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My Attic Bedroom

Today I experienced one of those delightful mornings whereby I awoke naturally, well before the alarm’s blasting music was scheduled to jolt me harshly from a sound sleep, feeling remarkably refreshed despite a late-ish evening previous of writing and reading.

I snuggled under the covers and absorbed the sounds that surrounded me: my husband’s steady breathing, punctuated by the occasional snuffling snore… my sweet cat’s softly rumbling purr, increasing in volume when I whispered her name or stroked her velvety chocolate-brown coat… the plink, plunk, trickle of the rain meandering down the skylights… the creaks and cracks of a century-old house filled with memories and history.

I love my attic bedroom.

One of my childhood dreams was to live in a house with an attic – you know, a real attic, not the low-raftered, insulation-stuffed space of “modern” houses accessed only by the non-claustrophobic for utilitarian purposes through a small hole in the roof of the bedroom closet.

No, in my mind I longed for a room at the very top of a house… a magical, hidden space with sloping walls, peaked dormer window, cosy furnishings… a private oasis for daydreams, for naps in the warmth of a sunbeam, for basking in the contentment of soft morning sounds.

I love when childhood dreams come true.

Shared in The Writers’ Post Blog Hop #36

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Molly Jo February 24, 2012

    Wow, I love your descriptive style. Very nice reading. Found you through BlogHer/NaBloPoMo.

  • Leslie February 24, 2012

    Love these typewriter photos. They really make your blog so unique. Where are they from? I just moved into a “loft” at the top of a house. It has that same kind of treetop, attic-y feel to it. Love it!
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    • Dawn
      February 24, 2012

      They’re great, aren’t they? Most of them came from the Microsoft Clip Organizer, believe it or not, and one came from Wikimedia Commons. I’m always on the lookout for more, as I do love old typewriters!

      Attics are wonderful. 🙂
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  • Tim Casey February 24, 2012

    I love dormer windows, with a little bench and a simple view of the world, nice indeed.

  • Old Man February 24, 2012

    As the snorer noted above I too love our lofty nest in the rafters. The bed is way too comfy to read on and the lovely purring cat is an inducement to total relaxation. Well written Dawnie.


  • Raquel February 24, 2012

    I love your attic bedroom too! I remember at the beginning of Little Women, Jo was up in the attic reading books and eating apples and I thought, wow, that’s the perfect day. 🙂

  • Linda
    February 24, 2012

    Great descriptive words in this blog. A few weeks ago, I stayed in an old Victorian bed and breakfast inn. As I wandered around in it, I dreamed of living in an old house filled with history like you described. Good for you, that your childhood dreams came true! :0)

  • Elizabeth
    February 24, 2012

    I would love an attic bedroom…but alas I live in the desert (Las Vegas) and everything was built in the 80’s in that modern-stuffed with insulation style. Thanks for sharing your delightful morning!
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  • Susan
    February 24, 2012

    Me too…thanks for sharing!

  • Elise Davis February 24, 2012

    Attic rooms are very special. How wonderful that you got your dream AND how wonderfully nice to have a day where you get to wake up, soak it all in and appreciate it. Reminds me that maybe I ought to hope for that for tomorrow morning!
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  • Jo
    February 25, 2012

    What a lovely picture you painted. I have had a few of those attic rooms in my life and I loved each one for different reasons. Now we live in a house with mostly our history and an insulated 1 foot attic with steps from the garage. It works, but not conducive for reading or listening to the rain.

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  • Kathy February 27, 2012

    Awesome story!! How cool one of those attic rooms would be!! We have one of those attics where the ladder pulls out of the ceiling then up you go. Although it is floored, it is for storage only.

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  • Sue Reimer Hutchinson April 17, 2013

    Dawn – this just takes my breath away, because you have shared my dream! My aunt had a delicious room at the top of my grandparent’s home and ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to live in a home with an attic.

    I am excited to say that we are, right now, looking at a home (with an attic !) – so hoping that we are able to buy it.


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