It took me a long while to adjust to the idea of selling the home we had lived in for almost seventeen years.
It took me even longer to adjust to leaving the city I had grown up nearby,
moved back to as an adult, and had lived in for the past nineteen years.
Even if we were moving just over the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington,
it was a huge transition in my mind.
Last week, I was running errands and fighting the traffic back in the city,
and for the first time since we moved my thought was "I'm glad we've moved out of this traffic"
instead of feeling like I was glad to be back home.
I guess I've finally adapted, not just to our new home, which I love,
but to our new hometown.
My other concern was how my family would adjust, particularly the grandkids.
Our former home was the only one they'd ever known as Papa and Nana's house.
Lately, even the grandkids have mentioned how much better they like this house.
The more open floor plan is much better for family events,
and they like the quiet neighborhood and the little park nearby.
We've still got projects to do on our new to us home,
even so, we're thankful and grateful and content.
Today, I'm showing you some touches around the house that I love.
I love the little breakfast nook that we turned into a sitting area for my husband and I.
(It's a great read aloud spot with the grandkids!)
I love the little touches of whimsy, like a peanut can used to hold a plant
and an old Tonka truck that our youngest grandson plays with when he comes over.
My old blue dresser, the only piece of furniture I have from my childhood home,
sits in the reading nook.
Bonnie the cow, is another fun touch of whimsy.
I've kind of got a thing for demijohns lately, and I recently added this one,
and one top of my dish cabinet.
Plants are another thing I've been adding here and there.
My husband mention the other day that the roses in the basket on the wall had died.
I told him that they've dried not died, but he just didn't seem to get the difference. (haha!)
I'm so glad we decided to make the family room that was open to the kitchen into a large dining space instead.
It just works perfectly for us and for having family and friends over.
You know I love my breadboard collection!
Here's the other demijohn I referred to earlier holding a cotton stem I picked up at a local antique store.
I love the shiplap accent wall that we put in the dining room.
When this room was used as a family room by the previous owners,
the fireplace was on the wall where the shiplap now is.
We turned it to face the large living area, which used to be a living room/formal dining room combination.
This old second hand copper pot is the finishing touch that I've been looking for on the shiplap wall.
Well, it's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a safe and BLESSED weekend!