There’s nothing like a fall morning in the country.

You can see the sun rising early in the morning across the back field with its amazing color pallet and smell fall in the wind.

And as the leaves fall and the sunlight slowly filters in through the windows I tiptoe into the kitchen….pour myself a cup of coffee…..

….and wake up the house.

Family Room Thistlewood Farm

Some people talk to their plants.

Some people talk to their pets.

I talk to my house.

And first thing in the morning, when all the house is silent….

….before four children need lunch money or hair bows tied or permission slips signed or family fun night forms filled out or great discussions on why Abraham Lincoln was such a great president or that president is spelled  p_r_e_s_i_d_e_n_t   not   p_r_e_c_e_d_e_n_t.


Before chaos reigns.

When all is still.

And it’s just me and the house.

I wake it up.


I tiptoe quietly from room to room….

…..and turn on one lamp, then another.

I karate chop a pillow here or there.

Maybe even pick up a backpack or homework or tiny piece of paper or cheerio or a toothbrush or….

……a stinky sock or two.


Sometimes if the house and I are feeling extra adventurous….

…..I open the french doors and let the morning right in.

And say….welcome to the world little house.

 A new day has begun.


But that’s only on special days.

That’s only when we are feeling really crazy.

My house and I.


And after the pillows are fluffed and the lights are on.

And the stinky socks are picked up and another morning begins.

It’s a new day.

I can feel the house smile at me.


But today I was busy.

Today I didn’t have time.

Today I didn’t have an extra second to talk.

So I gave it a cursory wave and went on my way.


Next week there will be more time.

Time to savor the morning and wake up the house properly.

Time for salutations and conversation.

I’m looking forward to it.

After all, I really want to talk about the new season of Dancing With the Stars…..

….and I’m sure the house has a big opinion. 🙂

PS  Hope to see you at The Chapel Market!

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  1. Image for Jaime Costiglio Jaime Costiglio

    KA such a nice compilation of your home in one succinct post. I too talk to my house but only because she's super old (1740) and I want to make sure she's okay, feeling loved and cared for. I believe you have to embrace your home in order for it to love you back. We are a tiny bit off our rockers :)

  2. Image for Sarah (20State) Sarah (20State)

    Beautifully worded, you always make me look at the routine in a less mundane way! I am proud to say, my house spoke to me today. She asked to be vacuumed and mopped and defluffed. What madam wants, madam gets...even if I totally had the sulks doing it.

  3. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Good Morning, Miz karianne.....this reminds me of my old house when my children were young. The big, 3 level house and it's "yard" had been carved out of the middle of 5 acres of trees...big, tall, stately trees. Along the East side, between the kitchen and garage, was this sweet little covered, screened porch. On beautiful early mornings I would get up early, much before anyone else was awake, and sit out there. So peaceful. So quiet. And one day I heard it. It began as a gentle rustling among the trees, as if they had started waking up, too. As I listened, I soon recognized that soft whisper, so familiar to me. It was that same gentle, caressing sound within my heart and soul.....the Voice of the Lord as He Walked among those trees, loving them, like he loved me. I cherished those early mornings with Him and nature. We don't live there anymore, and we don't have that many trees around our house. But when it's really quiet, and I listen closely, I can still hear Him as He walks through nature, touching and encouraging everything that breathes. Even me. I still cherish those special moments as I witness first hand the Spirit as He moves about my life. Safe trip and happy adventuring at The Chapel Market, karianne.

    1. Image for Toby Morris Toby Morris

      Very beautifully and spiritually written. More people should stop what they're doing and soak in the scenery and sounds around them. Just be still and quiet and know Him. Thank you for taking us back to what's important.

  4. Image for Amy w Amy w

    Karianne, I always love your posts and the lovely people who comment. Thank you Sharon H for your comments this morning. Wish the Chapel market was on the East Coast!

  5. Image for Denton Denton

    INSIDER STORY I could write a lot more about this, but suffice it to say: Sometimes Mom and the house sleep in a bit later than the rest of us :)

  6. Image for cara cara

    More poor house has been neglected for a while. I love this and remember those mornings oh so well...especially as the coffee pot was grumble at the end of the brewing. See you at the chapel soon.

  7. Image for Daphne Daphne

    I adore your home and decorating style. I stumbled upon your blog while I was pinning some of your home photos onto my Pinterest board. I realized that the photos I was pinning were all coming from the same source and had to check out your blog. After looking through more of your photos, it was confirmed that I should subscribe to your blog. I now look forward to receiving alerts that you've posted a new blog post. I want to jump through my computer screen and live in your house! Thank you so much for all of the inspiration.

  8. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Love getting a glimpse of so many rooms in your gorgeous home! You paint lovely pictures with your words and I look forward to reading your blog every morning.

  9. Image for Suzanne @ Le Farm Suzanne @ Le Farm

    Bonjour! I also spend quiet time with my home...if I'm quiet, then I can dream. "The house shelters day dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace." Gaston Bachelard. BTW...I love reading you! And your pictures are simply scrumptious! Suzanne@ Le Farm

  10. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    You can tell that you love your house....the pictures show that. And the house loves you back, because it protects you and your family. Have fun this lots of new friends! ;)

  11. Image for Angela Angela

    I adore this story! I do the same thing in the's my favorite time of day when everyone and everything is still asleep and I slowly wake up my world! Tomorrow, I will think of when when I pour that first cup and turn on the first light! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.~~Angela

  12. Image for Gloria Gloria

    Your home is so lovely and so are you! I too talk to my house. Every morning when I leave for work I take a look back and say "goodbye house, see you later". There is no place like home! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  13. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    What a lovely post to go with a lovely house and gal! Thanks for sharing all with us! Have a great show!

  14. Image for Judy Judy

    Morning...Your home is so gorgeous! Your so blessed to live in the country! I noticed your beautiful area rugs, could you tell me where you purchased them? Thanks

  15. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    I would talk to that spectacular house as well, if I were you! It is so pretty! Have fun at the Chapel! Wish I could be there but a bit too far from Michigan :( Linda

  16. Image for Renae Renae

    I do the same thing, I just didn't know it!! I love it when things are orderly and neat. I don't even care so much about the dust or if the carpet needs vacuumed. But to have things just so and to have order before the day begins makes everything go so much more smoothly. Loved this and happy to know I'm not the only one!

  17. Image for Petra Petra

    Thank you for sharing gorgeous photos of your lovely home :-) I had a cottage once, in New Zealand (my home) that I talked to and fluffed up in the mornings! It was so very sad to sell and leave it, and tho' our relationship was short-lived, and as I was the last person to leave, when no-one was looking, I touched the walls and thanked it for keeping us happy and safe. Some homes evoke that relationship don't they? I hope I find another home to have a special relationship with like you do with yours.

  18. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    I loved walking through your home with you, I don't tiptoe well. I tend to wobble quite a bit and tend to spill my coffee. Of course, I spill my coffee when I sit still. Just be thankful I'm walking through your home electronically, at least that way you don't have to clean up any coffee droplets! I do appreciate you sharing your gorgeous home with me. I truly love your style!

  19. Image for maryJean maryJean

    My husband bought me the magazine Holiday Cottage last night. I was looking through it and I saw your beautiful house in its pages! I had no idea "you" would be in there. What a delightful surprise. (:

  20. Image for Dawna Dawna

    I found you via Holiday Cottage. I am do glad I did! I have enjoyed your writing style and of course your home photos!

  21. Image for Rhonda Rhonda

    This was a lovely blog the first time but why are you reposting it? Please post more tutorials! How about Halloween DIYs?

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