TSM 179 — A House is a Person

abandonedfading lifestyle, expectations, social connections
cold, smokeless chimneyssmiles depleted, hearts stalled
sagging porchgravity’s relentless vanquish
boarded windowsshaded, sightless perception
sinking foundationdreams wheezing
discolored clapboardwrinkly, splotched
deteriorated add-onhobbies receding
curtainlessvulnerable
peeling columnsshedding facades
doghouse twinfeeble, needy pet
new front doorkeeping hope alive

I tried to create this table in my word processing program and paste it whole.  I’m using the table feature at WP but it gives no option to remove the lines.  One of these days I’ll figure it out…

Carrie is today’s host of The Sunday Muse.

63 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh wow. I love this, lines and all. 🙏 “Dreams wheezing”…. Then along comes a new front door.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, MW, am happy you enjoyed it ❤ 🙂

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  2. Carrie V. H. says:

    I love the life you have truly given this house Lisa! What a clever and creative take on the prompt! So glad to see you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Carrie. Hope you do also!

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  3. Sherry Marr says:

    I too really like the dreams wheezing….and am worried about the dog – did he get left behind? Smiles.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sherry. I’m writing as if the house is still occupied, just a little run-down. I’m imagining the dog curled up next to his mistress on a cozy crocheted afghan on the couch 🙂

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  4. Helen Dehner says:

    Love that when all was said and done …. you saw potential. A clever response to Ms. Muse.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, thank you very much. The more I looked at the house the more I saw myself in it.

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  5. qbit says:

    I thought it was cool even with the grid lines!

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    1. Helen Dehner says:

      I have also been meaning to tell you how lovely your blog design is …..

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      1. qbit says:

        Oh, hey, thanks!!

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        1. qbit says:

          I think you meant this for @msjadeli!

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      2. msjadeli says:

        Helen is this comment to me?

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  6. Beverly Crawford says:

    I saw no lines, so I’m a bit confused. I loved that every detail was noted…and the new front door is hopeful!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you didn’t see the lines, Beverly. Maybe blogger doesn’t show them? Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  7. Dale says:

    Love this!

    I think I would have done it in Powerpoint and just included it as a jpg image 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for the tip, Dale! I don’t think I have powerpoint on this computer but I could have sent it to my son to do it for me. Will remember for next time 🙂

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      1. Dale says:

        Can also be done on Word or even Excel. 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I don’t have the suite. I use a knock off word processing program (Open Office.)

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          1. Dale says:

            Should still work as they have all the same capacities.. You can save whatever into a pdf or JPG.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              I tried as jpg and it didn’t work. PDF seems like it would work. Thanks, will let you know.

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              1. Dale says:

                Do! I’m curious now!

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  I tried last night. It does show up, but as a link, which is strange to me. It did the same thing with the jpg. I’m trying to put it in through the pictures button. I tried a screen capture also but it wouldn’t work. So frustrating.

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                  1. Dale says:

                    Dang. I thought for sure you could insert it in a picture box. When you screen capture, can’t you save it as a jpg?
                    Ask my why I’m avoiding the block editor like the plague…

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                    1. msjadeli says:

                      The screen capture option doesn’t even show up to use for it. I appreciate you trying to help, Dale. Thank you ❤

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                    2. Dale says:

                      Do you have “snip it”?

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                    3. msjadeli says:

                      I just downloaded a screen capture program that works in websites but it doesn’t work on documents not on websites. If I “snip it” on the website it has the lines in it, which defeats the intent.

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                    4. Dale says:

                      Well, damn it all to hell… Not for lack of trying, eh?

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  8. Jim says:

    I like the lines, of course I am a retired engineer, we like lines to help keep things straight. As I read I figured too that there was vandalism and theft as well. My parents old house had all the cupboards stolen, the windows broken, and left behind things pilfered. I am seeing a lot of bricks that would make a nice sidewalk or another chimney for the thieves’ houses…
    ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Jim for your comment. So said not only to be abandoned but vandalized 😦

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  9. well i’ve never read a spreadsheet poem before, very cool! loved that last line

    “new front door / keeping hope alive

    very well done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      aha! a new form is born! lol. So glad you enjoyed it, Phillip, thank you.

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  10. Luther Vandross’ lyrics “but a house is not a home . . .” leapt to mind as I read your title, Lisa. Beautiful song if you’ve not heard it. Great post as always! 🌞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Lisa, I have heard that song and I love the way he sings it. I still miss his presence in this world. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      1. I miss him, too, Lisa. So much more than other performers who have passed on. There was just something about him . . . 🌞

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  11. fireblossom32 says:

    Heads up for the wrecking ball.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Shay!

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  12. fireblossom32 says:

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  13. memadtwo says:

    TLC–what we all need, houses and humans alike. (K)

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  14. Ron Rowland says:

    I love what you did here.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ron, thank you. Also liking following along with you and your wife in photos of your journey.

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  15. Carol anne says:

    Nice one! I didn’t even realise there was a table option in wp! X

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carol anne, it’s a relatively new feature.

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  16. writingwhatnots says:

    Your house really has come to life – brilliant idea Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Marion, thank you, glad you liked the experiment.

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  17. wyndolynne says:

    Enjoyed the way you formatted this and, for me, the lines added to the sense of balance/calculation in the description of the home. The value or the challenges linked to the physicality reminded me of some of the homes we pass on our drive from suburb to suburb here…homes that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere (and, well, still are…but it’s a busy nowhere) but where, in reality, in the middle of small towns and farmland now subsumed. Anyway, really enjoyed this.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Wyndolynne, it does feel like some places (and people) are simply left behind. Glad you enjoyed the poem and thanks for your lovely comment ❤

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  18. Sarah Davis says:

    The lines work. I really like the chart and I appreciate your work here.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sarah. I like the name of your blog. Does this mean you are a cowgirl who also does yoga? If so, very cool.

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      1. Sarah Davis says:

        That’s me…I teach yoga to college students, practice yoga, work full time and spend my weekend in the woods on a horse or my two feet or on a lake on a paddle board.

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  19. Gillena Cox says:

    Bravo, you certainly wrote ‘outside the box’. Luv it

    Thanks for dropping by my blog

    Much💖love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Gillena! ❤

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  20. hedgewitch says:

    Quite an interesting approach. I love “…gravity’s relentless vanquish..” and the slow relentless listing of adjectives which becomes an overwhelming image of time’s inexorable march. But the new door gives hope.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Hedgewitch.

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  21. AJ says:

    Fascinating format you have used….. and dare I say it fits the content to a tee!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, AJ 🙂

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  22. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    An empty house is a sad house…if only they could talk.

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  23. This is fascinating! What an awesome look into your creative process. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Sunny 🙂

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