Home at Last, Part 1

I didn’t expect to be mostly settled in our new home when school started, but it worked out that way. I’m thrilled with what we’ve accomplished in three months.

Granddaughter is launched into fifth grade. I walk her to school every morning and meet her at the corner in the afternoon. The first week or so, the dog kept pulling back to the school after she left us and I had to reassure him she would come out again. Strangely, when it’s time to go meet her at 3, he’s not interested in leaving the house.

As hoped, this is my dream house, and it’s bringing out my inner gardener, decorator and domestic goddess.

Here’s a rundown of a summer of hard work:

  • All boxes unpacked and disposed of. (Except for some in the garage that will be stored indefinitely.) Thanks to the Kerrville Garage Sale Facebook page, where I kept posting “free moving boxes,” all the boxes were scooped up over the summer.
  • Studio set up and in use. I love the space–I can sit at the work table and watch hummingbirds on the plants near the entrance, and the light is wonderful.

    The view of the front entry from the studio work table.

  • Most of the art is hung. A few large pieces that will go higher on the walls are waiting for husband to be well enough to hoist pictures up a ladder. (He’s had back problems throughout the summer. We are hoping he’s reaching resolution.)

    Large Hamilton Pool piece and lots of “water” images in living room.

    Foyer has lots of gold and suns. The small sun on the door was 50 cents at a craft store. It’s magnetic, and the door is metal.

    Hallway with gallery of family shots and a strong painting at the end. All track lighting came with the house.

    Some favorite pieces in the dining room.

    Dining room art and piano.

  • New dining table and chairs purchased online, assembled and in use. Plus a glass-topped patio table we used magic to get home from a store in San Antonio on a Sunday afternoon. The box wouldn’t fit in the car. With the help of a sweet Penney’s employee, we unpacked it, removed all the protective packing material, and just squeezed it into the back seat.
  • Granddaughter’s bedroom painted and furnished, with a new desk, bed and headboard. The walls and curtains are violet, so I call her room the “amethyst cave.”
  • Guinea pigs acquired, settled in granddaughter’s bedroom, subsequently moved to husband’s office/guest room because they’re so noisy at night, body-slamming against the cage.
  • Master bedroom cosy and comfortable, with soft sea-foam-green curtains on the window behind the bed (the decor is all blues and greens) and dark curtains on the window that aligns so perfectly with a street light it would keep us awake.

    sea-foam-green sanctuary.

    Quiet reading corner in our bedroom.

  • A two-chamber tumbling composter up and running.
  • A meditation garden with a bench, flower garden and hummingbird feeders. While I meditate the hummingbirds flit around or sit and sip at the feeders.
  • Pool clear, clean and well-maintained. The house was vacant for four months. The chemistry was bad and it took awhile to get it balanced and sparkling. (Now the nights are cooling and the season may end early this year.)

    View from the dining room.

  • A herb garden and container plants around the patio and yard. Next year we’ll have a vegetable garden.

    Our most recent acquisition, from an estate sale. It didn’t take long to find a place for it and fill it up, including part of my kaleidoscope collection.

Of course a house is never finished. There will be tweaks, additions and rearrangements. I want to put in a vegetable garden next year, look into rain-water collection and eventually add a hot tub near the pool.

Part 2 will be about what’s happening socially, spiritually, artistically and all the other ways I’m making this truly home.

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7 responses to “Home at Last, Part 1”

  1. Lindy Le Coq says :

    So light and friendly — thanks for sharing!

  2. Diane Huska says :

    The post I have been longing to hear. You’re back, and stronger than ever Jill. The villa sounds beautiful. We miss the updates! Hi to Gary & Chloe.

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