Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lighten Up!!!

Michael [my husband] and I spent all day cleaning gutters and pitching stuff out of the bulging garage. A van load of keepers made it to the storage shed. I am a saver. Can never throw a thing away. I am sentimental to a fault. I make up little histories in my head about the old castoffs I find thrifting or at the side of the road. I feel as if every object has a story to really just have to listen. But all of this keeping and rescuing can lead to some serious over crowding of the house. Now that we are planning a big move[fingers crossed!!!] to a house we love, I seem to have become a different person. I am giving armloads to goodwill. I'm kickin' some of it to the curb. My daughter Maggie delights in watching passing cars slow and then turn around. "Mommy! Somebody's taking our junk!!!" I couldn't be happier. I don't know what has come over me. But I like it. I am casting off and passing on whatever I can part with...keeping only what we truly love. [Well, that's the goal, anyway!]And I am starting to feel a load lighten. I feel free. I feel like we are starting over again. Getting a fresh start in a new house. I am so excited!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Dream House

Just got back from the inspection on the new house. It was built in 1814 near the Erie Canal. It is in great shape, considering its' age but is definitely an old house. The kitchen is just little bits and pieces of cupboards put together over the years and...well, the bathrooms have seen better days. But all in all it is a place that we feel we could call home for the next 50 years. We are in the process of putting this house up for sale. A grueling activity if ever there was one. But thoughts of the other house keep us going. The worst that can happen is the deal falls through and we wind up we a clean house!!

It is the last week of summer vacation and the weather has already turned a corner into fall. Gloomy, rainy...rather cozy days that make the kids want to go to the movies or curl up with a book. Didn't this summer go quickly?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What was I thinking??

On a whim we looked at a 200 year old farmhouse that is for sale in our neighborhood. Two days later, here we are, just home after putting in an offer on the house! Were we in the market for a new place? Not really. Are we ready to put our bursting at the seams house on the market?Definitely not. Am I now tearing my hair out, trying to pitch every bit of junk that I can part with? Gritting my teeth and imagining strangers critiqueing our every possession, and color choice and yucking over our filthy couch? AAARRRGGGG! What was I thinking!!!!!