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Readers reply to my "homebodies" column. If you missed it, it's at the end of today's reader comments.
"Suzanne, we are kindred spirits! I do enjoy going out once in awhile, but my favorite times are at home. I love an opportunity to read, knit, play piano, or try to paint. It is fun to stream a good series with my husband. Lately, I have been much too busy with social obligations outside the house and I am missing my at home time. I do love to travel, and once in awhile, as I am sure you do, we partake of some 'cultural' activity. But you are right, the simple pleasures at home are the best! And it is especially fun when the kids come for a visit."--Gerri D.
"I enjoyed your column today. My husband and I are also homebodies. I sew and read. He gardens, makes wine and beer, and is in the process of moving the wine making supplies out of an extra bedroom into a separate building. We also each work outside the home 40 hours a week. So we love 'staycations' where we vacation at home and work on projects. My family loves to travel. My parents, sisters (and their spouses), and my husband's brother (and his wife), love going places and seeing new things. They don't really understand why we don't travel more. I love reading about someone else 'who enjoys the warmth and simple pleasures of being at home.'"--Jerilyn
If you need an "okay" to love being at home, here's my column...
I'm finally at peace with the fact that my husband and I have become homebodies. I don't know why I struggled accepting the label. It could be because one dictionary defines 'homebody' as: "a person who likes to stay at home, especially one who is perceived as unadventurous." But I'm going with Urban Dictionary's definition instead: "a person who enjoys the warmth and simple pleasures of being at home."
The past few years I'd tell myself my husband and I should be getting tickets to watch a play, we should be attending a concert, we should be going out to dinner, and to the Farmers Market on Saturday, because there's always something to do in Sarasota. Every Thursday I read through the "Ticket," an insert in the newspaper that lists page-after-page of what's going on in the city. Sometimes I'll even circle an event or cut out an ad and put it on the refrigerator, but rarely do my husband and I actually follow through. For some reason we find enough satisfaction in reading about the events and imagining ourselves being there.
Because, the truth is, my husband and I simply enjoy being with each other at home. Yes, we're homebodies who love our house, our five cats, the flower gardens, the bubbles, our grandchildren frequently visit, I love sewing quilts and my husband owns guitars, a keyboard and drums. No--we don't go out much--because the best event is right in our own home, and being together in the same room, feels like we're always sitting in the best seats in town.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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AUTHORBUZZ: WICKED HOT: A MacKenzie Family Novel (Fiction) by Gennita Low
Mashing up my world with another author's characters is a privilege and I am honored to be given this privilege by Liliana Hart with her MacKenzie family. I wanted to explore an end-of-the-road story. A close family starting anew without their matriarch. Lovers needing a change in their lives. A rogue SEAL heading for a dead end and knowing it.
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