Weekend Snapshots

March 10, 2014

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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.

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  1. Love to see 'Spring' showing up in your garden.

    It doesn't seem possible that you will be there 2 years already! It seems like yesterday that I marveled at your little patio garden and all you harvested there.

    Looking forward to seeing what you add this season. xo

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    1. @sherri: I can hardly believe it myself, though now that you mention it, the patio garden seems like a very long time ago to me. Time is flying!

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  2. Isn't it fun when you start to see old faces again in the spring? And it feels like they're yours not just "something somebody else planted"?

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    1. @meryl: Yes! It was neat to explore all the wonders the previous owners left behind, but a lot of those plants (and wall colors, and land landscaping choices, etc.) are from a personality much different than mine.

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  3. I for one, am ready for Spring. I worked in the yard earlier this week and took the kids to the park and it was wonderful. But I need to get to know my neighbors better. I hardly know any of them. LOL!

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    1. @chels: yeah, that's always something that I try to be more proactive about - getting to know the neighbors. I can be bashful at times, but I've found it's worth the effort. :)

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  4. I know, right? It takes a while to fully land. Do you guys own your place? I think that would make a big difference. We've always been improving places that we knew would never be ours. Happy springtime.

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    1. @milla: Yeah, this home is the first we've truly owned. In some ways, all the apartments I've lived in have seemed almost more mine than this place does right now. Probably because apartments are more like blank slates, whereas this home is rich with history. I think we'll probably wake up one day and realize the transition has occurred.

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  5. What a great post! Having been through a lot of moves in my life, I can't answer the questions. I used to shake my head when I lived in Maine. You ask for directions and hear that you have to go down to the old Miller place and make a left (later learning the Millers had not lived there for 40 years). Or I heard "You can't get here from here" in a good strong New England accent. I guess my point is: You may live there for decades and the ghosts of the past will still be there. At least in the minds of the old folks. Thank you for the Spring photos...I hold out hope for green and better weather. Your kale looks incredible!

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    1. @sdquilter: Sounds like a really charming place to live. Somewhere where you remain long after you're gone. :)

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  6. Love the look at your garden! We've been in our apartment for 2.5 years and we still change and improve things! We just hung up curtains a few weeks ago, it's never really done. That would be boring :)

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    1. @katrina: So true. Luckily For me, there's pleeeeennnnnty left to do around here. ;-)

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  7. I think it's as particular thing with old houses. There are so many layers of other lives, that you keep finding them. We've lived here for 8 years, and it's very much ours, but it becomes clear that you are a small part of a house's history, and that it has echoes of all the other folk who have been.

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    1. @lisa-marie: I think that's a good way to look at it. :)

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  8. Oh, what a lovely garden you have!

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