to attend the Memorial Service tomorrow for one of her childhood friends.
she will spend considerable time, as will I, with the younger 3 sisters of the deceased woman.
when one is faced with this type of event we often find solace within the walls of our own homes,
so today I'm re-posting something coming from "The Lady's Life," a lovely blog I follow.
these are her words:
Today I’m adding another book to the library here at TLL, Dominique Browning’s uplifting narrative about the intimate relationship between ourselves and our homes. Around the House and in the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing and Home Improvement is one of my favorite books, and the perfect book for a cold February day, and for this day of love. It is about how we care for and sometimes rescue our houses, and how they shelter and sometimes rescue us.
A sanctuary by definition, is a place of refuge or safety. ”Home,” Ms. Browning says, “is the place where we have the final say about what goes where… what feels comfortable, what is life enhancing… a place that gives us strength to go out and embrace the world.” At one time or another, we all need a sanctuary– someplace to high-tail it from the slings and arrows of daily life.
“You feel you never want to leave this source of enchantment where peace and beauty beckon…this is what you have missed and what, unconsciously, you have been seeking all your life.” Nancy Lancaster
Home is the place we shower love on our family and friends, and it is a lovely retreat where we can rest, recharge and shower love upon ourselves too. I have lost track of how many copies of this book I have loaned or given as gifts, but it’s the perfect accompaniment to a roaring fire, a bottle of champagne and a favorite cashmere sweater, whether you are heading off to a hideout for the weekend, or you’re already there.
I felt this was a beautiful way of defining a "home."
& it made me feel the same way.
we should all take the time to reflect,
mostly to reflect on the blessings we have been given,
and all the friends and family who share our lives.