MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

If You Were... a House


If you were a house, what kind of house would you be? 
Would you have a name and sing to me 
Like Graceland and the Jungle Room, 
Like Neverland before its doom? 
Would passing folks discern a trace of Strauss 
And dance to Don Juan in E major, I reckon 
Would your beauty beckon? 
Would you be a home or just a house? 
Would there be wooden floors and distant shores — 
A Bora beach house, chestnut doors? 
I hear you'd be real solid, mocking hurricanes and Toto too 
None of that baloney or a witch's blue suede shoe 
There's no place like home — yeah, right... 
And then you'd take a leak on me in the middle of the night: 
A pool's a pool and this one is for free? 
Would your owners love you like a fallen child, 
Then fix you up and drive me wild? 
Would you be detached and hump-hump proof
Would your dirty neighbor like to nail your pretty roof? 
Would you be new? 
Tell me about your view 
Is cleaning you a chore? 
Tell me more 
Tell me about the ghosts that haunt your core 
Tell me about your gate and dogs and bars 
And how you'd be the prize of family wars 

If you were a house, what kind of house would you be? 
Would you be real cozy, small... like me? 
Would you inspire poets on a sunny winter's day 
Would your colors be in tune with another rise of May? 
Does any of this ring true? 
Tell me: what kind of house are you?

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Wouldn't you?

If You Were... a Car
If You Were... a Fruit
If You Were... a Shoe
If You Were... a Song
If You Were... a Toy
If You Were... a Word

106 comments:

  1. I would be the Ninja House of Rock!
    And I'd have to be a mansion to house all my clones.

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    1. Sounds like a plan to me. Will there be a red carpet?

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  2. I love your poem. If I were a house, I would like to be my house: comfortable, cozy, aging, small, and Franklin lives in me.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you, Janie.

      Your own house... and Franklin too. Such a great response. I wish I could say the same thing.

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  3. What do you mean small and cozy like you? Didn't you say you can't fit in your old jeans?
    Knowing me, I'd be a palace of Sodom and Gomorrah, the home of all kinds of orgies :)

    Once again, you need to put these poems of yours into a book!

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    1. Small and cozy like the house I'd be... Hello!

      The home of orgies... Now, why doesn't that shock me one bit? No, my 'poetry' is not meant to be published in a book. I don't like being published.

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    2. why the hell not? The world needs to see them and enjoy them... imagine brightening up someone's day with your poems? Isn't that a reason enough? Leaving a trace, becoming famous? :) We could live in squares like Wolfe and her gang :)

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    3. Leaving a trace? I don't want to leave a trace... I want to stay put, is what I want. You can write a poem about that, Dezzzmeister, sir. Fame is overrated. Life is underrated. There. You can quote me on that and make me famous in the process. I really don't care about fame or publishing. Fix my roof with your shorts.

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    4. oh, puhlease, spare me the defeated rant, Bluester! You must become famous and then have army of minions to fix your roof and an army of pilots to take us to Bora Bora!
      I can fix it with my shorts but I must wave with them ten times in front of your nose in the night of the Blue moon... you know, once in a Blue moon :P

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    5. Wave? Oh... my eyes..... my eyes....

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    6. I don't know what's better. Your delightful poem, Blue, or the banter between you and the dazzling Dezzmeister. Who I agree with, by the way. You should consider publishing them. They're bloody good :)

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    7. he could even put us on the cover of the book... you know, to boost the sale :)

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    8. The poem, of course ;) Well, why don't I bestow my poems on the two of you and you can do with them whatever you want. All I need, if they bring you riches untold, is a return ticket to Bora. How's that for a deal? I really don't care about being published.

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    9. not even being published in PLAYGIRL in your red speedos? :)

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    10. not tempting just here to give you your 100th comment :)

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    11. You know how much I love the 100th comment!

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  4. What a delightful read, well done. I'd most likely be a clean, nice and quiet house.

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    1. A quiet house... I'd like to live in one. Thanks for stopping by again. :)

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  5. To b e a house I'd need the dough
    Right now I'd be a miserable show
    Leaky and rusted
    One step from busted
    Ready to just burn me down
    And move to a new town

    But maybe a house by a lake
    Or on a mountain I'd make
    See all from above
    And give them no love
    Stay upon high
    And not be high and dry
    But I'd be clean
    And only a little mean
    Scare the idiots away
    The rest can play
    Even have a room for the cats
    Where they can fly around like dingbats
    And I'd never have a pissy roof
    I'd avoid that goof
    As for humpers though,
    I'd be away from their humping flow

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    1. But not be bought by Grumpy Goo
      Looking for that special hidden shoe
      Inside a closet, underneath the floor
      He's ruin your kitchen and your door.

      Love it, Cat.

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    2. haha I'd put the shoe on the doorstep
      Then my house could keep a good rep

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    3. Ha it sure would
      In your neighborhood

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    4. Already make people take shoes off when they come through my door
      Sometimes it leads to visitors no more hahaha

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    5. It leads to visitors no more
      As they stay away from your shore
      How about their smelly feet
      As they take a seat?

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    6. Keeps them away
      As they don't want to take them off at my bay
      Their smelly feet usually have socks
      So I don't mind turning the locks

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  6. I'd be happy as long as I'm not some kind of mobile home

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    1. With a leaking roof. Well, at least you'd be able to hit the road when you see those clouds drifting your way No?

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  7. I would like to have a house by the lake, small and quaint so its easy to clean ~ One that has few but comfy furniture & all the needed appliances & internet connection, ha ~

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    1. Ah... you need to be connected. Hi Grace.

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  8. The house that I still think of as home, is the one I grew up in, but never owned.
    Wandumi it was named by my grandfather Blue - he has/had a name just like you!
    It had cows & paddocks & trees & cats & freedom to roam oh how attached!

    Now I dream of a house by the sea, light & airy with lots of me
    It will welcome friends & family & strangers alike; & provide warmth & shelter & safety at night.
    With a big front door & an open heart, that's how I'd like my home to start!
    And a wood fired pizza oven in the back yard too!!!!! But no more rhyming. I'm done. I'm through!!!!

    :-) Did you fix the leak????

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    1. Did I fix the leak? Well, let's say I'm waiting for a shower to find out.

      I love your comment. Cows & paddocks & trees & cats & freedom to roam... Sounds like a special place. A big front door & an open heart... :))

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    2. Well done Mr Blue Plumber. Hope it worked :-)

      Yeah, the farm was a special place. Haven't lived there for 27ish years & it belongs to others now, but I still think of it as home!

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    3. It belongs to others now... That's gotta be a strange thing to realize. Would you like to own it?

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    4. Hmmm that's a big question. Owning it would involve milking 400 odd cows twice a day 365 days per year. Not sure I'm up for that any more!!!! I guess the things I miss are the childhood memories of being able to play for hours with calves; lay in the hay with the sound (& sometimes feel) of cows coming in around you to eat it; climbing the trees; picking mushrooms; tadpoling; riding the neighbours horse - we had it for the summer & the neighbour took her back for the winter to get through some muddy places the dirt bike would get bogged. The ice cold wind, early starts, 2am checks on the calving cows etc are distant memories now!!!

      PS looks like we secured the property!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    5. 400 odd cows... I can imagine that being a deal-breaker.

      Still keeping my fingers crossed. I sure hope you secured the other property.

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  9. A wee house in the woods
    like my great grandparents built,
    it had all the goods -
    save a man in a kilt.
    Jesse James sometimes stayed in their barn,
    an oft-told tale but in this case it's true
    "just don't tell on us, cousin, and you'll come to no harm"
    said on the doorstep of their beloved house; simple and blue.

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    1. I love it, Jacqueline. A wee house in the woods. And you know how to rhyme too. :)

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  10. I would be about 1200 square feet, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, fenced back yard :)

    betty

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  11. My house would be a little run down, with the scars that comes with years of (housing the) living. Not the prettiest on the block, but it would be a home that would be filled with warmth, laughter and love.

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    1. Not the prettiest on the block... oh don't be modest. You would be the prettiest on the block as well as filled with warmth, laughter and love. I'm a carpenter... I know houses, remember? Except for leaking roofs... ;)

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    2. purdiest in whole Indiana, Blue, in whole Indiana... if I may correct you so.... :)

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    3. If you keep correcting me, I'll end up being perfect. We can't have none of that, now can we? Indiana it is.

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    4. Bwahaha! That's because Indiana is filled with a bunch of inbred looking hicks Dezzy.

      Blue, can you come cut my house down in size? I fear I have gained too many pounds this week and could stand to lose a room or two.

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  12. I'd be a house on wheels. Wherever I roam I will call home.

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    1. A house on wheels... And would you have a button that says ludicrous speed?

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    2. and Sir Dave of Walstonia would also have a crew of anime characters manning the vehicle too! I can just imagine it.....

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    3. I would only let them drive in Japan. ;-)

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    4. It all makes perfect sense to me.

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  13. I saw my comment of your last post didn't appear and "What the hey?" You've moved on already.
    If I were a house I'd be called "The Whie House" and waddle around in history. I would only allow the truth seekers to cross my threshold and all others would get a very sharp boot in the butt. My door would hit them so hard, they'd land in Falls Church or maybe Hootersville. I'd invite you to one of my dinners and you can even wear your carharrts if you're too busy to change from working on your closet. Oh
    how grand it would all be.

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    1. That is the White House. Never heard of a Whie House.
      Lots of typos lots of lies
      Lots of birds in pretty skies
      Lots of hazy, lazy days
      Glad my typing isn't for pays

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    2. It's the only way to deal with pretend truth seekers. Don't forget to flip them the bird too, and I'm not talking about Daffy Duck. Hootersville... maybe they'd like that too much, Manzanita. I'm never too busy to dress up when I get to visit Manzanita's White House. It would be an honor.

      Oh that closet is giving me a ton of headaches, but I will find a way to pull it off.

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    3. I said, I'd invite you to one of my dinners. Didn't mean ONE.... I'd invite you to ALL the important STATE dinners. That's what friends are for....to break a little bread with and share a little wine....heck, maybe even a lot.

      Yeah... Hootersville may be too much of a good thing. Ha

      Yeah....construction is always disturbing the way of life, even if you hired someone to do it. I'm positive it will be a pure work of art and love when you are finished. Does this involve putting up new walls, too???????
      If so, that is yipes. I need a small shelter for about a dozen hay bales this winter. Last winter was a nightmare trying to keep them dry under a tarp. I was thinking of those small plastic buildings from Costco that come
      unassembled. I can't see me putting one together so what's a poor girl to do? strum....strum.

      You'll ace it and have a place to hang your Carharrts. A Toofer. lol

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    4. All the important state dinners... Now, don't make be blush, Manzanita. Oh wouldn't that be something... Thank you, friend.

      Yes, you are sort of an expert when it comes to hiring people to do a decent job. It's a damn shame (pardon my Swedish). Well, the first stage was to soundproof the walls and floors, which I did in February I think it was, and now it's 'just' a matter of finishing that wall to wall closet. Building a closet is not the problem. The problem is dragging all that wood up the stairs. You know about my health, so I need to do it all one step at a time. Baby steps.

      What's a poor girl to do... Yeah, good question. Wish I could help you out.

      Believe it or not but that closet I'm building is all for Angie, so I'll need to find my Carharrts a different place to hide. Not that I'm complaining as there is another wall to wall closet in our second bedroom. I built that one when I took my health for granted. Foolish Blue.

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    5. Oh Yeah, you make reference to the garage disaster. That was the dynasty of ding-dongs.
      What's the old phrase......"don't hide your light under a bushel basket" or something like that. Yes, you should hide your light and your skills won't be known. But it's really a trade-off. She will be sooo grateful for her closet and a lot of pampering will be showered upon you. Like the gentle rain from heaven and the smell of ozone will permeate the air.

      Yes I knew you were ill but you often joke and I never know how serious you are about your health.
      Now I'm serious, one step at a time is bad enough without a board in your hands. (Let the pool boy do it) I guess the last part was not serious. I lied. Good health is THE most important commodity anyone can ever own and yet, no one really ever takes their good health seriously until it's taken away. I'm not meaning you. I know you'd hang on to it so tight and never let it go.
      You are a man of honor. You said you would built a closet (drunken promise or not) and you will. That's why you belong in the White House.

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    6. Good health is THE most important commodity anyone can ever own...

      I couldn't agree more.

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  14. Hmmm...I think I'd be an old red brick Victorian-style house. Solid and classic. I don't think the place would be too haunted, though. Maybe a ghost in the attic, but one of those nice ones, like Casper. I'd be filled with music, laughter, and my dream library with a shelf that slides aside to reveal a secret passage, leading to my own secret reading room. Nice, right?

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    1. Oh my... a Victorian-style house. Very nice. Can I be your gardener? I may be blue but I've got green fingers. Okay so every plant in my house dies on me but outside they're doing just fine. So what do you say?

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    2. Sure, you can be the gardener. You can't be any worse at keeping plants alive than I am, trust me!

      So, if you were a blue guy with green fingers, would that make you aquamarine?

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  15. An awesome poem Blue!!!

    If I were a house, I would be my current home which is small, cozy and filled with love:))

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    1. Thank you, Phil. Good to hear from you again. Excellent choice too... your own house.

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    1. Canada? Bora Bora? I'm told Bora Bora is veeeeeeeeeery cosy.

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  17. I will be a warm and lovely country house with bunnies and dogs:)😊

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    1. That's too expensive. Oh wait.... you are rich! I knew it.

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    2. Im not rich silly.....
      pfftttttt

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    3. You're not? But you've got a big garden and your own swimming pool. Ha!

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    4. Im upsept Blue U-P-S-E-P-T!!

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    5. Is ok dont worry.
      Sorry by duplicates.
      yes is my phone.At night I can't use the computer.

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  18. I want my pool too lol
    (The same I have) I love swim!

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    1. Sure.... a pool too. I've got a bath tub and you've got a pool. Do I need to say more?

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    2. Ok what happens ?? I think I can answer your question!

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    3. Do I need to say more means poor me (bath tub) and lucky you (pool).

      I will miss you? Where are you going?

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    4. Im upsept :(😑😑😑😑

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    5. By😑😑😑

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    6. what's with Gloria Dear, Blue? Do we need to send her a cake to cheer her up?

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    7. I don't know. Maybe because her phone dublicates and tripples her comments. I once had the same problem.

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    8. maybe she's cold and her fingers are slipping... it's winter down there in Chile, isn't it?

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  19. If I were a house, I'd cost lots of dollar
    as I sat on my stilts in the waters of Bora,
    With glass as my floors for viewing the sea;
    A place where man could learn to be free
    With wild ideas as big as the ocean -
    Now isn't that an ideal notion?
    A hammock, mojito a breeze in the palm,
    A place of completeness, beauty and calm.
    Oh, if I were this house, I'd make you feel sweet,
    with petals as carpets under your feet.
    A place of joy, adventure and song,
    A home with a sense of "Yes, I belong."

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    1. Ahhhhh now, that's what I'm talking about! Stilts in the waters of Bora and a see through floor too. Oh my... and petals as carpets... Is the drool apparent?

      If only I could afford you. (Now, how does that sound? ;))

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    2. Free for you, my lovely Blue :) Mutual appreciation society.

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    3. You know how to make me smile.

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  20. I'd be a happy house full of family and friends. Outside appearances wouldn't matter, so long as the place was kept up and neat, but the inside would be amazing. People would always want to come visit. :)

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    1. Outside appearances are overrated. A posh exterior only attracts unwanted guests and burglars alike.

      A happy house full of family and friends... That's wonderful.

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  21. LOL. I actually have that clearly on my mind. Then I sketched it out on a paper but it looked prettier in my head. I'm such a lousy sketch artist! So here you go.

    The property is a one floor building technically. So as you enter the house, on the right is the large and long living area with almost ceiling to floor windows and a glass door. It should open up to a nice green lawn. The flooring at the living hall is of light (coloured)wood. The whole area is elevated with a 2' elevation from the rest of the house so you need a couple of steps to walk up here. The idea is to have an open, bright space for me to move around with plenty of natural light coming in. It will also allow me to step out and be one with nature. The concept is like the hall or mirrors at the Versailles palace but without the mirrors :p I shall play with curtains to control light.

    The rest of the house is basically parallel to the huge living hall. The flooring is Victorian black and white tiles with a nice skirting. The kitchen and dining area are also large to represent life (which is on the left as you enter the house), with separate spice storage and wash rooms. The dining area will open up to another green yard where I will have a greenhouse to grow my organic vegetables, herbs etc. I'd like a well there for a natural water source as well.

    I'm not crazy about a pool but if there was going to be any, it will be right at the backyard where another exit will open up to it. There will be a patio too. It will be closer to the part where the bedrooms are located. The bedroom floors will be of darker wood but not too dark. Maybe 3 bedrooms. The whole house will be about space, being free and to encourage movement to inspire living and creativity.

    Oh well, Blue. I have so much detail in my head in terms of colours, textures, etc. The idea for this whole plan came about in one of my vivid dreams. I remember the feelings I got in that dream and when I was in that room with space, light and windows.
    Wish I could get this planned properly for a visual experience!

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    1. ps. black and white squares with more white than black have a relaxing effect on me. hence the flooring!

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    2. Ah... almost ceiling to floor windows.... ka-ching!... Gotta love those oh yes... and a 2' elevation from the rest of the house (Are you sure you're not describing your current home?)... Playing with curtains too... Skirting (that such a funny word)... A greenhouse would be great... What a well too... When do I move? Yes, there has to be a pool. And no neighbors.... freedom! No neighbors.... (Yes, I'm day-dreaming).
      Now, that's the Jaya J I remember: filled to the brim with a special brand of imagination. It's so good to have you back. Thanks for the wonderful comment. Black and white quares it'll be... with more white than black tiles.

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    3. my current home?? it's a tiny one-bedroom place in the sandpit. hence the occasional depression.
      i've never thought of neighbours, Blue. there'd be fences for my little estate so they won't get into my space :p
      thanks for the post and keep well!

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    4. That occasional depressionmakes perfect sense to me. Do you have a plan to maybe get out of there? You keep well too. :)

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    5. too early to tell. i suppose there is a plan to leave this region for a while. will update when things are a bit clear :)

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  22. I'd be a Victorian House - with lots of personality and secret passageways.

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  23. Not just a house but a home
    Not just 4 blank walls
    But it'll stop the desire to roam
    To come back before nightfall
    To a place called home!

    Hank

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    1. Home is where the heart is
      Where there's no room for showbiz

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  24. Not just a house but a home
    Not just 4 blank walls
    But it'll stop the desire to roam
    To come back before nightfall
    To a place called home!

    Hank

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  25. Have you ever considered putting these together in a book? Because they are gems.

    I'd be a loft on the Thames.

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    1. Never. Not once.

      A loft on the Thames... I like that.

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  26. I'm having far too much fun being a human, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a photographer, a crafter, a cyclist and a volunteer to even think about being a house. As long as I have a roof over my head, that's good enough for me!

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