Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fiery gems for you

At times I am completely overwhelmed by the comments and e-mails I receive by publishing this blog. The things people say have touched my heart, have made me embarrassed (but in a good way), inspired me, and made me feel less alone.

One reader told me recently that my blog reminds her of a an old song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The song is ‘Our House’, a long-ago favorite of mine that I hadn’t thought about in ages.

 

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How odd that tonight, while I was editing photos to use in this post, I began humming to myself the very words to this song, which began while working on the window photograph below (the windows are illuminated . . .) I’m sure that so many of you know the words to this song.

Go ahead and click. And maybe go back in time a bit.

 

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I'll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase
That you bought today


 

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Staring at the fire
For hours and hours
While I listen to you
Play your love songs
All night long for me
Only for me

 

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Come to me now
And rest your head for just five minutes
Everything is good

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Such a cozy room
The windows are illuminated
By the sunshine through them
Fiery gems for you
Only for you

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Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you


 

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It’s not really like this here. This isn’t really our house; it’s just where our hearts reside at the moment. My husband isn’t who he used to be at this time last year. He doesn’t cook  for me anymore, and he lately has been driving me bats because he’s not enjoying my cooking, preferring to have toast with cream cheese for dinner instead, which is what happened again tonight. So I’m changing the words above to

now everything is cheesy

‘Cause of you

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I think it gives a more accurate description.

* snort *

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Truly blessed here, despite the whipped Philadelphia brand.

52 comments:

Country Girl said...

I don't mean to make fun. I don't. I do get annoyed when I make a perfectly delicious dinner and someone chooses to eat toast instead. But then I consider the source and the brain, and let it go.

~ C.G.

Bonnie said...

Wonderful images to accompany such sweet lyrics. Imperfection is part and parcel of any authentic house/home.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I love that song!! I suppose some of that has to do with medications? Or maybe not. I hope that just means more leftovers for you:-)

forgetmenot said...

What a great post!!! Love all your photos--the window with the "fiery reflection" is amazing. Things change as the years go by and all of us have to change and adjust right along with them (some of us have to do more of the "adjusting"--but we're up to it--right)!!! I haven't ever tried toast and cream cheese, but I do know your delicious dinners would be more to my liking. Hang in there. Hugs, Mickie :)

Di said...

The song is so sweet and the pictures match beautifully. Home is where the heart is! Blessings to you and your husband.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I'd forgotten about this one too :)

Marilyn said...

mine has been doing the same thing lately...I just consider the sauce... :)

Deb said...

beautiful photos...Men..can't live with them...can't live without them....but aren't they fun to try to figure out...

Nellie said...

Kate, this a truly beautiful post! I'm a late follower, and I don't know what the past year has been like for you, so I want to send you my thoughts and prayers as you are continuing to work through some disturbing times. Hugs to you! xoxo

The Sweetest Days said...

At least he's eating something, though I would be annoyed too. I think at this point you just can't win, Kate. I know you're trying hard though *hugs*

Cheryl said...

Kate,
One of my favorite songs. It brings such wonderful memories.
Humor is what helped me through the changes in my husband over the past years. We had a wonderful neurologist who told us that this was his best advice...
Oh there were days that I couldn't find my humor, but it is what helped.

Caroline said...

OMG! Love that song and this post. Your blog is always so welcoming. I always feel like I am visiting an old friend when I come here. You are so down to earth and your photos always make my heart happy. I love the sacred space you have created here...it is home.

Andi said...

Your pictures of your house, to me, it always looks content. I know that is a weird adjective for a house, but it does look happy and content. Maybe I transpose how I seem to think you feel on the photos. Not sure. I know one night a few years ago, during the holiday , our house was full of people, and food, and laughter. I went outside to bid someone good bye and when I turned around to look at the house I swear it was smiling. Your house just always looks content to me. No matter how nutty I am, your pictures are always beautiful.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

that's such a great song, Kate! I don't think of it often, but when I do it sticks in my head for HOURS!

Low Tide High Style said...

That is one of my favorite songs, and I agree, your blog does remind me of that song too! I love the photos, and just because your name isn't on the deed, doesn't mean it isn't your home, you have made it the cozy home that it is today. I hope your hubby breaks free from his toast and cheese cravings, but I did get a chuckle out of your new lyrics!

Kat :)

mudmaven said...

Easy, cheesy, lemon squeezy! Your post was the highlight of my day - thank you! (they often are btw!) ~chris

missing moments said...

Your comment after your post made me laugh. I think that is true of all our husbands! Just consider the source! One of my all time fave songs ... and yep, always have loved stopping by here!

Rain said...

Oh bless you for still having your sense of humor! It does help get us through the trials and anger and frustration and makes it bearable-I think.......
you're in my thoughts and prayers....spring will come......the leaves will bloom on the trees again.......
~~Rain

Linda said...

I love your blog, your photos and your dog:D Hope one day to meet you IRL.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Such a beautiful place to live and yes, I remember that song well! Toast and cream cheese--that is a combination I've never heard of, but many things affect appetite. I hope your hubby gets his "taste" back for cooking up some delicious dinners. It's nice to have someone else cook when you've worked all day--Although I enjoy cooking, it sure is enjoyable when I don't HAVE to!
V

beth said...

isn't it funny how we all know or remember the words to this song...sigh

and you know, you're right. home really is where our hearts are. and at any given moment that can change....sometimes my heart is in the cupcake store.

tonight i cried while watching grey's anatomy....too many hearts were lost tonight. what a tear jerker.

xoxo

Devon said...

Such absolutly beautiful pictures! It is true that life is always changing... I imagine the people that looked upon that house in a lovely sunset 100 years ago. What mattered most to them?

Oliag said...

You illustrate the lyrics perfectly! That song has been the theme song of our old house since we bought it...goes to show how old we are:) A couple of summers ago I got to see Crosby Stills and Nash sing together...a mistake...they do not sound the same I am sorry to say:)

thecatalanway said...

This made me cry - and that is a good thing! courage and strength my bloggy friend Kx

Deltaville Jamie said...

As always, I love the photos! And I don't see it as making fun, I see it as humor as a coping mechanism for all of life's injustices.

Sarah said...

Oh, Kate! You made my day with this post, the beautiful photos, and one of my very favorite songs ever! I'll be a happy girl all day as hum along.

Kim said...

As always, I loved the photos, made even more gorgeous with the lyrics. Thanks for sharing.

Daryl Edelstein said...

Maybe cream cheese and toast is what's meant to be eaten on ordinary days .. ;-)

Karen said...

I have always loved that song. If only we could all live inside it.... and you are SOOO a CSN& Y kinda blog :-)

Love your images...and Also philadelphia whipped. It's in my fridge too.

Lovely images, as always.

Karen said...

I said that twice. *sigh* senior moment.

The Japanese Redneck said...

That reflection shot in the window is spectacular!

altar ego said...

I love that song as well. Thanks for the song in my head (which follows one from "Amahl and the Night Visitors" from earlier in the day), and the lovely pictures, as well. And George, from earlier! I heart George.

WPgirl said...

I can sympathize with you about your husband not being the same as he was last year. My husband has Multiple Sclerosis. It has affected his short term memory and attention span. I am his short term memory along with our appointment calendar and the notepad he carries. Sometimes it seems that his mental maturity is stuck in his late teens or early twenties. When you blog about things happening to your husband I pray that you will have the strength to deal with the changes. Keep blogging and sharing your pictures. I enjoy your post very much.

TSannie said...

Hang there my friend! Cooking really is over-rated. xo

Hilary said...

On the bright side, you get to eat more leftovers. ;)

Great post with a fondly-remembered song.

Amy said...

I never heard that song before...what does that say about me? But your photos were lovely as usual. I love the home where you live...your heart is there, so it´s your home, even if it´s not your home on paper.

But where is your snow??? You said you had snow??? Did it melt? We still have plenty...I´m glad. I´d rather have snow then icy rain any day....

Hope you have a great Friday evening...and get to eat something else besides toast and cream cheese...although that sounds delightful for breakfast with some red pepper...mmmmm....

Kerri said...

Oh Kate.... that song that song.... and they way they sing that song .... just gives me goosebumps....along with your pics ..... I'm a goosebumped girl right now!!

Lili said...

I always enjoy my visits over here Kate. That song really does reflect such a beautiful message and that fiery sunset reflected in the window is really extraordinary! My Mom sometimes eats saltine crackers crumbled up in milk for dinner (its a habit she got from my Grandpa that I really never did understand). xo ~Lili

Mary said...

Oh Kate, thank you so much for putting that song in my head. It is SO much better than the one it replaced, which I won't name because you are my friend. :)

The photos in this post are so beautiful!!! I can imagine all the lives that your house has seen through the years -- all the joys, and all the sorrows, too...

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. It's supposed to be nice and warm here... Hope you get the same. xoxo

Sheila said...

I think that may be my all time favorite song. Maybe it's the era we grew up in? Love your blog and all your beautiful images. I agree with other readers, at least your husband is eating something, but can imagine how disappointing it is if you make something special for dinner. Keep smile and have a great weekend!

sharon said...

absolutely love the picture of the sun in the window. that is gorgeous!! sometimes we must take the good with the "bad" even if it is cream cheese. :) Have a great weekend!

Bluebird49 said...

I just want you to know that you're in my prayers each night. I ddin't know things had chaanged so much--and I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear it. Life IS a mystery isn't it.

Loretta said...

This really hit home for me and brought a tear to my eye. My husband is also suffering from some medical condition's that have made him not the same man I fell in Love with 14 years ago, but till death do us part and I dream about the way it was...

Jill of All Trades said...

Oh my that little commenter was totally right. I love it and I LOVE that pic of the window and sunset. Beautiful!

Yvonne said...

Love that song and always your photos....such a treat. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Once again you have drawn us in, and captured our hearts...thank you.

I love that song, and now I know the lyrics also.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

~Jess said...

Beautiful photos! Some of my most favorite photos are nature reflected in windows.

ELK said...

just my favorite .. real . beautiful and yes...cheesy :) sending you hugs my friend!

mrs mediocrity said...

snort!
but whoever said that was right, your blog is like that song.
and hey, sometimes cheesy is good!

Donna S. said...

Kate, hope things level out for hubby & you (for lack of better words). Is it attitude or physical disability that has kept him from going back to cooking? Shame, I thot he enjoyed it & I know you enjoyed the meals. Again, praying for peace & good health,

These Nine Acres said...

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Jan's camera said...

I have always loved the lyrics to that song. If only life could be that wonderful. Your illuminated window photos are beautiful.