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Tour of the Semicolon Home

Posted by Sherry on 7/28/2006 in Family, General |

front doorI’m a little late because it took me all week to get Computer Guru Son, who has also turned into Camera Guru Son, to take the pictures for me and load them into the computer. However, I wanted to participate in BooMama’s Tour of Homes. I always say that the purpose of inviting people over to my house is to make them feel better about their own housekeeping abilities, so enjoy the lived-in look.

We begin with the front door. I wanted to paint it red or bright yellow or green, but I was overruled by Engineer Husband who’s into basic browns, whites and tans. The goose hanging on the door says, “Welcome!”

living room

Next we enter the living room. Most people notice the wallpaper map on the wall. It was our Christmas present to ourselves several years ago, and we spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day hanging the wallpaper over the paneling. The map and several built-in bookcases and our lack of financial wherewithal are the reasons we can never, never leave this house and buy another. You can’t take it with you, you know.

gameroom

The gameroom is where we begin to really get the ambience of a Semicolon home. Note the cereal bowl that was not returned to the kitchen after breakfast, the book left forlorn and forsaken on the table, the half-used bottle of citrus drink, the toys in plastic buckets, the general family-friendly decor. Neither of the computers you see in the gameroom is mine. My computer blogging area is in my bedroom.

desk

I know. It’s way too messy and cluttered and Fly-Lady and Don Aslett and any other cleaning gurus that you could name would never approve. But it’s my space, and the kids say I spend way too much time here. The bed next to the desk, barely visible in the picture, is where I usually read. Did I ever mention that I have lots of books? In the bookshelf you can see some of my treasures. The other treasures are my children. The younger set wanted to be photographed with the house, but the older set vetoed that idea. The Elders said it was bad enough to have our house displayed on the internet for all to see.

kitchen

Finally, we circle back to the kitchen. I’d love to invite you in for a snack and a glass of Texas iced tea. (That’s what’s in the pitcher.) Oh, I also want fire engine red countertops, but I haven’t managed to save up the money yet. Nor have I convinced anyone else that it would be really fun and inspiring to have red countertops. Sometimes these campaigns take a long time.

I’m glad you came over for a visit. Now that we’ve done the whirlwind tour, let’s sit down and talk about books and kids and God and life and education and whatever makes us think and gives us joy. Oh, yeah, that’s what we do here at the blog. Y’all come back now, you hear?

ADDED LATER: For those who are interested, this map appears to be the same one we have on our living room wall.
And here’s a different one that I thought was nice.

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