Life has been crazy around here for the last few months. I sold my house in Idaho last month, but am renting it back from the new owner until my daughter graduates. My husband’s job is moving him to Utah this summer, so we’ve been driving there way too much looking for houses. We found one, and it officially closed today so that I can say I own it. Here’s a picture. Isn’t it cute? I like it, but there will be lots of work to do since it’s new (window coverings, landscaping, finishing the basement, and probably other things I haven’t thought of; ugh). I swore I’d never get a new house again…but I fell in love with this one when we came across it almost finished. Now I’ll swear again…that I will never get a new house after this. We’ll see if I listen to myself in the future.
This is the view out of my new office window. I’m kind of in love and can’t wait to get down there to use it. The house backs up to a bird preserve, and the few times we’ve gone to see it, the birds put on quite a show. I’m looking forward to being a spectator.
However, I will miss my Idaho home. It’s served my family well for the last 10 years. When we moved here, the yard was nothing but dirt (like my new one will be) and we got the full force of the sun in our west facing backyard. Over the years, we’ve planted trees and bushes to hide the neighbors and sun. I’ve planted iris starts from my Grandma’s yard and starts from other people’s yards that I picked up for free too. And now I’m leaving a lush paradise with hundreds of irises in bloom and other beautiful plants and trees I adore. It makes me sad, but I’m excited for the new adventure ahead of us.
Every place has their positives, and I love people who are passionate about where they live. My brother is that way. He’s moved a ton, and every time he gets to a new place, he makes it home and declares that nowhere else is as awesome as where he lives. Until he moves again…and then the next place becomes the most awesome place on earth. I like his attitude.
I’m going to dig up iris starts to take with me to beautify my unfinished backyard in Utah. They are all blooming right now and I am savoring their beauty and scent…and loving the new variations that are emerging. Here are some of my favorites (I counted 20 different kinds this year).
My blog might be slightly slacking for the next month or so as I pack up and move…and then unpack and try to make my new house a home. It will be hectic and fun. I hope your summer is awesome. (Stay tuned for a review of May’s Matchmaker book next week…or when I get to it–it’s a good one).