If you came to our house--You would see:
Many interesting textures and multiple tableaux of things:
Curtains tied up to the curtain rod by raffia. My pottery and pitcher collection atop the TV armoire; A very old color TV; feathers in an old spool displayed like flowers in a vase; Old World framed map; map of the state birds of America; Cello, mandolin, guitar, banjo or other instruments standing about; percussion instruments on shelves; baskets on shelves of musical instruments, some from various parts of the country and world; small heirloom tea set from my grandmothers on a tall bookshelf; Harvard classics; Set of Waverly Novels; framed photos of people and places taken by family members, including a couple of large family portraits; stacks of books down on the floor and coffee table, as well as many bookshelves in nearly all the rooms of our cottage; miniature books; dried herbs hanging up-side-down, tied to a stick-bar hanging from a shelf; Americana; butter churn, large crocks, washboard; washtub bass - really! paintbrushes in a small pitcher for a table centerpiece; Local Handcrafted pottery; Ansel Adams Prints in the bathroom; many unfinished projects which one might not notice upon first glance! My collection of red-handled, old kitchen tools hanging all 'round the top of the wall near the ceiling for decoration; thrift store furniture that you'd not recognize as thrift store furniture; calendars, artifacts, books, and little trinkets from trips to various countries; sand and shells from various beaches, some foreign (Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Caribbean seas); Nature baskets with neat little finds displayed; an old bucket filled with bean bags and beanie babies for friends with small children who visit. They can do bean bag toss or just play with the beanies; a vase or two of wildflowers in season; old books everywhere; A white board in the family room for my Spanish classes; Our orange, fluffy kitties "Tigger" and our grey-striped "Mittens." A large, wooden sword made for a British Lit. class. It stands in a "sculpted" hand hanging on our wall; Art posters from Florence, Italy. Spanish Language Magazines on the coffee table, along with Smithsonian Magazines and a couple of poetry books, Texas Wildflower books.
We'd probably feed you:
New Mexico roasted Green Chile, Greek Food or Veggie stir-fry, then finish the meal off with Brownies.
And offer you this to drink:
Filtered water, or Freshly brewed coffee, espresso, or tea.
We'd undoubtedly ask if you'd read:
Billy Collins' poetry, William Faulkner, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Emerson, Thoreau, or Louisa May Alcott.
We'd want to play this music for you:
Original guitar or mandolin music, played on one of the mandolins that hubby made from scratch. Classical music station or Celtic music, depending on the mood. If you came early while I was still tidying up for your visit, you would catch me cleaning to Paul Simon's live album in Central Park, which is a wonderful compilation of many of his best songs, some set to African Drumming.
We'd want to tell you the latest about:
Our experiences with blackberry picking and preserving this year. Our plans for the upcoming homeschool year and what you may be planning, as well. We could discuss politics a little bit and talk about how we plan to save gas by making fewer trips into town and downgrading to a smaller, more economical car or even a scooter. Just don't go into town! I strongly disagree with my president. Don't shop more than absolutely *necessary!* JUST say NO to daily driving!! hahaha. Most of America just cannot do that.
We'd probably suggest a game of:
Nerts or Mexican Train (dominoes) although we really don't play many games, but are game if others are!
We might show off:
Our cool espresso maker from Italy, restored vintage books, homemade instruments, home made tools, other projects like blackberry jam or pear butter, LOL.
We might get on the computer and show you:
We would not get on the computer while you are here, not unless we were so curious about something that we just had to "Google" it right away; you know - for song lyrics or a recipe or something of immediate import.
If it was a long enough visit, we might watch:
each other play and sing music together, hymns and gospel music, old songs, whatever! We would not bust out a movie until your second or other subsequent visit.
UPDATE: p.s. In the kids' rooms:
Boys: football pictures, hammocks, legos, airsoft guns, desks and old laptops.
DD: hand-painted projects by her friends and herself. Dried flowers. Italian "PACE" rainbow flag. bulletin board of favorite cards and notes from friends. a few band posters or pictures. Stacks of books everywhere, everywhere.
What would a visit to your house be like?
I tag Donna Jean, if she's not too busy, TeacherBrit, or Señora Smith! You're it!