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!

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  1. Image for judy judy

    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!

  2. Image for Beverly Beverly

    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.

  3. Image for Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life

    "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!! :-)

  4. Image for Angie Rice Angie Rice

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

  5. Image for Sandy Sandy

    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.

    1. Image for gina gina

      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!

  6. Image for Gee Gee

    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

  7. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    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 a very nice family and home! Thanks for the giggle! ;)

  8. Image for Anne Presley 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.

  9. Image for Susan Susan

    Your post reminded me of this poem from my childhood. Mr. Nobody BY ANONYMOUS 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)

  10. Image for Angela Angela

    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

  11. Image for Linda Linda

    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

  12. Image for Linda P Linda P

    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.

  13. Image for Tanya Tanya

    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

  14. Image for Lynn in FL Lynn in FL

    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 wasn't me!" Or, Grammie, somebody broke your 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 wouldn't mind, would you, Karianne????

  15. Image for Beth Beth

    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.

  16. Image for Rosemary Rosemary

    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. ( :

  17. Image for Regina Regina

    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! :)

  18. Image for Kim Jones Kim Jones

    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 :)

  19. Image for shirl' anderson shirl' anderson

    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!

  20. Image for Zolane Zolane

    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 :)

  21. Image for Diane | An Extraordinary Day Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    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 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! :D

  22. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    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 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 always write the cutest stories!

  23. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    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

  24. Image for The Tablescaper The Tablescaper

    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

  25. Image for Tina Tina

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

  26. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    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. Jeannie

  27. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    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. Cynthia

  28. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    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!

  29. Image for Cristina Cristina

    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!! XOXO, CRIS

  30. Image for karen karen

    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.

  31. Image for Cindy Cindy

    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

  32. Image for Patty O Patty O

    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!

  33. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

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

  34. Image for Diane Diane

    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

  35. Image for Sarah {20 State} Sarah {20 State}

    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!

  36. Image for Judi Judi

    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

  37. Image for rita cain rita cain

    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 :)

  38. Image for Pinky Pinky

    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

  39. Image for Zuni @ chickadeehomenest Zuni @ chickadeehomenest

    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

  40. Image for Marty@A Stroll Thru Life Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    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

  41. Image for Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs

    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!

  42. Image for Leena Lanteigne Leena Lanteigne

    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

  43. Image for Mary Stone Mary Stone

    I just found you and subscribed. I am a 73 year old mother...who had to LOL at your story about "Nobody" 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 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)

  44. Image for Frances Taylor Frances Taylor

    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, Frances

  45. Image for Dawna Dawna

    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!

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