Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Home is the nicest word there is."

That quote is from Laura Ingalls Wilder. And home is where I am going!!!
I moved away from home about twenty-six years ago. Home is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I followed my sister across the state to Philadelphia and stayed there until 2002 and then moved to Florida with my now ex-husband. I've been here about nine years. I go home three times a year and always have a hard time re-adjusting to my life when I leave. It took me a long time to realize that I always feel away from home and not HOME. Yes, I like my little apartment here, the near constant sunshine and my awesome friends. I like the winter here because I don't have to scrape the ice off my car windows in the morning before I go to work. I like the little lizards that dart across the sidewalk in front of you when you walk. It's a miracle I never stepped on one. I love the beautiful jacaranda trees in the spring.
(this image from Google)

I love the birds!
But I want to go home!
Home is where my mom and dad still are. Home is where my brother and sisters are. Home is where the Pittsburgh Steelers are. I want to eat chipped ham and drink pop. Not really, I just wanted to say "pop." I want see fall again. I want to buy sweaters and sit in front of a fire when it is cold. But most of all I want to be with my family again. Not just three times a year but any time I want.
My mother made this beautiful quilt hanging of our home in 1982. She still lives here and this is where I am going.
She even included our old boxer and the gifts he left in the yard.
I've been packing and packing! O-M-Gosh, I have so much stuff! I am driving with my dad and all my belongings next weekend from Florida to Pennsylvania. Not looking forward to the the drive but I can't wait to get home.
I won't be able to blog for the next couple weeks but as soon as I have internet I'll be back.
So, I'll see you when I get HOME!  


  1. Sue, this made me cry!!! I'm so glad you're coming home!


  2. What a wonderful piece! I love your mom's pic and I am so sad to see you leave but VERY happy for you!!! You will be MISSED! So happy there is internet and you are never more than a click away. Hopefully you can now come here at least three times a year! :)

  3. A beautiful entry Susan, so heartfelt and genuine! I am SO excited for you!!!! We wish you many blessings on your new adventure!!

  4. We are so excited that you are following your heart and your dreams!

  5. Blessings on your journey home. I wish you the best there. I was born in Pittsburgh as well, but only lived there until I was five. After that we visited every year until my grandparents passed. I spent my first two years in my grandparents' home, because my parents lived with them after the war. When I read books as a child, I always pictured the home in the story as my grandparents' home. I can see those pictures to this day. Home: what a concept.

  6. Thanks for your good wishes and lovely comments everyone. I'm very excited to be going home!

  7. Susan, I just blogged about my Birdsong tag book. Your little embroidered bird is just SWEET! If you would like to see how it looks combined with the other tags you can see it here: