Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Where I Write

writing space

Once upon a time, I lived with Helen, my grandmother.  She liked to tell stories, especially when we were gathered around the dining room table-her recollections of the past seeming to follow most often on the heels of coffee and cake, or a nice ham.  After she passed away, I was lucky to inherit not her dining room table, but her desk, where she’d often sat, writing letters or paying bills.  I like to think her spirit still resides in that desk, the ancient worn surfaces of wood and brass guiding my thoughts as I write my own stories.

On my laptop

I think my grandma would approve.

 

 

I’m linking up with my friend Melissa, today-writing about the place where I write.

27 comments:

  1. Oh Valerie I LOVE that desk and I am positive your Grandmother is right there with you smiling. Funny I sometimes feel my Grandmother with me while I write she was a great storyteller too, We are lucky. B

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  2. We are lucky B! I'm glad we both had such wonderful Grandmother's-and that we found each other too:)

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  3. Such a lovely, calm space. I have envy. And your Grandmother's desk... oh, my heart.

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    1. Thanks Cam! I'm so glad you like my grandma's desk:)

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  4. What a beautiful spot in which to collect and record your thoughts whilst feeling close to your Grandmother...I very much suspect your Grandmother would be delighted.

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    1. Jacqueline, what a lovely thing for you to say, and I think so too:)

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    1. Thanks a million! That means a lot coming from you, because I love you style too!

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  6. So simple, yet so inspiring. Love it, Valerie!

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    1. Thanks, my dear! I love that you think so:)

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  7. A perfect nook for the muse to sit by your side.

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    1. Thanks Mandy! It's comforting to know that my grandma's spirit keeps that muse in line, too;)

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  8. Valerie -- What a nice space! It makes want to sit down and chat over tea and cookies. I love that you are using your grandma's desk. My office doesn't contain an inherited desk, but I do have an old loveseat made with horsehair. It's a bit faded, but oddly very comfortable.

    Thanks for sharing this:~)

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    1. Sara-thanks! I'd love to see a photo of your horsehair sofa-it sounds deliciously old fashioned! And tea and cookies and a nice chat with you sound wonderful, my friend!

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  9. It's the perfect writing nook! No wonder you are so creative :-)

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    1. Thanks Lisa-that's such a nice compliment!!

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  10. You must have very strong fingers to type on that machine. A beautiful writing corner!

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    1. Dawn, Thanks, and that is so true! A laptop is much easier to use, but not nearly as pretty to look at as my old Remington Rand:)

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  11. What a lovely memory and what a great desk! Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Paul, thank you so much-and I appreciate that you stopped by!

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  12. That desk is so gorgeous and a wonderful way to remember your grandma! I know she would approve of your using it and your amazing writing :)

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    1. Thanks Tammy! What a sweet comment!! :)

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  13. You are so fun! Your picture took me back to my grandmother that lived right next door. She was neat as a pin and my Mom wasn't. I tend to follow my Gramma Stella ways. Your shelf and furnishings look like they are straight out of her home. Awh, thanks for the memories! (not that old Bob Hope theme song) but real memories.

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    1. Renae-thanks for sharing that morsel of your own family history! And I love the fact that my stuff looks like it came out of your Gramma Stella's house-that's the highest praise ever!

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  14. Valerie your writing space seems so much like you!

    I love the desk and the story behind it is even better! I inherited quite a bit from my Great-Grandmas including a table and chairs (with yellow cushions that are more on the eccentric side than tacky), jewelry armoire with some jewelry and a lot of miscellaneous things. My favorite thing about inherited pieces is that they tell a story about someone you love and miss dearly.

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  15. What a beautiful writing space! In our next house I want my own space.

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  16. Thanks, my friend! As talented as you are, you need your own space!!

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