I put a lot of stock in “home”. Home is safety, comfort, and where we grow. Home is where we are when we take off the day. Home is where we express who we are and what we care about in how we care for our homes, decorate them, and the products we purchase for them.
My husband and I just bought our third house together. Our first house was a tiny, old coal miners house that I just loved and adored. When we moved in, I was determined that we were going to live there forever. That is the place where my loves of oils, gardening, DIY, and zero waste were born. We renovated most of that house and it is incredibly difficult to walk away from a home where you have laid down every floorboard, painted all the walls, redone the entire bathroom, and built gardening spaces in the yard.
Our second house was giant, cookie cutter, expensive, and I don’t know what we were thinking. We were only there three years before we were completely house poor and had to downsize, or rightsize as a friend said to me. We did start some DIY projects there, but they were just one long frustration and not endearing.
So, we rightsized. We moved towns. We found a house that is definitely not cookie cutter, in a neighborhood that feels like we’re on vacation. We keep telling each other how much we love it here. So, meet Tricia.
She is a daughter of the 70s. She was owned by the same family for over 30 years. The weekend we moved in the man who built her drove by on a lawn mower and introduced himself. He is a 94 year old Veteran who built most of the houses in this neighborhood. She needs some updates, but that just makes me love her more. She feels like home.
So, I am full of plans for her. I will share a few posts on my vision for her as time goes on. I want to honor her 1970s vibes, but point them towards a midcentury feel. I can’t wait to get working on it and seeing the final product, equally. Check out my last post for a glimpse into our most recent update.
She also has space I am going to turn into a garden. I am planning it in my head. I want to buy metal horse troughs and place them here as raised beds with an aisle down the center. More to come on that as well.
I have the compost area staked out as well. I am so glad to have enough level ground to begin these practices here.
OK, I haven’t even shown you the best part yet. Check out this view.
Remember when I said the neighborhood felt like we were on vacation? How do you beat this? It is a dammed up creek, which is a little sad, but it is being used as habitat today by fish, frogs, turtles, ducks, herons, and others I haven’t seen yet. I just absolutely love seeing this everyday. So far, the pond is stunning in Fall and Winter, but I can’t wait to see her in Spring and Summer as well.
So here we are, you have met Tricia. I will share more on how we are fixing her up and creating a home for ourselves where we can be our seasonal, witchy selves. I hope you will continue to follow along.