April 08, 2015

Life in the Village These Days

This month we are celebrating four years in this house and almost 5 years since we moved to the Village. This town and this home. In many ways it feels like we've always been here. We've already made so many memories here. I'm sitting on the porch while I write this, trusty dog at my feet. The birds are singing at the top of their lungs. I hear children playing and there is a storm blowing in. It is my idea of heaven on earth. Life isn't perfect here. Things go wrong, there are disappointments. At the same time, life's challenges are a little easier to take when you get to spend every day living your dream.

There have been many celebrations, much laughter and many tears in this home. You know, the things life is made of. There is no place I would rather be than in this old house with it's never ending to do lists, projects and expenses.

When I sit back and reflect on everything we have accomplished, I am so proud of us. We have more gumption than skill, budget or sense and have a tendency to dive into projects that we should know better than to attempt. You should have heard a recent conversation we had about taking on a bathroom renovation. Oy. We will never learn. And thank goodness! If we did, we wouldn't have this porch or this kitchen, let alone this life and this home. Sometimes you need to ignore the voices whether they come from inside yourself or from people around you.

Ignoring the voices and jumping in has served us well over the last 15 years and making the scary decision to ditch our comfortable suburban life and change everything turned out to be one of the best things we've ever done! I often think about how life would be different if we had played it safe. I am so grateful for a husband that listens to my heart and who is usually on the same page as I am.

The Village comes alive in the spring. The magnolias are starting to bloom and that signals the start of a glorious show. Soon we will be having picnics in this park with friends while music is performed in this gazebo. Soon there will be festivals in the street. Living here feels a lot like being on vacation which is such a treat for a girl like me who grew up never going on vacation! Last night we went to dinner on Main St. with some friends for a wine and appetizer pairing and then dinner. It was a perfect evening. I rarely want to leave the Village to go out. I love that we know the owners of most of the businesses in town. I love that we know most of our neighbors. I love that we live in a place where we can walk to the library, parks, farmers market, butcher, ice cream parlor, wine store, dentist, shops and restaurants.

I'm thankful every day that we didn't let fear keep us from living our dream. Now I remind myself of the beauty that can happen when you push through the fear. What is fear keeping you from doing? What is the worst thing that could happen if you ignored the voices? It's not failure. Failure means you tried. I'd much rather live with failure than regret. When you risk failure you might end up living the very life you have been dreaming about.

March 31, 2015

Since Last We Met

Since last we met, I have done what seems like endless loads of dishes and laundry. I've started deep cleaning my house one room at a time, top to bottom. Light fixtures, woodwork, windows. I prefer this method to a marathon clean which I can't ever seem to find the time for.

My kitchen continues to get a workout but happily the grill is getting used more now that the weather is turning. We had our first dinner with friends on the back porch which is a sure sign of spring. I'm going to try to forget that it snowed days later. I made a new favorite cookie, Gooey Butter Cookies which are very similar to some that are sold at a bakery on Main Street. There is some argument about whether they should be eaten cold or room temperature. I say refrigerate them initially but then serve them room temp. My better half who likes his candy bars frozen, prefers them straight out of the fridge please!

I've been doing a little porch fluffing and I'm gearing up to finally paint the floor and then I think we're ready to sit back and enjoy spring and summer and all of last year's hard work. The emotional and physical scars are almost completely healed now. Our checking account has finally recovered as well. I'm sure there will be a few small projects in our future but I'm feeling pretty content with life just as it is.

Things are good here. I'm enjoying the quiet while I can and trying not to get overwhelmed when I look at the calendar for the next several months. I find it best just to focus on today as much as possible. I'm feeling very grateful these days. For my Sweet Man, my girls, this home, this town, our friends. I'm so excited that our little Village is warming up and coming back to life. I can't believe we've been in this house for 4 years already but at the same time it's hard to imagine myself any other place in the world. My guy gets recruited for new jobs on a regular basis but neither of us can imagine leaving this place. As he so eloquently put it, it's our death house. ;) I told you he was good with words!

 We are on spring break this week. We have no exciting travel plans as we are saving ourselves for a week at the beach this summer. We are instead staying close to home and finding adventure nearby, but then also, finding the quiet which suits my mood lately. I'm off to spend some quality time in the garden. Hope you find time for whatever gives you joy today.