Yesterday Peggy came into my office while the room was thrown helter-skelter and offered this condolence: “I liked this house because it finally gave you a place where you can work without being disturbed and look what’s happened: the whole house is sorted out and the last room to get any attention is your office.” I just smiled and reassured her that my first priority was that she be happy in her new home and that’s the way I feel. It doesn’t change the fact that I’ve been delaying tackling this project until now and I guess it’s time to bite the bullet But the office is still in a state of upset.
This is one room I’m not going to post photos of:
- It’s my private space
- It’s always messy
- Furniture still isn’t in it’s longterm place and to be brutally honest, I’m not sure there will ever be a permanent place for anything. The very nature of my office has always been “A State of Flux”
— but let me say that this home decoration is completely different from any we’ve done previously.
In the past I’ve always wanted my space to be just a little more ‘finished’ than what has become my apparent goal for this house in South Texas. Don’t get me wrong. I like nice things. In the past Peg & I have looked long and hard for just the right pieces; we literally combed every furniture store in a 50 mile area in search of just the right piece to go here or there… but that seems a lifetime ago and I haven’t the foggiest idea why we were so particular. Somehow, when I was working, I was willing to work hard for those extra special ’nice’ things.
This home, and I suspect a lot of the mobile homes in S. Texas fit into a different category. People arrive here looking for a different “kind” of home than they would if they were back where they came from. Here they want what amounts to a “vacation home” regardless how much time they plan on spending here. They want easy move in, minimal hauling of possessions with them each year, and a more basic approach to life. I think that applies to us as well.
- We acknowledge that this is a short term solution — a few years — maybe more, maybe less.
- Many mobile homes sold down here are sold furnishings complete — down to plates, silverware, and shelving
- We have approached our decorating with equal attention to ease and light weight than we ever would have done our younger days.
I don’t have a fancy office but I use it a lot. And I like to play with images (which I haven’t been doing much for the last 5 years) so even in the coach we hauled a lot of electronics with us. Most of it is getting older — aren’t we all. 😃☺️😜 My point being that like any other electronic installation there are wires galore and a lot of electronic heat. What I did in the coach simply isn’t a good long terms solution — It was fairly common for my Time Machines to say they were overheating.
Surprisingly they never let me down; but every time that monitor light went from green to yellow I got nervous. So, it was important this time around to make sure that there was more air circulation and more SPACE around all those little boxes. It’s also the reason I insisted on a ceiling fan in this room too. I don’t need the “cool” to sleep, but my good old friends my computers needed to be comfortable too!
48 hours after that comment from Peggy I can say that the office is functional. With my “good” office chair from Milwaukee, some shelves, and drawers I can retreat to that room and tinker, and think, and ponder — happily. Oh, there are still a few things that aren’t settled. They’ll come along as I use the room. I’ve never been afraid to tweak things.
And you know what? I didn’t even need a measuring tape. The room, as visualized in my head, came together pretty much as hoped. Feelin’ good.
Ok, that’s enough glowing about what’s basically “just a room.” Thanks for stopping, tomorrow will be about something completely different. So, why not stop and see what we’re up to!