When I read about Carole's Ten on Tuesday topic for this week, this song just jumped right into my head. . .
(You knew it would, didn't you?)
Like Carole, I love my house!
We've lived in this house for nearly 12 years now. It's so weird to think that it could possibly have been so long ago . . . that we moved to Kalamazoo in a whirlwind . . . whipped into a frenzy from our first corporate downsizing* . . . trying to find a home for our soon-to-be high school freshman and new 6th grader!
Brian and I actually "found" our house while looking at options online. The two things that sold us on its charms - right through the computer screen - were two things I still really love about our house.
1 -- I love the curved brick fireplace in my living room (although not so much with the screen. . . but JoJo's love of "sticks" of all kind make it absolutely essential).
2 -- I love the library! This little room is right at the front of the house, with a bay window on one wall and this wall of shelves on another. (Before my Kon-Mari craze, those shelves were packed FULL of books, I'll have you know. Now . . . there are whole, empty shelves in there.) This room - which may have been The Factor that convinced us to buy the house -- is where I spend most of my time (I'm sitting in it now. . . ) as it's quiet and comfortable for reading, knitting, and working.
Once we moved in, I loved making the house our home!
3 -- I love all of our big windows and the views they provide, like this one in my living room - looking out into my backyard. (Of course, these are the same windows I'm whining about now . . . as we're getting those replacement quotes.)
4 -- I love my garden. When we first moved in, I must admit that I was completely frustrated and overwhelmed by the extreme "cross-slope" of the yard. But, over the years, I've learned how to live with it and sort of . . . claim it as my own!
5 -- I love my kitchen. It's big with plenty of space for cooking and gathering together. (And it's even nicer now, with new appliances that all match!) (Maybe someday I'll get around to switching out the cabinet hardware, too.)
6 -- I love my front-porch view. Because of that same cross-slope I still whine about from time to time, I do have a pretty fabulous view from the top of our hill. And, because my house faces west, I get to enjoy fabulous sunsets -- and impressive approaching storms, too.
7 -- I love that our house is comfortable -- not fussy. We have plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the things we like to do. Our house is the kind of house you can kick back in without worry.
8 -- I love that my house reflects our personalities. You could say our "decorating style" is just kind of an eclectic mix of . . . stuff we like.
9 -- I love the location of our house. We are close to pretty much everything -- yet secluded enough that I can create a wildlife habitat in my own backyard! Five minutes from the highway . . . AND a yard full of woodland creatures. You really can't beat that!
10 -- But mostly what I love about my house . . . is the comfort and warmth and happy memories we've created within it! It really is . . . a very, very, very fine house.
How about YOU? What do you love about your house?
* Three downsizings, so far. (And counting. . .)