“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”

Last night was cold. Today is the same. The sky is covered in white clouds and rain is on its way. I’m going nowhere today. All I have on my to-do list is fill the bird feeders and water the plants.

My dining room is filled with plants. Some are on tables while others hang near the windows. There are no curtains on the three windows. The room is painted in what is called nutmeg. It is my favorite color of any of the rooms. The dining room table was made for me by a furniture maker using Shaker plans. That was close to 40 years ago. It was $400.00 which was a king’s ransom in those days. The chairs are mismatched on purpose. A shelf and two sconces were made for me by a friend’s father, also close to 40 years ago. He too used Shaker plans. The hutch is filled with Simon Pearce glasses bought in Ireland before he became famous. I can’t afford him now. Some Belleek pieces share the shelves. I bought them in Dublin. One wine glass sits in the middle of a shelf and is my favorite. My father bought it in Belgium during the war. There were four glasses so we each, my siblings and I, got one. I love my dining room.

My den is the grubby room. It is where I spend most of my time because the TV and computer are there. It alone of all the rooms hasn’t been painted in a long while because there are shelves too filled to empty and furniture too heavy to move. My friends got new furniture so I got their old couch and chair. I needed new furniture so I was thrilled at their offer. Henry and I both love the couch.

I bought my house in 1977 when I was 29. The mortgage was half my month’s salary so I was too poor to go anywhere or do anything. My trips to Europe ended. I had almost no furniture, but I did have a TV and a day bed. They were in the den where I spent all of my time even back then. Also in the den was a desk aka my dining table. I  laugh at these memories because I still pretty much live in the den but it is now filled with furniture and books, and I mean filled. I am where I started.

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2 Comments on ““I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I spend my time in the living room because that’s where the tv and computer are. Well, the laptop could be in any room as it’s wifi connected. The tv isn’t so that’s where I am. And the dogs, too. We are all at one end of the couch because they both have to be in physical contact with me. Piki Dog always did that but it’s a new thing for Rocky. Nice now that it’s cold. I have two little heaters right next to me.

    It was brutally cold yesterday although very sunny. Today is not sunny but it’s not cutting cold either. I can take it better when the wind is not blowing. We’ve been out a couple of times so far and it’s okay. I have to go out this evening so I hope the snow holds off until after I get home. There’s nothing on the dance card until Saturday. I am prepared for a day in the house.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      When I was out filling the bird feeders, I had to look at my hands to make sure they were still there. They were so frozen I couldn’t feel them. I had to go back inside and wait until they defrosted to fill the suet feeders. I emptied water which had filled a bit of a furniture cover. The top was ice. Last night too had to have been freezing. It is far colder here that it has been.

      Henry moves a round the couch a lot. Sometimes he is by me while other times he is in a ball at the other end of the couch. He has his won side in bed as well. Once in a while he rests his head on my legs. It is not all that comfortable but I don’t want to move.

      We will have rain according to the most recent weather. I am just fine staying warm and cozy inside the house.

      Have a great day!


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