The House Where Nobody Lives

The House Where Nobody Lives


This is the farm house we purchased four years, nine months and twenty-five days ago.

We arrived with a moving truck full of furniture…..two boys, two girls and a dog.

It was a little overwhelming.

You see….we jumped from a big city with highways and skyscrapers and stop lights and restaurants and theaters…..

….and drive-through diet cokes.

To the middle of the country.


We jumped from the hustle and bustle of a booming metropolis… the peace and quiet of a winding country road.

We traded shopping malls for cornfields…..

….grocery stores for farmer’s markets and fresh eggs and vegetables…..

….bumper-to-bumper traffic for the occasional 15 mph behind a hay truck…..

….and fancy restaurants for gas station pizza.

And after four years, nine months and twenty-five days I don’t think…..

……I ever want to trade back.


It has been a journey.

A journey full of laughter and joy and challenges and celebrations.

And when we started the journey…..six people lived here at the farm.

Along the way….we’ve collected a few other tenants.

Some rabbits and a few salamanders and a fish and another dog and three cats and a herd of deer.

And a giant tortoise named Fred.


And I thought that was the extent of the farm residents.

Until the other day.

Someone moved in and everyone forgot to tell me.

I guess his name is “nobody.

At least that’s what they say.

You might have heard of him before……

…..I think he’s a cousin of “I don’t know” and “not me.”


And look what nobody did to the rug in the butler’s pantry.


I saw the mud and asked around…..and the answer was always the same.

“I didn’t do it.”

“Not me.”

“I was inside all afternoon.”



By process of elimination….I finally figured out that nobody did it.

He forgot to wipe his feet before tracking all that mud down the hallway….around the corner….and into the room.

You would think that nobody would have more sense than that.

Good thing he was smart enough to take up residence in a house with plenty of carpet cleaner. 🙂


PS  We are about to get a few new residents here at the farm….one of our cats is about to have kittens!

PPS  Sharing this over at Kim’s.

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  1. Sounds like the perfect lifestyle KariAnne. Like you, we left a big capital city for a sea-change in a small rural coastal town and have never looked back.

  2. That’s funny…nobody lives at my house too! Looking forward to your garden party!

  3. Nobody sure gets around….he’s been at our house for a while now!

  4. Yep, nobody has visited us many times too! What a wonderful trade you made.

  5. Leslie @House on the Way :

    Ya know….I’m pretty sure nobody has paid me a visit several times!

  6. We have a “nobody” living here too, even though we are empty nesters. Oh, but we do have many little visitors each week and I think “nobody” always comes with them:)

    I must tell you that I find myself looking forward to seeing a “Thistlewood” email each day. Thank you so much!

  7. Hmmm, I’ve must have Nobody’s Atlanta cousin living here, too… put a nice size ding in the game room wall the other day. Wonder if he knows how to spackle and paint? 🙂
    xo Heidi

  8. What a true and cute post. How many of us with families have a Nobody living at our homes.

  9. My mother always says it must have been my father. Now keep in mind that my father died almost twenty-seven years ago. But, the good thing is that he also finds things that “he” “moved” from their proper place, too.

    Balance. Balance is key.

  10. “Nobody” seems to spend his weekends here at my house Karianne!! So glad you solved that mystery for me 🙂 What a fun story and I hope the carpet cleaner did the trick!! I’m so happy that you are happy with your beautiful “country” life! I know for me, it’s fun to visit the city but I will always be a country girl at heart and am happiest out here away from the hustle-bustle!! 🙂

  11. Nobody lives here at our house too! But I would love to live in your farmhouse. Wow! Beautiful. I dream of leaving the suburbs for a life like yours.

  12. Hi! Can you tell me what brand of paint and color name that is in your gorgeous bathroom? It is beautiful!!! Thanks! Angie

  13. How funny! When my three, thirty-something adults were children and mysterious situations occurred, I always told neighbors I had five children with the inclusion of “Not Me” and “I Don’t Know.” These faceless rascals loved to eat the last piece of birthday cake, or leave an empty milk container in the refrigerator, or forget to turn off an occasional light switch here or there. Sweet memories.

    • Growing up we had “Not me”, “Nobody”, “I don’t know” and sometimes my mom would say, ” Must have been the man in the moon who did it.” He visited often!

  14. Hmmm, I see Nobody stayed with you this weekend. Guess he’s making the rounds.
    The change for me was a good one. NYC to small town Florida, USA. No regrets as I see how wonderful it was. The best place to raise kids, a sacrifice well made! The kids talk wbit of a southern accent instead of a NYC one, but no bother.
    No regrets here…
    Happy Monday. Gee

  15. Well, I’m certainly glad he found a good home! Nobody used to live here about twenty-three years ago…then suddenly he took off, and left no forwarding address. Now, I know where he went…to a very nice family and home! Thanks for the giggle! 😉

  16. Maybe it was Fred?

  17. Anne Presley :

    You are blessed. Not only has Nobody lived at my house from time to time, but so has Somebody. Amazing how these “people” get around. Then maybe there are related to the chickens names Nobody and Somebody who briefly lived in the shed in the back- that is until the dogs decided they were hungry.

  18. In our house, the poor dog, Ben, does it all. Poor thing! He can never catch a break. Have a sweet week Karianne. xo

  19. Your post reminded me of this poem from my childhood.

    Mr. Nobody
    I know a funny little man,
    As quiet as a mouse,
    Who does the mischief that is done
    In everybody’s house!
    There’s no one ever sees his face,
    And yet we all agree
    That every plate we break was cracked
    By Mr. Nobody.

    ’Tis he who always tears out books,
    Who leaves the door ajar,
    He pulls the buttons from our shirts,
    And scatters pins afar;
    That squeaking door will always squeak,
    For prithee, don’t you see,
    We leave the oiling to be done
    By Mr. Nobody.

    The finger marks upon the door
    By none of us are made;
    We never leave the blinds unclosed,
    To let the curtains fade.
    The ink we never spill; the boots
    That lying round you see
    Are not our boots,—they all belong
    To Mr. Nobody.
    Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947)

  20. Country Living is the Best! <3 your home 🙂

  21. This is funny! “Nobody” used to live here, too, until all the kids moved out and nobody couldn’t get away with it anymore! HAH! It also curbed the phantom who would always leave the toilet paper roll empty! Have a great week!!~~Angela

  22. So Funny!!!! I used to say this exact same thing to my boys when they were young and making soooooo many messes. Responsibility was never claimed ala George Washington. The answer when Mom asked “Who did this” was always, ” I don’t know” or “not me”. I used to say we needed an extra place at the table for this person. So frustrating, but now those days seem like very distant and happy memories….Keep plugging. Your country home is so beautiful, I wouldn’t trade it either. You are making a beautiful life for you family. They will thank you and appreciate it more fully one day soon. Blessings, Linda

  23. That person lives at my house also – the only physical peeps is me and the hubster……….. how do those things happen?? We also moved to a peaceful haven like you describe, in the mountains of N Ga and out of traffic and hustle bustle. Love it, I just wish some other family members were closer.

  24. Yeah, “nobody” lives here either! Love your home in the country. We live in the country too and whenever we spend the day in New York, it is so wonderful to escape back to our peaceful home!

  25. Magnetite Gutterman :

    I dream of your life. Enjoy every second!

  26. I see that Nobody seems to reside in quite a few homes, he is one busy, invisible guy. Your home is so lovely KariAnne, and I cannot tell you what a treat it is to see a post waiting for me from you as I pour my coffee and enjoy a little quiet. Have a great week!!

    xo, Tanya

  27. I have the cousins from the Nobody clan (the Somebodys) living with us! My two little “grands” are forever telling me, “Grammie, somebody spilled chocolate on the sofa…it wasn’t me!” Or, Grammie, somebody broke your teacup….it wasn’t me!” I think the Nobody and Somebody clans are closely related! I think I’ll send the Somebodys up to visit their relatives, the Nobodys in Kentucky….you wouldn’t mind, would you, Karianne????

  28. Look around. You may find Somebody and Anybody, too. 🙂

  29. That living room is lovely . . . . but I don’t see a single lamp. Where do you read?

  30. So funny! In our house it was, “not me”. Five children, five sets of innocent eyes fervently denying the “crime of the moment”, to which my father would reply, “we’ll then, I guess Frank did it!” Frank was our poor hapless next door neighbor. Frank was legendary in our house for sneaking in and leaving lights on, the front door open, empty milk cartons in the fridge. Even years later after my parents retired and moved away, and we kids all grown, Frank still managed to follow us and wreak havoc. My husband and I still carry on the tradition in our own home. When either of us denies having done something or other, Frank’s name is invoked. He may be long passed away, but he lives on in infamy, never having known of his legendary status in our house. Best, Beth C.

  31. Nobody broke my IPad screen too! Oh how I love your house inside and out! You have such great taste.

  32. What an awesome blog you have; I anxiously await each new post!! Your home is gorgeous and the country lifestyle is fab. New kittens, how exciting! I would love to hear a little bit more about your pets. ( :

  33. Nobody seems to live at my house as well! How I would LOVE to make a move to the country! You have such a beautiful home! Life to the full! Melissa

  34. I love the blue in your bathroom. Would you be willing to share that color please??

  35. That silly NOBODY. *shakes head* He used to live around here, but finally the kids got old enough to know that I could use deductive reasoning to figure out EXACTLY who did it. 😉

    I love your house. Sigh . . . . I know, where I live, in the middle of town and one block from the county courthouse, isn’t exactly a thriving metropolis (but hey, we DO have 2 stoplights! 😉 ), but my dream is a house in the MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY, where the only neighbors I see are of the wildlife variety. Not the WILD LIFE variety, if you get my meaning!

    Enjoy, and when those kittens come, snuggle them as long as you can! 🙂

  36. Fred did it. He’s just a little slow on admitting it.


  37. Nobody lived here in LA too!

  38. You seriously need to write a book you are such an amazing and funny writer!!!

  39. Hi, could you tell me the name or color of the vinyl tile from Lowes that you have in the butler’s pantry? I have looked there but couldn’t figure out which it was 🙂

  40. Loved the post. My nobody moved out long ago and now there is a little nobody. Love your home it is very pretty.
    Have a great week.

  41. Your home is absolutely amazing. Just beautiful!! 🙂

  42. I wouldn’t trade country life for anything. I grew up in the country and live there now. Nothing like it! I so look forward to your posts and I LOVE your house. I grew up with 3 older sisters nobody and somebody were forever making visits to our house. The good thing was I always told my parents I did something because my sisters did it! Needless to say I got by with alot. Keep up the good work and as I’ve said before you make my day!

  43. I love, love, love your house – it has so much charm and character! Beeyooteefull. Even with Nobody living there.

  44. Hilarious! Mr. Nobody/I Don’t Know has been around long enough that he goes by “Jack Frost” at our house. We’ve even made up funny stories to go along with the “mischief” (tracks, spills, etc.) Jack wreaks and blame it on too much time on his hands due to the onset of spring/summer and no snow “likely” for some time 🙂 With our youngest going to college in the fall, I just grab the cleaners and know that in the not too distant future I’ll be missing the stories of Jack and even the little messes he makes.

    I’m glad you moved to this beautiful home you’ve created in the country. It gave us all the opportunity to meet you, be inspired by your great style, and share in the joy you bring with each and every post.

    Hugs to you and your Mr. Nobody 🙂

  45. Oh that reminds me of the old “Family Circus” cartoon! I think their character was Ida Know. Do you remember?
    Anyway…I love it! BTW…Martha gave me a tip once. Well…actually I read it in her magazine…but that’s close enough for me. Skip the soap and just use water or steam if you’re so lucky. It works. Amazingly well. And if you ever pass the tip on…you heard it from me. ;D Yeah…that’s my big cheezey grin. Who’s Martha?
    p.s. Today is my blogiversary. This is your invitation to join in the celebration! 😀

  46. Oh, I so remember those days, but my question would be, “who knocked the lamp over?..”and you can see a soccer ball in the corner…you would think with just having one child (my son) it definitely would have been him…but no, it often times was my hubby!…I miss the days of “don’t look at me” statements….enjoy your “tracks of mud made by nobody” while you can!…They grow up so fast!….Love it Kari…you always write the cutest stories!

  47. Your house is beautiful! I wouldn’t want to trade back either! Living in a less crowded, peaceful, open area is so much nicer. Oh…and, guess what?! Nobody lives here too! lol

  48. Love this post. As I was reading it at first I was confused. Did you move? It’s such a lovely home.

    But now I get it and you know what, there’s a nobody at my house too! LOL!

    – The Tablescaper

  49. HA! Nobody lived at my house for a long time, then left and I guess got homesick, because nobody is back in full force!!

  50. You have the most beautiful house! Sigh. Love looking at it, and I love your writing style.

  51. crafter little bugger…

  52. Absolutely love your farm house. You know, I moved to a small town, my home town, about ten years ago from the DC area. I had a lovely home there, but only stayed eight months and moved back. I think I just missed “nobody” too much. Love your post.

  53. OMG! we have “not me” and he gets into trouble each and every day! 🙂

  54. This story is too cute. We don’t have children except for our furry babies. I can relate to this story from being a child. We all did the samething to my mother. I did have a good chuckle remembering. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the kittens when they come.


  55. Awww, so cute! My fur babies keep me busy; I can only imagine how children keep you really busy! You always make me smile! Love Thistlewood and the wonderful stories!

  56. So funny…that guy sure does get around! Your home is so lovely, Karianne…I’d never want to move back to the city, if I was you, either!

  57. I’m like your lawn. Green. With envy.
    The house is gorgeous. Special. Worth of a magazine report. I would trade it for mine without thinking.
    Very green I am!!
    Enjoy it!!

  58. I never get tired of seeing pictures of your home, but this one was particularly fun! We have Nobody at my house, except Nobody has a formal name. You see Nobody must have moved in with us from my parent’s home when they sold my childhood house. Nobody didn’t hang around because it only likes homes with children. In our home, nobody is name “Yahootie”! Truly. My family is full of made up names and words. We all have a rich list of Scottish slang. My children are just doomed. As long as they don’t trolic in public, they will make it.

  59. You will be relieved to know that nobody comes to school each day so you get a break at home!

  60. Your farm house is very beautiful, I’m sure your amazing ability to create beauty has enhanced it greatly, how wonderful that you had some good bones to work with. I love seeing houses like yours, so loved and lived in, even with a “nobody” in the house. He lived with us until my kids left home, I think he took up residence at one or maybe both of their houses. They both deserve him. He will most likely leave your house once your kids are grown, and they will one day have their own “nobody” living in their houses.
    Hugs, Cindy

  61. I love your post and I love your home! Nobody aka Not Me! visits my house often too! Funny how that little bugger sneaks in isn’t it?

    Your house is absolutely beautiful and I too live in a nice quiet, smaller hometown area. We live on the edge of “The coolest small town in America” – right next to the woods and we love it!

  62. It’s lovely..I don’t believe that nobody lives there..I looks loved

  63. No doubt Mr. Knowbody moves around alot. I think he resides in a number of homes ~ city and country. ‘-)
    Another cute post………Sarah

  64. Super cute Thistle! 🙂 Maybe that same “nobody” was at my house over the weekend 🙂

  65. You took the leap and it was the right one for you………… is good that you now have the life you were ment to have……………and that you are happy……..

  66. Fabulous and idyllic home! It sounds like the modern day version of the Waltons! I also dream of taking the plunge of moving to the country but still nervous about the idea…

  67. Nobody lives here too! Four of them 😉

  68. I also have “I Don’t Know” and “It Was An Accident” living here with me too …

    🙂 Linda

  69. Your home looks like a page cut from Better Homes and Gardens, or is it Southern Living, anyway it is a compliment because your style is gorgeous! You will find yourself missing Nobody some day, mud and all! ~Diane

  70. Your ‘after’ sounds like my ‘now and forever’. Isn’t it funny how you don’t know how good you have it untill someone tells you! I love my quite life, no traffic jams/lights, one fast food option, knowing the neighbours and leaving the door unlocked at night. I need the city at least twice a year (sushi/shopping/theatre/hotels) but arriving home is so wonderful!

  71. Aaaarh! I wondered where Mr Nobody had gone! Do you know I haven’t heard anything from that guy ever since my daughter moved out!!!! I hope he moves on from your house soon, as that guy is responsible for so many naughty things.

    Judi in the UK

  72. We are so glad you and your family decided to join our community it has truely been a blessing. You brought new life back into a classic farmhouse, as well as giving ladies of the community inspiration to perk up their homes.

    Kari Anne your sunny personality always lifts my spirits hope you have a wonderful blessed day 🙂

  73. his brother, I Don’t Know, lives at our house…

  74. NOBODY lived here for many years and finally mOVED AWAY…evidently to your beautiful home:):) Actulally, enjoy him while you can, he will move on sooner than you know it. It’s kinda lonely (and WAY too clean) without him. XO, Pinky

  75. Oh, this brought back memories…sweet memories. Once, when “Nobody” was at our house (along with our FOUR boys), when I finally had to give up on finding out who Nobody or I Don’t Know was, I overheard our youngest mutter under his breath as he walked away, “ANOTHER mystery to be solved!” Obviously, he wasn’t Nobody! I laughed hard (secretly, of course!). Being a mom is fun/funny even when it’s trying. Thanks for sharing. ~Zuni

  76. This is so cute. We lived in a house with “nobody” too. Seems all three of my children knew this person, I was the only one that couldn’t seem to meet him or her. Lol Love this post and I love your home. I would so love for you to link this up to my Inspire Me party that is on going
    Hugs, Marty

  77. Your house is just gorgeous! I would love to live in and old farmhouse in the Country! I have always imagined living in one with a grand front porch, a horse in the backyard and a few chickens running around. My dream has not come true yet but maybe someday!

  78. LOL! TOO Funny! Thanks for a good laugh.
    Your home is BEAUTIFUL!

  79. I can see why “nobody” would want to l ive there! What a gorgeous home and a country lifestyle is the best! I have an “I don’t know” that lives here when asked who did something. He’s best friends with “nobody” as in nobody wants to ever help me with anything around here. Every once in a while, they’re met with “that’s it, I’m on strike!” LOL Hugs, Leena

  80. I just found you and subscribed. I am a 73 year old mother…who had to LOL at your story about “Nobody”…at first I didn’t catch on…and when I did I had to really LOL. Brought so many memories back to me. Your place is beautiful…you and your husband have provided the ideal setting to raise your children and nourish your marriage. I will be checking your other blogs as your interior seems to be what I would have wished for years ago.
    Warmly, Mary (The Old Elf – a follower of J.R.R. Tolkien)

  81. The quiet beauty of your home becons the heart of city dwellers to return to the serenity of what was viewed as times past. The decor is surprisingly like the vacation home my family and I enjoyed for a week on Whidbey Island, WA three years ago… it felt like a trip back in time to grandma’s house! It was hard to part with that
    beautiful place, but when we left, “nobody” was firmly scrunched in the car with us! Thank you for sharing,

  82. Well, I am so glad that you made the move to the country and into the hearts of all us bloggers!! You home is amazing and your blog one of my favorites! Happy New Year!