#2,039 Coming Home.
by Erin Napier
I got to the shop this morning around 9:00 and I sat at my desk and did not get up except to get a glass of water and microwave 6 Totino’s Pizza Rolls at 1:00. I’ll have my nose to the grindstone every day for the next two weeks while I create new work for Violet, and it’s a very tedious process. When I finally left work today it was almost 6:00 and my back was aching and my eyes were dry from staring at the monitor for so many hours without stopping.
I pulled into the driveway and walked in the front door. It smelled so good—the combination of “our house” (a mix of old house, laundry detergent, and the tiniest bit of the Gladys’ Kitchen candle sitting open in the living room) and something savory. Dinner was cooking. Ben was playing Neil Young, Heart of Gold (go ahead and click play over here), in the kitchen making dinner. Spaghetti, garlic breadsticks and salad with all kinds of fancy toppings. He spent most of the day in the woodshop building, but snuck away early enough to go to the grocery store. This was the sweetest thing to see after a day chained to my computer:
And then, a long neighborhood walk to let my spine stretch back to its proper configuration after a day of sitting. Oh, it felt so very GOOD out there tonight.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!