This question is from Mahinui
(Best done with a partner who reads this out loud to you and records your answers) You get all relaxed, lying on a recliner, eyes closed, having sipped on a cup of your favorite tea.
Now, imagine yourself walking along a path, a fragrant path, with a shimmery lake in the distance. Along the path, there is a walk up to a house. This is your secret house and your secret garden.
Tell me about the garden path. Is it windy? Straight? paved? Mossy? Are there steps? Shady? Sunny? Dappled? Tell me all about it!
The path through my secret garden is not really windy, it just slightly curves around so that the approach to my secret home is slow and subtle. There are trees and woods around, enough that it’s shady, but not so much that there’s not some sunshine coming through to light the way and lend a feeling of peace and tranquility.
As I walk down the path, I am surrounded by color: wild flowers in their bright hues, ferns in soft green, and fallen logs that host moss and hidden fauna. It’s peaceful and inviting, and even offers an intriguing boulder for resting and pondering the beauty of nature.
Now you can see your front door. What color is it? Is there a knocker? A door bell? Potted plants? Hanging baskets? Windows to see and out? Tell me all about it!
As I round the curve and approach my porch, the trees give way, but flowers and ferns are even more abundant. I’ve planted some around the house to form an entry – some in the rich garden soil and some in old pots and containers I’ve collect.
As I step on the porch there are more plants, sitting on the steps and hanging from the porch rafters. Also hanging from the rafters is a big,old-fashioned porch swing. I’m imagining my front door being red – dark red, calm and warm. I don’t have a door bell – they’re too intrusive. There is an old door knocker, but it’s seldom used – most guests just give a holler and come on in.
Now you open the door. Was it locked so you used a key, or was it unlocked? When you walk in, what do you see? Tell me all about what it looks like, smells like. The furniture. The view. Where is the kitchen? The bedroom? Is there a bedroom? Details! Details!
My door is unlocked, so I walk in and breathe in the familiar scent of home – a mixture from the cut flowers adorning my mantle, the vanilla from my candles, freshly baked bread, and just a hint of last night’s chicken. My living room is small and cozy, with old, over-stuffed furniture offering a soft place to rest and relax. The kitchen opens off of the LR, with a antique table in the middle, so that no one misses out on anything. There’s lots of modern everything, in the kitchen, to aid in serving up delicious and delectable meals. There’s also plenty of brick, iron, wood and antiques to keep it cozy and inviting.
Out the the windows at the back of my house I have a marvelous view of my patio and the lake, just a short distance beyond. It’s a beautiful day, so I open the French doors and let in the fresh air. I’m tempted to sit down in one of my Adirondack chairs and take a nap, or maybe make my way to my comfy bed in the loft upstairs, but company’s coming for dinner and I’ve got work to do. :-D
Now that you are here, are you alone? Do you want to invite anyone over, or are there things you want to do here first?
Surprise! There are people coming over for dinner. Is it a potluck? Are you cooking? Having a caterer? Picking up ready made? what’s for dinner? Who’s coming? How many people? Eating in or outdoors?
My “best friend” is coming for dinner, and another couple – two of our very best friends. The menu is simple – steaks cooked on the grill, baked potatoes, a salad and some hot, fresh garlic bread – so there’s not much for me to do. I’ve got a bottle of wine chilling, but I’d better make it two – I feel rather celebratory.
Oh, another surprise. Something happened today that was unexpected and mind boggling, and you absolutely love it. In fact, this is life changing. What happened?
I fell in love. :-D
This was a long one, I think it should count for
2 5 questions.