling down to me Here in the United States, it is Father's Day weekend. I did not realize until recently that Father's Day was not officially made a holiday until 1972. 1972! Now, while I realize that many people consider 1972 eons ago, I do not. I'm glad that fathers have a day of recognition now, because they surely deserve acknowledgement.  I thought for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post, I would list ten lessons I'm thankful my dad taught me. My dad is a teacher. Not only did he impart his knowledge to countless junior high aged kids throughout his career, he taught--and still teaches--my siblings and me. He is not a preachy teacher; he's a humble man whose lessons I feel like I learned through osmosis. When he would get home from work, we'd all sit down as a family for supper. Often, our phone would ring, and on the other end of the line would be a paren

Ten Things of Thankful: Summer Strawberries and Procrastinated Projects

A brilliantly-colored dark pink and purple fuchsia blossom You would think that by the time a person reaches my age, she would not be surprised by the passing of time, yet I find myself nearly constantly amazed that a certain amount of time has passed--whether that be a week, month, year, or couple of decades. Earlier this year, I planted a garden. Yesterday I harvested my first strawberry. Earlier this year, I also planted fuchsia starts, and now the flowers are blooming. How is that possible? (And why am I surprised?) Sometime around the turn of the century (and it still seems strange to use that phrase about the year 2000), we bought a circa 1935 dresser. It needed some TLC, but had a cool curvy front. This past week, I finally got around to applying some Restor-A-Finish and Feed-N-Wax, and now the dresser still looks old, but not dilapidated. I still need to apply some hide glue to some loose pieces, but I'm counting progress as a win. For as long as I can remember, I've be

Ten Things of Thankful: From Sunrise to Moonset

Cars and trucks on a highway travel toward the rising sun                                    John and I made a quick, task-oriented trip to California last week. We wore our masks and stayed at an acceptable social distance from others (which is hard for grandchildren to understand, but we mostly succeeded.) We're now home, and at the "I need a vacation to recover from my 'vacation' " stage, which makes sitting down to compose a TToT post a bit of a challenge. However, I know that I will feel better by the end of this post, so bear with me if you will.  1. I'm thankful that we had no problems with traffic going there or coming home. We left our hotel at about quarter to four on Friday morning. The early start, fewer families traveling this year, or, most likely, a combination of the two, made for an easy drive.  2. I'm thankful for books to help pass the time. We haven't actually finished yet (as I was reading aloud, and my voice can only last for so l