dream home

No more waiting, no more finger-crossing – I finally have the key to my new home.

As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to work on an old house and make it a home. Here, now, is the opportunity – I’m surprised and delighted to find myself in love with an 1848 brick and shingle farmhouse in the Catskills. It needs TLC; there are projects calling out for attention from every room and corner of the yard. I spent the weekend wandering from basement to porch to bathroom to wood pile; adjusting the water temperature, cleaning the sink, staring at a patch of mystery ivy (Boston or poison?!), starting my billionth list, sitting down in shock, and then making the rounds again. The thought of all the to dos makes me want to lie down.

Just when I was getting overwhelmed, the local welcoming committee rep. showed up and insisted on rubbing his body all over us, rolled over and showed us the gray spot on his chest, and when I walked away decided to climb my leg!

Thank goodness for friendly neighbors and heavy denim.

15 Responses to “dream home”

  1. Liza Says:

    Obviously a WONDERFUL place if the cat has already found you. And she looks like a great neighbor. I am so happy for you!


  2. Wendy Says:

    Hurray!! You did it, it’s yours! Can’t wait for more pics and tales and tails.

  3. Julia Says:

    Congratulations!!! Your new place sounds great.There might be a lot to do but every decision you make will make the place feel more like home.
    I like the look of your neighbour 🙂

  4. jude Says:

    wow, what a dream come true! nothing like a house to wander around in and fix. kitty must be very happy in the green. …and i suppose there will be more pictures! all the best adventures are being wished for you….

  5. Barb Says:

    What a lovely introduction…key and kitty.

  6. boodely Says:

    With all these responses I’m feeling very encouraged!! Yes, more pictures soon.

  7. christine Says:

    The beginning of a wonderful adventure and soooo many possibilities. Congradulations, you made it happen, well the universe helped too.

  8. Jennie Says:

    congratulations! I’m excited to hear more about your home-owning adventures and to see more photos. If those walls could talk, the stories you’d hear!

  9. jen Says:

    oh congratulations! are you going to take pics (not necessarily all for the blog) so tyou can chart your progress? I like to read a blog called makingitlovely, about the gradual transformation of a home. Enjoy the journey!

  10. ina and gumby Says:

    … c’est fantastique … wunderbar … wonderful … brava brava … bravo … estyn … great news … when shall we have a knitting party?! … happy days indeed … mille baci …

  11. enthusia Says:

    Oh, joy! Congratulations!

  12. Margaret Says:

    after 20-plus years of wandering, list-making, paralysis, lying down…you know what i have gotten myself into. you’re on the path now (uh-oh!). i wish you all the happiness i’ve had from my endless puttering, and more.

  13. boodely Says:

    Yes, it seems I’m in excellent company when it comes to taking on giant, exciting, paralyzing projects. That’s a comfort.

  14. Ellen Says:

    ditto ditto ditto to all the above.
    you found yet another diamond in the rough, you have quite an “eye”.

  15. Alexa Johnson Says:

    How much I’ve missed while we’ve been away! So many congratulations to you! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures in the mountains and to watching your home and yard transform, even a little at a time. All the best to you!

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