Five years ago today I bought my first (and current) home. Wow, time flies!
It’s bitter sweet really, thinking back to the day I signed on the dotted line, because my dad came with me to the closing. If you read my most recent post (HERE), you’ll understand why it’s hard this year.
Rewind to this day five years ago, and it was rainy and miserable, after the walkthrough my real estate agent went to the wrong office location so he wasn’t there, the sellers weren’t at closing either, and of course I was a nervous wreck because this was THE biggest thing I had ever gotten myself into. But I made it through, with my dad by my side. Once we finished with all of the nitty gritty, we went to Mickey D’s for lunch, then went to the house (MY house!) and started tackling my least favorite part of the whole place: those cabinets over the kitchen island! It was quite an ordeal that made my mom a nervous wreck (especially when she didn’t hear from us for hours!), but we got it done and suddenly anything was possible.
Over the next couple of weeks, before I actually moved in, my mom helped me clean everything from top to bottom (and by help, I really mean she did it all), and my dad willingly agreed to assist with my crazier requests (like changing out all of the outlets and switches from almond to white— and I don’t mean just the plates, I mean changing the actual sockets and switches). He helped me paint and put furniture together (IKEA!), install bookcases and my electric fireplace. He made a back plate for my magnetic knife holder and installed all of my blinds. The memories of him helping me make this house my home are ones I’ll cherish forever. Thank you, Daddy!
The last five years have had a lot of ups, and, more recently, a lot of downs. I wrote about how this online space has given me a sense of normalcy to my life when everything else was turned upside down. And then when I just couldn’t do it anymore, I wrote about needing to give myself grace, permission to not meet every self imposed deadline, and time to just be for the remainder of 2019, postponing any content I had planned previously… And then at the end of the year, when we were shell shocked after learning my dad’s cancer had come back, I just put it on the back burner indefinitely. But in the two months since my dad passed away, I’ve decided that I think I’m ready to start it back up. And since this blog is mostly driven by my life at home and how I go about decorating that home, I thought the five year anniversary of buying this place would be a perfect time to officially relaunch it. So here I am!
I know the world is in a CRAZY place at the moment, unlike anything we’ve ever seen, and maybe the last thing it needs is another blog putting content out right now. But maybe that’s exactly what it needs. In a time when almost everything about our way of life is flipped upside down, maybe we need something to help us stay upright. As I said last year, when my own personal world was turned upside down after my dad’s cancer diagnosis, sometimes you need to hold on to a piece of normalcy to keep from going insane. That’s what this space was for me then, and that’s what it’s going to be for me now. And hopefully it will be that for you too.
While so much is unknown during this global pandemic, like how long it’s going to last, and how long we’ll be social distancing and wearing masks, this is something I have control over. I can’t guarantee I’ll keep a perfect schedule, but I’m going to try. I don’t have everything planned out quite yet, but I imagine there will be a lot of things about being at home and making the most of all the little moments. I am also considering having a Monday Musings column (on Mondays, of course) to recap life of late, and other such things. And then having regular planned content come out on Wednesdays. Sound good?
I hope you’ll join me as we relaunch this little blog once again! Third time’s a charm, right?
Let’s enjoy a little escape to normalcy together, shall we?