Thankful for a new home (Stephanie Kuehnert)

It's been a busy fall for me--one that has even caused me to miss blog posts here! I've been teaching an undergraduate Young Adult Fiction course on top of my regular full-time job and just three weeks into the quarter... we moved! Moving sucks any time, but when you've doubled your workload, well I really don't recommend it.

It's been a stressful couple of months, but I am finally getting settled in to our new home and new neighborhood and I am very thankful to be here. I'll show you why:

We live half a mile from a beach... the rocky, gray Seattle sort, but it will be blue and super refreshing come summer!

This is my first time living in a house (rather than a townhouse or an apartment), so we had a porch to decorate for my favorite holiday, Halloween, and we actually got trick-or-treaters!

 I really loved the running trail I lived near in my old place, but now I live a mile from one of my favorite parks in Seattle, Seward Park which juts out into Lake Washington. The views from my new running route are pretty incredible.

From Mountain (a mostly cloud covered Mount Rainier):

To skyline:

Just Wednesday on a much-needed day off, I finally got the living room and dining room mostly in order. And yes! We have a fireplace!!! That is going to be cozy this winter!

But of course this is my favorite place. My office...

And here is the best part... It's so big that my bookshelves fit in there!!! It's like working in my own private library! A childhood dream come true!

(My husband and father-in-law built these great black bookshelves!)

I can't wait to really settled down and get to work on my next project. Because of teaching, it might not be until December, but I know that wait will make me extra thankful for the time to write when it comes.

In the meantime, I am looking forward to a Thanksgiving visit from one of my long-time writing buddies who just moved to California. She'll be our first guest and we'll have a vegan feast and maybe put that fireplace to use!

I hope your home is a warm, cozy, and happy place this holiday season!


  1. Beautiful pictures! It made me think of (and miss) the lake in Chicago. And I like your living room, especially all the books. I wish I could take your class, especially because I really liked your class at StoryStudio.


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