It’s Becoming More Like Home

My Dear Friends,

Can it really be four days since I posted?  And I was going to post every day!  Life is busy, though, and I find myself needing naps.  I suppose that’s normal.  I have also continued to weed out STUFF, taking almost daily trips to the dumpster, Goodwill or the consignment shop.  So therapeutic this is.  I cannot even tell you how good it feels.

It’s feeling like home here, and I find myself adapting, which brings about inner change.  Life is just that way.  Our minds and our bodies respond to our surroundings.  We encounter new things.  Maybe we like them, maybe we do not, but there’s suddenly a new normal.

Annie is loving it here.

She sprawls out on the floor with her deer antler and chews.  And chews.  And chews.

It’s a sight to behold.  Did I say already that Annie is my baby and that she is the spoiled rotten fatso beagle of the universe?

Finally, after a prolonged photo shoot, she wonders what I am doing and she stands up to look at me.  Go back to your antler, Annie.

I have continued to put new little touches around the apartment.  Pictures of family members sit atop a round table that came from the old house (it’s a garden table) and makes a perfect end table for the loveseat.

Some things make me sad, like glimpsing something Michaela and I were in the middle of for homeschool and will likely never finish.  Do you remember our Prairie Tuesdays?  We started our nature plates back then and still pull them out sometimes to reminisce.   I am so thankful for the years we had together homeschooling.

It has been a beautiful day here.  Fresh baked cookies, which I cannot partake of, but John and Michaela enjoyed them.  Sunshine so bright it was hard to see the computer screen!  All of our clothes washed, dried, folded and put away.  A new collection of farm charms for the shop.

Enjoy this day.


Complex Tour

My dear friends,

Would you take a little complex tour with me?  Now, this will not be complex as in difficult to understand, but as in apartment complex.  It could get complex, mind you, if we decide to analyze everything for the last two decades, but let’s just walk and enjoy, shall we?

I don’t have many new pictures so far, but I am wanting to take more and more as I go on my walks, so I can show you the things that speak to my heart.  There are things that do that here, in spite of my creatures and my beloved wildflowers and herbs being back on another street, in another yard.

Do you see any weeds?  No, I don’t either.  In all honesty, I am sort of enjoying this right now.  The grounds are kept rather meticulously (even if all the dog owners don’t always clean up after their dogs) and there is constantly someone, it seems, doing some kind of work around here.  At this point in life, it’s doing me good to rest.  To just BE.  I don’t need yard work at this point in life.  I don’t need to worry about what to compost and what to turn into tea.  I am finding solace in bright new teacups, covered in violets and roses, and a fresh box of Earl Gray from the local grocery store.  Indeed.

There are many beautiful shrubs here.  These, I think, are my favorites as far as traditional apartment landscaping goes.  I am taking copious mental notes (will this turn into a book?) on what I love and want to take always with me, even perhaps to a new home someday.

Can anyone say thick planting?  Of course it is not too much for yours truly, whose biggest problem is probably that of cluttering things up.  No, not too much for me.

And my little Annie!  Where would I be without her?  She has been a constant companion.  I have to take her everywhere with me these days, so she won’t howl and get us kicked out.  We love our walks.  Here she is staring off at some strange sight.  There are numerous dogs here.  Annie loves it!  The grounds are large and well kept and it’s an easy walk in any direction.  And we do walk in any and every direction!

Must run for now.  I am thinking my two youngest children would like to get out of the apartment and get something new to wear.  Not much.  Perhaps a new skirt for my princess and new shoes or pants for John.  All is well.

Enjoy this day.