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Monday, September 17, 2012

Finding home....

We are approaching an anniversary of sorts in our family. We have lived in the same house for almost 28 years. For me...that's a very important thing. I come from a long line of...for lack of a better word....nomads. No one knew how to stay put....put down roots. I lived in 5 or 6 houses....that I can remember...by the time I was 17. I have no "childhood home"....except in my memory. I knew this was "the house" the moment I saw it. My husband had a very different opinion. We had been looking for a house...that would become "home" for a while. I think I was driving the realtor crazy. I wasn't looking for a "starter home"....I was looking for THE home. THE home where we would put down roots. I wasn't, at all, interested in staying for a little while....and moving on....I wanted a place where we could stay forever. The first time we walked in the front door....my husband turned and said..."no". I smiled and said...."oh...yes"!! It was in need of some TLC...that's for sure....but I could "see" what it would look like when we were done. It was vacant when we bought it...and the owner allowed us to get in and work on it before settlement. We bought it in October....and moved in just in time for Christmas. We, literally, painted every square inch of the inside. We fixed windows, caulked, scrubbed, built things....and we have been doing all of those things ever since!! It's an old farmhouse....so it needs to be loved A LOT....but I have never, ever, regretted the decision to buy it!! It is home. THE home. It's the "childhood home" for all 3 of our kids....a place where they belong. It is FULL of all of our "sweet" memories. All of the Christmas cookie baking and Christmas mornings, Halloween costumes and pumpkin carvings, Easter egg decorating and baskets full of chocolate, birthday parties and Thanksgivings, swimming and picnics, first days of school and homework, prom pictures in the garden....and, next summer, a wedding. I know the world is full of different people with different ideas....it is, after all, what makes it go around. I don't begrudge the part of the population that likes to move around....but I am VERY happy to stay put!! I am very happy that I have roots....and that, 28 years ago, we found "home".

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tis the season......

Tis the season. Isn't it amazing? You are just going along....watering your garden....pulling weeds....enjoying (or in our case TRYING to enjoy....and ignore the horrible weather...) your Summer...and Wham!! Fall arrives!! Sometimes it's a change in the weather (thank goodness!!)...sometimes a change in the routine. But, whatever it is...it hits you! You NEED pumpkins and mums on the porch....candles burning, apple pie in the oven and chili in the crock pot! In the retail world preparations begin for the season (well...for every new season...) months and months in advance. I am always concerned that it may knock my inner clock out of whack....or, at the very least, make me a little numb to the excitement of celebrating a new season. Luckily....it hasn't!! We change things, at the shop, well ahead of the "normal" time. Most people don't get ready for the Fall season in August (of course....that doesn't mean you can't buy new things for when you DO get ready!!) but the merchandise has to go out...again...it's a retail world thing. In our case it's also a "we are REALLY into Fall and Halloween and WANT the stuff out NOW!!!!" thing. :) But....at home....we changed everything this past Monday. We packed all of our "Summer collections"...the rabbits and wheelbarrows....the bee skeps and watering cans....the child sized gardening tools and picket fences. All of them are well wrapped and safe until we meet again!! Then we cleaned (not really the BEST part....but wonderful when it's all done...) and then we said "hello....missed you!!" to all of our Fall and Halloween collection!! I love getting up early in the morning and walking around....looking at everything. Now and then I shift things a little...tweaking if you will!! And when we get home from work we light the candles....it's all so cozy!! I am going to enjoy this Fall as much as possible...even though it will fly by. It is always a very busy time for us....the classes start up again, we have the "1803 House:A Very Merrie Halloween" event in a few weeks, the candlelight dinner to cater, Lehigh Valley Style magazine is putting us in the December issue, the Thanksgiving orders will start to roll in soon....and then we are on to Christmas!! Like I said....tis the season!! But it's one of my favorites....and I don't want to miss anything!! I think a few more pumpkins on the porch...