poetry and prose about place

my place, my niche

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All of us, as we self-isolate and stay at home, have become more familiar with our own place or space. We also have become familiar with our ‘niche.’ It is also a sort of space, but is more about how we use that space.


My space, on the macro-scale, is in the Northern Hemisphere and the temperate zone. I love the four seasons: perhaps summer, with it’s high humidity, least of the four. I live in a rural area; the bird chorus I hear each morning is associated with mixed hardwood and softwood. For more information on our ‘grey woods’ click here.


Our house seemed big when we built it 40 years ago. Today it is considered modest with two floors, three bedrooms and a loft. As I grow older, arthritis means I hang out mostly on the main floor. But upstairs, the loft stores my genealogy interests and the library holds all my books. On the main floor is my computer, my bird watching corner, my sewing basket and my drawing and painting supplies. Often, my husband is there too. So you see, I have most of what it takes to make me happy.


My space is more and more often in cyberspace. These days my family and friends are mostly there, on Facebook and Messenger. Just today I had my first meeting on Zoom.


I spend about half of my day on the computer, in one phase or other of one of my writing projects. Last week our wifi went down for four days. Usually, I refer to the on-line dictionary or thesaurus about once every fifteen minutes. With the wifi down, I wondered for a moment what to do and then thought, “Thesaurus. Dictionary.” A little dusty but serviceable.


So what is not part of my niche?

Music. I have a piano which I can play. And a guitar. And I have a stack of discs and a way to play them. I also have a small selection of my favourite music in my iPad. I tell myself it would be good to include more music in my life, in my ‘niche.’ So far it is only a thought.

Exercise. I will start by saying I do about 30 minutes of yoga-like stretches every morning. Otherwise I would not be able to get out of bed. If you follow my blog you know I am also dedicated to my stationary cycle but, since the first of the year, it aggravates my knees and I have not been doing this with any regularity. I have plans to reincorporate exercise into my niche, but so far, it is also a thought.



Of course, the world is full of possibilities and I have many gaps in my space/niche. I have interests in coins, stamps, games, puzzles, calligraphy and so on. I have no interest in flying kites, cooking, speaking another language or clock-making. But perhaps, someday, one of these may insinuate itself into my niche. So much to include, so little time!


So, what is in your space? Your niche? What is not in your space/niche?


All my best,

staying at home, wearing my mask in public,


Written by jane tims

May 29, 2020 at 7:00 am

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  1. Reading this in a break from the book 9 editing…. Wrall has just brought Tagret to see Rist…

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    Lee D. Thompson

    May 29, 2020 at 1:46 pm

  2. Let’s see… a jigsaw puzzle on the dining table, my laptop, the TV, a pile of books, my backpack (always packed and ready for the next walk in the woods), a yoga for seniors DVD, an online birdwatching course, ongoing family history research at Ancestry, my blog, cell phone (always charged and ready for spontaneous video-chatting with grandchildren), hubby in his recliner or upstairs on his ham radio.

    I dislike the humidity of summer, too, and it’s pretty muggy today. Still staying at home and wore my mask the one time I was out in public, buying a beautiful geranium for the balcony, where we will eat supper outside this summer, instead of at the beach.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    May 29, 2020 at 10:01 am

    • You can get a glimpse of the real person as you comprehend the niche they occupy. I used to have a backpack like that … it still hangs on a hook in the back entry. The mask is becoming part of our lives too. I think some of them are quite a fashion statement! I remember I once had a jigsaw puzzle I worked on every morning before going downstairs to get ready for work. I remember adding a new puzzle piece and thinking, “life is perfect, just like this!”

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      jane tims

      May 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

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