It was a quiet, peaceful swim tonight. All by myself. I floated on my back, staring at the bright blue sky and the fluffy clouds passing slowly overhead. Back and forth, from one end to the other. My eyes landed on a dark blue smiling sun face yard ornament that is on the fence of our backyard. I looked at it and thought, "That is mine."
And I cried.
We did everything wrong in buying a house, when we bought this house. Normally you find a house you love and you visit it several times to be sure it will fit your life. You are discussing the house with someone and they ask if there is space above the kitchen cupboards, or are the cupboards flush with the ceiling. You don't remember, so you go see the house again and again. Each time you are measuring windows and making sure your couch will fit in the living room or not. You are supposed to examine the neighborhood carefully. Maybe even have a chat with the neighbors. You find out how far it is to the nearest stores, schools and parks.
We did none of that.
We never walked through the house until we'd sold our previous home and traveled from California to Texas three weeks before moving in. We only walked through it ONE TIME before the move in date!
I had photos of the rooms to look at when I had a question about the bathrooms or the master bedroom. I also watched a short video that my son had taken of the house while we were still in California. Again and again!
But we basically bought a house sight unseen.
We did that.
The kitchen cupboards that are so big and roomy, that for the first time in my life, my baking dishes do not have to NEST. The bathroom closet that still looks bare even after I have unpacked all of our supplies. The ample shelves in the laundry room that make me appear like an organized woman. The quiet fans that turn constantly overhead to keep us cool, along with a glorious air-conditioning system. The sweet humming bird door knocker on our front door. The gorgeous colored glass window above the huge bathtub!
Little things....but lovely and lavish things.
Like a cheerful dark blue sun smiling at me from my back fence as I float in MY pool. And the happy tears come again and again.
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