We’ve owned many houses . . . Six to be exact.
However, this one (other than the house our son basically grew up in) was different.
All coming down to memories. Firsts of . . .
The first time my Sweetie came through our doors in the arms of her mom and her dad by her side
about a couple of weeks after she was born. The house that we closed on the day she was born.
I would also have to say that in all of the building of homes that we had done in the past,
this particular one was the easiest . . . a great experience . . . as we had a great builder.
That builder (Reese Construction) will be building our second home here in N.C.
After the “walk through” I stayed a bit to say good-bye and for One Last Look.
The above image is of a pitcher of Limelight Hydrangeas I picked from my yard just before we moved.
They now sit by the kitchen sink at Berry Patch.
When I saw how the photo (iPhone) came out, it seemed to have a touch of sadness to me.
Not something that was overtly cheerful … it is cheerful in person.
My camera is still in a box . . . so my trusty iPhone will have to do for now.
We were late for the closing . . . did I mention that before?
I took the time to sit on the sofa one last time. The new owners purchased the sofa and
tables/ottomans. It is OK as I am not sure how they would fit in the new “right-sized” house.
Let’s call that house, “Old Hickory”.
I walked through the house to say my good-byes.
Here is how it looked.
Oh the many Birthdays, Holidays, Dinner Group functions, Sewing Group, Bunco/LCR
and so many activities with family and friends. Great times.
I remember wanting the large farmhouse sink to bathe my Sweetie in.
She then graduated to “her bathtub”
And my favorite room . . . how different it looks . . .
Oops, I forgot to take down my little candle-lier!
The master bedroom . . . how spacious it looks . . . I so loved the light in there.
My builder will be replicating this ceiling treatment in Old Hickory.
My Sweetie’s bath tub. . . she had many a “bubbly baths” in it.
I remember the times of me sitting in the chair while she was taking
her bath . . . a tub full of bubbles and her favorite bath toys,
always singing away.
She will be very hands-on with her new room.
The Media Room
Oh, the Guest Room
The empty upper porch….I shall miss decorating it and having my morning coffee
listening to the birds singing in the trees.
I left the hanging ferns on both porches as I felt they were so much a part of it, it’s personality.
But it was time….time to move on to the “right-sized” home.
Time to turn the keys over to these lovely new owners.
I picked up my mom in Georgia 2 days after closing on the house.
She is a trooper about visiting me with all the boxes stacked everywhere!
I took her to her favorite store . . . A Japanese food store in Cary, N.C.
She is walking around now without the use of a walker.
Her partial knee replacement surgery was definitely a great thing!
Now she is a sort of quick stepping, soon to be 93 years old, happy camper.
She was able to see my Sweetie’s singing performance too.
Here we are at dinner after the performance.
More treasured memories were made.
Before I go, I want to tell you a little story about the experience I had while unloading
my car after we came home from the closing.
I was feeling a little sad . . . but then again, I said to myself, “SNAP OUT OF IT!!”
No need to feel this way . . . put things into PERSPECTIVE!
While stepping up to the porch with a armful of clothes,
a butterfly landed on my shoulder. Then it fluttered to the ground as if it was watching me.
I went inside and when I came out, it landed on my shoulder again. It was a goose bump moment.
Someone was telling me that there were great times ahead in our next adventure in life!
On the next trip the butterfly was sitting on the porch and then fluttered around me and landed
on the shrub next to the porch…..I ran and got my phone and it patiently waited there so I can
grab a picture…..from then on, nothing but smiles . . . and the feeling of tired bones too!
We had a great meeting with our builder this week and we are pretty much well on our way
with the final floor plans of the house.
I wish you all a most beautiful day and will return with more “happenings”
and maybe a few glimpses of the Berry Patch House in disarray!
Oh and one more thing…..Happy Birthday to my sister Carol! We are a year and a half apart.
So that will make her 28!