I love when a good plan all comes together. Sometimes it just takes a LOT of patient waiting to get there. Last week it felt as if the clock was ticking off the seconds in s-l-o-o-o-o-w motion as we counted down to the close of escrow and the keys to our new home.
I passed some of the time by going to a favorite antique/junk shop in town looking for treasure.
I was not disappointed. After some clean-up, sanding and fresh coats of paint, these will all find new life with us. The newel post tops will become towel hooks for the bathroom. The tool caddy will probably hold fabric or little quilts.
Finally Saturday morning arrived all fresh and filled with sunshine. We met our Realtor to finally get a look at the house completely empty and full of promise.
Here it is - Home Sweet Home! We immediately started bringing over a few boxes from the apartment and started thinking about where everything will go. I have been calling the new digs our 'Goldilocks house'. Our first house in California was just a little too small. The house in Massachusetts was just a little too big. This house feels like it's going to be just right. And the yard - so much room for Daisy to play with lots of room left over for gardening. Remember the citrus trees? They are still there, but I discovered what I think may be a peach tree . . . be still my heart!
As if all that were not enough - it was also Mother's Day and The Princess was in fine form. We were invited over to her place for dinner - schnitzel and spaetzel! On the table was a beautiful vase filled with tulips.
It was fun to chat with her and Boyfriend (whom I still haven't settled on an 'official' blog name for yet - I feel like he's going to be a keeper so I don't want to saddle him with something that isn't right) as they put the finishing touches on our meal. Boyfriend provided dessert homemade brownies (he cooks and bakes!) As if that were not enough, there were presents afterward.
First you should probably know that we are not a family that finds pleasure in wrapping gifts. Christmas is about the only time we actually make the effort. So instead the recipient is simply asked to 'close your eyes and hold out your hands'. When I opened my eyes, this is what I saw.
Huh? The Princess quickly informed me that this is what the gift looked like to start out. Now to close my eyes again. This time when I opened them there was this!
Is that not just the coolest thing? And she made it herself! Boyfriend has a lathe and they have been making pens from wood and even corn cobs. I know it was killing her to not tell what she was up to. I know there are going to be LOTS of 'signing' opportunities coming up. I'll be so proud to tell everyone all about my new, beautiful pen.
Now it's back to the business of getting settled. I have a list of phone calls and errands for today that is about as long as my arm. Better get busy or it will never get done.
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