Monday, November 1, 2010


My husband and I own a farm. On our 16 acres are three houses. One we live in, and the other two were kept rented, to cover our mortgage and taxes. A couple of months ago we decided to see if we can survive without renting the little house. It's a two room "bungalow", or cabin, or efficiency. On September 1, 2010, it officially became known as the "Oongalow". And as such, I moved in to my very own studio!

I now have a place to go and create and get lost in my work, not have to hear the phone ring and spend hours that fly like minutes, only to regret that it's time to go back to the house.

What a magical place I've been given! Down the rutted road, under the ancient, leaning trees, to the little cabin with the aged siding that blends so perfectly into it's natural surroundings, and truly looks as if it's always been there or that it had been planted and simply grew there.
Out onto the deck, you can lose your breath, it's so beautiful! There, right there, Right There is the creek that flows and eddys right at your feet. There's the sand bar with the phantom wild flowers that just pop up, brought down the stream by some storm or happy, pooping, little bird. I listen to the woodpeckers, the blue jays, the house wrens and watch the flocks of wood ducks that fly up into the trees and then fly up and off to the far bank when I open the sliding door to get a better look. The other day hubby and I watched a pair of great blue herons fly over, on their way south.

I am sometimes greeted by the kayakers and canoers who paddle past on their way to the estuary and out to the sea.
This, this gift, this is what happiness means to me.


Shelinwa said...

Hey Judy
Thank you for that neat look into your life. LOVE IT
Wht a blessing to have your oun place to create.

Grannie Annie said...

Judy ~ You are truly blessed twice once because you are and again because you're grateful for it. How wonderful to hear from someone who appreciates what they have.

Tammy said...

Judy, what a little piece of heaven you have. It feels like a haven. I am so jealous. What a wonderful treat to have your own studio and to have such a view. I would be daydreaming all the time and get nothing done. Who wouldn't be happy in such a setting. It is such a serene looking place. Thank you for sharing it.

Magpie said...

Oh my gosh, I haven't seen any of the other entries yet, but I'm thinking you just might win the happy-prize this week! This place is fabulous! That creek with the softly flowing water is enough all on it's own. It's wonderful that you appreciate what a great thing you have!

WrightStuff said...

Oh Judy what a lovely post and an incredible you place you live in. Thank you for sharing your studio. I'm amazed! It is so beautiful!

artangel said...

What a perfect and peaceful place Judy! Just looking at it makes me feel quite serene, I can certainly see why it makes you happy :)

priti.lisa said...

Judy, you are blessed...and grateful...the perfect combination :)
What a beautiful retreat!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are ONE LUCKY LADY. This is beautiful, serene, and extremely inspirational. I think you have been blessed and I can see why this is a perfect "Happiness" post. It sure would be for me!!

Carola Bartz said...

This sounds like some kind of paradise to me. Very beautiful. You are truly blessed. Thank you for sharing with us.

Amanda said...

I come to your site from Inspiration Avenue and your post is wonderful. Not only the pictures but your story is what puts it all together. Your happiness is very inspiring!

gemma said...

Your creative space is wonderful.

see you there! said...

What a beautiful place you live and create in. Happiness indeed!I'll be you are thankful for it every day.


Robin Norgren said...

What a truly gorgeous place this is Judy. And Bravo to you for stepping in faith with allowing GOD to gift this space to you.


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