Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

My Secret Recipe for a Home

Winter’s laundry hanging by the wood heater.

homemade laundry

Homemade Laundry

Homegrown bouquets.

homemade bouquet

Homemade Bouquet

Porch plants sharing spaces with us in winter.

homegrown ferns

Homegrown Ferns

A teakettle that whistles.


Tea Kettle

A coffeepot, not a coffee maker.

antique drip through

Antique Drip-through

A few herb plants growing around the house.


Homegrown Rosemary, In Bloom

A garden plot.

tilled garden

Tilled Garden Plot

A rosebush or two.


Scented Rose Bushes Getting Ready to Bloom

Homemade curtains and crocheted do-dads.


Laundry Room Curtains

Quilts made by someone you know.


Nana’s Crazy Quilt

Lots and lots of ancient books.


Antique Bookshelf

Art made by someone you know.


My Teenage Daughter’s Lobo Portrait

Little places for the little people you love.

toddler chairs

The Reading Readiness Room

A well-worn broom.


Broom and Ash Bucket

Floor lamps, pillows, afghans, lace, birding books.


It’s All You Need

Oh, and lots of love, laughter, tears, and prayers.

11 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

  1. lori thatcher says:

    I have so few of these items in the place my husband and I call home, but you inspired me to look around, sans camera,and see what makes it home to me: A few herbs on the dashboard. Sprouts growing in a jar on the counter. My favorite tea cup. Pictures of people and places I love and sketches done by the children in my life.Too many books shoved into every extra nook. The journal right next to my comfortable chair which doubles as the passenger seat when I swivel it around. The cell phone that keeps me in touch with the ones I love even when we are here and there – far away, and a storage trailer parked at our son’s house that has a few family herlooms, my garden tools and other things waiting for when we have a stationary house again.

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Lori, Thanks for understanding how our differences are similarities! I feared making folks feel inadequate, but when it is a photo challenge and the topic is home, what’s a mother to do?
      You always seem to enjoy my most heart-felt posts. Perhaps I should take more notice of that. (I almost said: take that to heart, heh.)
      Well here’s speed to your more stationary home.

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Hello, Bats! Glad to see you back again. Thanks for your kind words!
      We were amazed, too, when we saw what she had done. Being just a kid fiddling around with various art supplies, she just felt the muse, or something. Also, being just a kid, she did not realize she can never sell this because it is STRAIGHT off a cover of a national magazine. Ha. Poor dear, it is one of her best, but I keep it as a sign of the real turning point in her art career. It’s just mine and I love it.
      Nevertheless, she can do, and has done many more similar-quality animal portraits, and will do whatever the public will pay for, but she really prefers the human subject.
      Now, ten years after that work, she is enjoying her second show, this time an invitation to share with two other well-knowns in this area. Yea! It’s great for an artist when your “real job” starts being in the way and you have to make decisions: do I want sleep, money, or art? Hmm.

  2. RuthBailey says:

    Your daughter’s Lobo portrait is beautiful. I understand why you treasure it. What an amazing talent! So glad also that you are aware of the copyright issues in using a picture not one’s own. I went to a watercolor society show at the Strathmore Museum just outside D.C. a couple of years ago. The Best in Show had been withdrawn because the artist used a reference photo that was taken by someone else. The owner of the photo rights recognized his picture and objected, hence the withdrawal of the piece. What an embarrassing position to put yourself in!

    • Katharine Trauger says:

      Oh, I think I shall relay this to her. What a horrible experience for the artist, but it was the right thing to do. Asking, first, is such a better way! In fact, my daughter might be able to contact the original artist, here, and get permission yet. Hmm.

      I do treasure this drawing (and the artist). I think the main reason, though, is that it was a time she came to me and asked advice on how to deal with various elements in it. How excited I am to have a tiny input, and how calm I have to remain, in my excitement! I strive to allow her to do her own art, make her own mistakes. Besides, she passed my skill level eons ago.

      Thanks for your kind words, here, Ruth, and I’m so glad you stopped by. Your comments mean so much to us both! 🙂

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