|Cannon Beach, Oregon|
* in a hotel
* in a tent
* in a guest room
* in a small corner of a church
in Scotland (many summers)
And I do this whether we stay for one night or one month. I always need a little home.
In college, (ages ago) I was quite mesmerized by Edith Schaeffer's book on creativity and homemaking, Hidden Art. Edith traveled the world with her theologian husband and her four children.
I wanted to be just like her when I grew up ... and I was. This is the way I have been traveling for many years. At first I did it to provide continuity for my kids, and now I do it for me. (Dave likes it, too.)
When packing to leave home, you will always find these items tucked in my bag:
* a candle or two
* several small cloth napkins
in different colors, to use
as mini tablecloths
* my Bible and a few favorite books
* a few current magazines
* a favorite mug and my tea
* a pretty throw blanket
As soon as I arrive, I happily putter around creating a home.
1. I remove everything I do not like - the phone book, all the paper advertising you find in a hotel room, the water bottles that cost $5. I tuck them in one of the dresser drawers.
2. I open the curtains.
3. If the bedspread is ugly, I fold it down.
4. I lay out the colorful napkins as tablecloths. Maybe one on the bedside table and one on the desk. Out come my candles, books, magazines, mug and blanket.
5. If my stay is for a couple of nights, I will purchase a small plant or some pretty cut flowers.
6. I have been known to do a tiny rearrange of the furniture. Why not angle the comfy chair so it faces the window? (Please note ~ I do not move furniture if I am a guest in someone's home.)
Hey, 15 minutes of happy puttering and voila ... it feels like home.
It is fun and easy and oh so worth it. Have fun creating a home away from home.
ps. I like to pack this guy in my bag, too.
image credit: photos are from our little cabin on the ocean at Ecola Bible School, where Dave was teaching and I was creating a home.