March 10, 2014
How long does it take for a new (old) home to feel completely your own? In July, we'll have lived here for two fast years. We've changed everything, working nonstop on home improvement project after project, and I still find myself just getting acquainted with the place.
There's that period of time when you move into a new home where your neighbors come by and talk about the people who lived there before you. They make subtle comments about the tree they'd like to see you cut down, or apologize in advance for the noise they know their dog will make (little do they know you'll be matching their noise with your own flock of future backyard chickens). Some neighbors don't come by at all, and you'll probably never speak to them during the duration of your stay despite the fact that you live close enough to pick up on their habits.
Still, I can't help but feel a certain growing familiarity when the remnants of last year's garden, enlivened by the warmth and rain, start poking their heads out of the ground.