Microfiction Challenge: 29th December. Home Fires

December 29, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a cozy story. What is it to be cozy, to experience Danish hygge? It doesn’t need to be culture-specific, but it can be an interesting point of comparison or contrast. A character might long to feel cozy, or you might describe the perfect cozy scene. It may or may not include Prosecco.

You can check out Charli’s post here:

29th-decStamping our feet to dislodge the snow from our shoes, we let ourselves in through the conservatory where we removed our outdoor clothes.
First stop was the kitchen to put the kettle on, then rummage around in the cupboard for goodies.
The log fire in the lounge was burning merrily in the hearth, casting a rosy glow throughout.
I loved that room with its warm wooden half panelling and uncluttered walls, so homely and welcoming.
What better on a chilly day than to curl up in front of the fire with mugs of steaming hot chocolate and fruit cake?

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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25 Responses to Microfiction Challenge: 29th December. Home Fires

  1. jsackmom says:

    I love the coziness you portrayed and seeing the mugs of hot cocoa sealed the deal on what I needed to create my own feeling of hygge. 😊

  2. Heartafire says:

    Love the hearth! Lovely.

    • We did too, our lounge was the best room in the house, and the log burner we had made it so cosy. The property used to be a school, so our bedrooms were off the lounge, and that little fire kept all of those rooms warm. We haven’t got a log burner on the boat like so many others do. Basically, we haven’t got room for one anyway.

  3. I’ve always been attracted by the idea of living on a boat, but being just slightly claustrophobic, it’s probably not a good idea. Wood burners though, that’s a different kettle of fish entirely. Your lounge sounds idyllic.

    • I loved our lounge in the cottage. It really was the best room in the house, so light and airy with double windows at the front and patio doors at the back. The fire was set on a brick hearth with a recess either side, one of which housed my piano (sold in Nov 2013) and a made to measure bookcase in the other. With three bedrooms off it, our furniture layout was restrictive but it was comfortable.
      Many of the larger narrowboats have woodburners in them, but the layouts are very different to ours. We are forty one feet long and 6’10” wide, and although we have a proper ‘bedroom’ and so don’t have to make it up every night, our kitchen and lounge area aboard has a lot of wasted space, so that is one of the things we intend to address next year once my therapy has finished and we have better weather. Hubby would love to put a burner in, but the question is where. One of our boating friends has a smaller sea otter to ours and has put in a charcoal burner. That might be doable once we’ve had our lounge apart, though we have batteries, water pumps and bow thrusters to consider! I feel like the old woman who lived in a shoe sometimes, but the boat is home, and we love the life.

      • Once you get used to the difference between boat and land living, it must be hard to imagine wanting anything else πŸ™‚

      • This time last year we were house sitting, and found it very strange having so much space. If we took the bow and helm off the length, we could get the boat in her kitchen and walk round it!

      • In most houses there’s more room that anyone needs. It’s the amount of ‘stuff’ that fills up a house and makes it seem too small. If only we didn’t accumulate so much of it!

      • Ah, the dreaded stuff. We always seem to grow into our living space, finding the perfect thing to go ‘just there’. We knew we were going to downsize when we sold the cottage, and what we had left, including my car, fitted inside a 20 foot shipping container. Buying the boat meant getting rid of 90% of that, so we came away with both cars loaded up. We still had too much though, and another 90% ended up in the charity shops here. They loved us.
        If it’s not in the boat or the car and we’re not wearing it or about to eat it, we don’t have it!

      • I’d love to be like that but we’ve both inherited a mountain of furniture and useless objects from his and from mine. I’d happily just dump the whole lot but husband, being the only child of two only children feels he sort of the final repository of his family’s memories. I see that up to a point, but when the ‘memories’ mean nothing to anyone anymore and in addition they’re ugly, useless and cumbersome, i say put a match to the whole lot and forget about it.

      • OIt’s difficult isn’t it. We didn’t really have a choice, but then we didn’t inherit anything. A few things got sent to charity by mistake which I do regret, but these things happen and can’t be undone. Happy New Year to you and yours Jane.

  4. Charli Mills says:

    That’s a warm image of a communal room, so inviting. A well-crafted image!

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