My Corner

15 Nov

A. A. Milne had a House at Pooh Corner.  Loggins and Messina sang about it.

I have my corner.  I think I prefer Pooh’s Corner.  I know I prefer Pooh’s Corner.  But for now, I’m satisfied with my own little corner of the world.  My own corner is for reading, writing, and thinking.  (And like Pooh, there are many times I think I’m a bear of very little brain.)

Leaving 30 years of teaching and accumulated paraphernalia behind was no small task, ask my husband!  I left much of what I had amassed in the hands of other young teachers, some just starting out.  My fiction and non-fiction collections of children’s books (minus some of my absolute favorites and duplicates which I kept for myself) went to two very special teachers and a host of young people they will work with over the next several years.  Assorted rugs, lamps, shelves, chairs, and bookcases were donated as needed to different classrooms.  Boxes and baskets of markers, crayons, highlighters, tape, staples, paint, post-it notes, memo books, spiral notebooks, bulletin board trim, paper bags, paper plates, baggies, stickers, stamp pads, Mailbox magazines, cleaning wipes, and glitter disappeared faster than free cookies!

But, that’s not to say that I cleansed myself of everything.  In the trunk of my car I carried mementos, reference books, stuffed animals/book characters, science and math tools I thought I could use with my grandchildren, and some things I knew I couldn’t live without!  Over the summer, I set up some bookshelves in my husband’s basement office and organized my treasures.  And I use the term ‘organized’ loosely!

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This month in my PiBoIdMo group, we’ve been talking a lot about our writing spaces.  Are you organized/disorganized, quiet/noisy, pen&paper/computer?  Below is a photo of my current work space.  It’s not a fancy office, but I like it.  It’s always quiet.  I keep the TV off and I don’t listen to music, I find noise too distracting for me.  I like to read books, newsletters, online articles… and I like to research there also.  I usually have a drink and my reading glasses within reach.  I use my laptop for everything.  If I lost or broke that I would be lost!  I keep all my files, story ideas, drafts, and finished pieces on my desktop.  The chair is large and comfy and I can put my feet up on the ottoman while I work!

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This is where I work, where I find that I love what I do!

So, I’ll leave you, dear reader, with a wish that you find your own special corner of the world where you can be yourself and find happiness.  As for me, like Loggins and Messina wrote, “I’ve got to get back to the house at Pooh Corner by one.”

6 Responses to “My Corner”

  1. Jo Linsdell November 16, 2013 at 5:10 AM #

    I’m a huge Winnie the Pooh fan and so your post had me right from the start 🙂
    I agree, that chair does look super comfy.

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    • Juliana Lee November 16, 2013 at 8:27 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by Jo! I absolutely love Pooh, the original is still my favorite but I also like the Disney versions as well. I use to read A.A.Milne’s Pooh to my children at home and my kids at school.

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  2. Perfecting Motherhood November 16, 2013 at 1:57 AM #

    That chair looks very comfortable. It’s great to have your own reading/writing corner. I have a few spots in the house where I get inspiration. My kitchen table is one of them!

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    • Juliana Lee November 16, 2013 at 8:29 AM #

      So glad you could come by for a visit! It’s nice having a place that you can call your own, even for only a few minutes at a time!

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  3. Keila November 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM #

    Nicely organized. Impressed you were able to let some stuff go. Still hard for me. Maybe you will be my inspiration!

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    • Juliana Lee November 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM #

      Thanks Keila, But really, I HAD to let some stuff go! There’s no way my whole classroom would have fit in my basement. Actually, there’s no way I would have wanted it all. I’m glad it’s being put to good use. Now I’m more into downsizing and de-cluttering.

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