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Guest Blogger: The First Time Home Owners
It’s a Monday night as I listen to the tip tap of keys being punched producing somewhat random ideas and thoughts. The cats are both passed out lying flat on the hardwood floor like pancakes or small bear skin rugs. Their eyes open a slit to shoot a glance of disgust my way concerning the apparently annoying sounds coming from the keyboard. It’s nice to finally relax for the night with the cozy glow of the low lit lamp in the dining room.
Now that the holidays are behind us we plan in anticipation of Spring for another round of gardening and landscape projects. We are starting our plans for organic veggies and have black gold sitting in our composter patiently waiting for the first plantings. We reminisce about last year’s projects and get a better angle on the learning curve we experienced. The following was our first experience with a major project as first time home owners…
Our complete exhaustion is a result of multiple projects preformed this weekend. Chris got together with our neighbors and friends Brian and Dolly to build garden boxes for the yard. I worked on sanding and painting two tables and also painted a chandelier with my friend Jodi. I made blackberry pound cake for our neighbor who had knee surgery. Laundry, some major closet organizing, goodwill donations, yard sale items, homework, neighborhood association work, thank you notes, etcetera. W-o-w. Three letters that exactly define this weekend of utter chaos. I shouldn’t say chaos because it was quite productive. However, as I sit on my porch now reflecting while rain hits the newly dug yard I can only think of the word –wow!
We spent the last three days hauling 3 yards of dirt, trimming hedges, pulling tons and tons of weeds and tending to new garden boxes. It is our effort to transform the front of our house with landscaping for the ultimate curb appeal. You must understand one of the best parts of our house in my opinion (although there are many) is the curb appeal. The house sits on a corner lot and has this amazing presence and soul. It’s not grandiose, not newly built, but we wouldn’t want it to be. The house has character as if it is its own entity, fulfilling our daily lives with comfort.
We love this house. I love how the sun light hits the porch in the morning casting a golden blanket over all the porches on the street. I love how the wood has marmalade color and how the layout flows throughout. I love that all who lived in this house cherished it and cared for it in a way that you can still feel in its energy. As we continue to work on the house and make it our own we respect it and only make improvements that wouldn’t change it originality and beauty.
It has been a journey. I’m sure you can remember it or are experiencing it now, owning your first home is quite the learning experience. There has been a lot of sweat, a lot of memories in the making, laughter and also some tears. Sometimes we feel we will never accomplish the goals we set when we first bought the house, those lofty aspirations. But that’s not important. What’s important is that as we continue to grow with this house and we are learning along the way. Sometimes we just sit back after a project whether small or large, whether it’s hauling 3 yards of dirt with shovels or painting a wall, we reflect on that day’s work and feel more at home. And after the past three days of extremely hard work I can sit on the porch and feel pride and joy once again, that this is our home.