Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Work Place

For years my work place was a desk in an office
Sometimes with windows which had a view
but more often not
Light was florescent 

I'm fortunate for at Linderhof I have two places to "work"
One upstairs in the sunroom off the master bedroom
A room with two walls of windows 
Because it's on the second floor
in the summer, I feel as if I'm in the treetops
And I can watch the traffic down below
And see the rain
And see the snow
And see the blow
(which it often does on the prairie)

And my other work place

Is this desk in the corner of the living room
It's bright and sunny
And I can watch the traffic from my left
And on the right is the side garden
Right now the burning bush is a brilliant red
And the dogwood has some nice copper tones
So it looks like fall!

My little computer is here
A light for illumination
at night or on dark and dreary days

And old carriage clock keeps track of time
And pictures keep me company
Daughter Sarah, Grandgirl Lucy, Aunt Matt (for whom I was named)
My mother, aunt and uncle as children . . .
And a relative of Husband Jim's but we know not who!

And always a plant or some flowers in the corner
Today's is my newest orchid
Bought just today!
A wee orchid in an old blue and white wee pot
It's called an ice orchid
Not because it's an icy white
But because once a week you drop an ice cube in it
(That's how you water it!)
(We'll see how good that method is! --
I may be a short lived orchid
For I would think that the ice would be chilling on tender roots.

It's a pleasant corner
To write letters by hand
To write blog posts and columns for the newspapers
And the fire is at my back
So on chilly days like this
it's a warm corner.

Much more pleasant than my workplaces of old!


Lottie said...

What a beautiful post Martha! My office for years and years was in a library surrounded by books but not a single window. My desk now is in the front room by a large window where I can see the street and the mailman walk by and the school bus roar by and the crisp leaves from trees flutter by. As Dorothy said, "There's no place like home!"

Rebecca said...

That IS a pleasant corner! (But then, your entire HOUSE is pleasant - and so much more.....)

You've inspired me to create a more inviting work place. Right now I basically "work" from my recliner with laptop on my lap...

I've had "intentions" before; now I have inspiration! Maybe in 2014 I'll have an actual work place.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

This looks delightful, especially with the comfortable looking chair to sit in. I have some of those ice cube orchids, but I always just water them with water once a week. I should make ice, but I never use it.

GardenOfDaisies said...

it is so nice to have a good view, to watch the world go by as you work. It is interesting to hear that orchids like ice. They are tropical plants, so I never would have guessed.