“What Makes A Home?” Contest

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You Are Home

Humor me here. It’s the end of a long day away from home. You’re driving home and as you turn onto your street don’t you feel a sense of

flickr photo credit: Wonderlane
flickr photo credit: Wonderlane

familiarity? You’re nearly home, you know the neighbor’s homes and their cars, maybe even the people; you’re safe.

You see your home. Maybe you appreciate the trees, plants and other decorations. Maybe you’re scrutinizing the paint, weeds or a bike left in the driveway. Either way your mind is now set on home. This is yours.

You park your car and get out. You hear the air through the trees, birds singing, lawn mowers, kids playing, neighbors talking and laughing, maybe a dog barking; or maybe it’s late and drizzly and you hear drops falling through the downspouts and smell the rain. You see your home and smell the heat of your car and the heady aroma of plants growing and someone cooking dinner. Perhaps you hear a child announce your arrival to the rest of the family as you approach the door. The decorations, paint, windows, cobwebs, wood, yard, toys, and patio furniture are there and whatever state they’re in, they are yours. This is your home.

flickr photo credit: Martin Cathrae
flickr photo credit: Martin Cathrae

You open the door and walk in. Do you have a routine you go through now or are you at the will of those who need you; children, spouse, pets, a ringing phone, a tv left on in an empty room? Maybe you walk in and place your belongings near the door. Where do you go from there? To the kitchen, the bedroom, the couch, the backyard? Maybe you head to the fridge for a cold drink or to the feed the pets or to kiss the ones you love. Maybe you head for the shower and a change of clothes. What do you do when you come home?

You can contact me, John Conca, at 530-306-3494, if you are searching for a home anywhere in El Dorado county, or if you are ready to sell your home. I’d be happy to discuss your options with you. You can find new Placerville listings here.

Goodnight House

After dinner and your evening activities it’s time for bed. You put your kids to bed, then your house, then yourself. In your bed you smell comfort.

flickr photo credit: lloydabell34
flickr photo credit: lloydabell34

Maybe that’s your pillow, face cream, an essential oils diffuser, your spouse near you, maybe a baby sleeping beside you. You can still taste your toothpaste. You hear a breeze through the trees, maybe an owl, a cat purring, or your family breathing lightly.  You feel your sheets and pillow, your loved one sharing the bed with you, the fur of whichever pet is cuddled up next to you. You see the time on your alarm clock and the soft outline of your bedroom furniture before you close your eyes.

flickr photo credit: Katherine Morozova
flickr photo credit: Katherine Morozova

What’s The Plan?

On days where you wake up and have to rush out the door you probably end up abbreviating the routine you’d prefer to enjoy. But on days when you can sleep in and wake up to only a very short to-do list and a free day, what makes up your morning? Do you lay in bed as long as you can, reading? Do you brew a better cup of coffee and make a delicious breakfast? Do you eat at your table while reading the paper or out on the porch in the fresh air and sunshine, listening to the birds while still wearing your pajamas? Maybe you call a friend or tackle that pile of books you’ve been wanting to read. What makes the most enjoyable morning in your home?


Home Is In Your Senses

flickr photo credit: Jennifer Grimes
flickr photo credit: Jennifer Grimes

Your senses are strongly wrapped up in your associations with home; no other more strongly than your sense of smell. You smell the air around your house. You smell the trees, the flowers, the very particular scent of your home, food cooking, the perfume or skin care products your family uses, the smell of your child’s hair when you hug them, the smell of earth after gardening, the hand soap your family uses, the scent of your laundry detergent… We don’t usually think about it when we’re just breathing in our home, but later when we smell that same scent it can bring you right back home.

Put It In Writing And Win $$$

I’m not just waxing poetic with this post. I’m hoping to prepare you for winning a contest.

flickr photo credit: Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
flickr photo credit: Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig

Wells Fargo wants you to tell them, in 50 words or less, what makes a home and you could

win $250,000. Be sure to see official rules first. Really try to bring all of your senses in to your essay. Even if you don’t win the money, this is a great project to draw your attention to the positive aspects of your home. I wish you luck!


Thanks for your time. Give me, John Conca, a call at 530-306-3494, if you want to discuss your real estate options or if you have any questions. Follow my blog for updates on local events, real estate news, timely home maintenance suggestions and tips for buyers and sellers. Have a nice day.



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