Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Dream House

I was out of town and without my cell phone when my husband got the call. I came back to find we were moving to a new house! A one story rancher with an entire acre of land. The ceilings are a little low and it faces north (not good in our climate) but I plan to flip the dining room with the living room (easy-peasy fix) and we'll spend winters drenched in lovely warmth from the south-facing windows. The old owners apparently left a few things behind: a hulking brown refrigerator in the kitchen along with their laminate counters circa 1950. Oh, how I'll miss my granite! But at least I know my current cherished fridge will fit. Also a spindly-legged mahogany dining table got left behind. And the biggest pumpkin that I've ever seen sitting outside in the backyard. I'm not sure if the turkey I saw in the yard is a visiting neighbor or if she came with the house. I guess I'll need a bigger chicken coop! And a fenced run since there are coyotes in the area.  There's plenty of room to pasture a milk producer (sheep? goat? Jersey cow!)although there's no barn or shed. And I guess my potager just became a farm. Also it's county land and I'll be free of CC&Rs that don't allow me to have a compost heap or clothesline. Maybe I shouldn't have lumped the compost in with clean clothes in that sentence. But assuming they won't be anywhere near each other...can you just about smell those air-dried sheets this summer? And The Bombshells won't have to be a clandestine operation any more.  And wonder of wonders, it has a mudroom. Hallelujah! A laundry area on one side and I think just enough room for locker-style storage and a bench on the other. The oddest thing is that they took the old mailbox that was on the old stump and we have to wait for the post office to deliver a new one. What's up with that? The outside is red brick and white siding--that might change eventually, but right now practical thoughts like double-paned low-E windows and lots of insulation are going through my mind instead. It might be raining outside, but everytime I think of it the sun comes out! It's only three miles from our current home, so I will still see our current fabulous neighbors. And it's only a couple of doors down from a friend with kids the same age that I did a Cub Scout den with and I have other friends along the country road. Lots and lots of work but it's the perfect home for us.

I woke up smiling this morning, then I realized it really was "just" a dream. How I wish I could have kept sleeping a while longer in that paradise of a world.  There were so many details that it seemed real.  And all the while I kept saying, "It's the perfect house!"

I know we passed that rancher (for sale) on the way to Costco yesterday and I do have a large pumpkin in my backyard to the delight of the chickens, so I know where certain elements came from.  But it's the best dream I've ever had and I think it told me something about where my heart is now. And I plan to start cruising that area west of us just in case there really is a brick home with no mailbox and a turkey roaming the front yard. And it might just be for sale. Who knows? Stranger things have happened.

Meanwhile, I'm up and thrilled with my vision even if it was just my dream, and the chickens are clucking outside for some breakfast and the doggitys are waiting to get sprung from their crates and give me good morning cuddles. The winds died down as the front passed and rain fell overnight and the sun is starting to peek out. And I'm living in a home I love right now.  And I'm not disappointed that it was a dream, just happy I had it.  Life is good!

Dreamily yours,

9 comments:

  1. Well I was thrilled for you right up until you said it was a dream. LOL! Maybe it is really nearby somewhere.

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  2. What?! Huh? How come I didn't hear about all this!......I should have known! That kidding around is in the genes!

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  3. This made me smile. I love dreams that make you wake up happy to start the day. I also know lots of people that have had inspiration come in dream form (not me though), so pray about it :) Even if it is just a dream, it is fun.

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  4. Your are the winner of my Giveaway!!! Please email me so I can have Ramsign get in contact with you. A new sign for the Dream House maybe?
    ldawns1@hocking.net

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  5. Hip hip hooray for you and the blond bombshells! I am happy you have enough land to let those ladies run and play.... and a garden to dig in and a place in the sun to hang their bloomers. Seriously, congrats on your new home!

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  6. I was so excited for you and all your new decorating adventures, only to be bummed out to discover it was just a dream. :( But you are right, maybe that "dream" house is out there. Stranger things have happened.

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  7. A lovely and telling dream. I once went to a dream workshop, and learned that the house in our dreams represents ourselves...and so this would fit perfectly because it told you where your heart is now.
    Hope you find this place...already complete with e windows, insulation, and let's not forget the granite counter tops. xo

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  8. ha! That was a completely wild dream! I was all "whoa! just like that and you have a new house!". That is seriously crazy details to have in a dream! But how could you ever leave your garden?!

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  9. You had me convinced there, you certainly have more detailed dreams than I do! It's good that you're happy in the home you have at the moment though, means that even while you're looking for the house from your dream, you won't feel unhappy about walking through your own front door.

    Sometimes my dream house stings when I think of it. Most of it, I know won't happen, so I don't dwell on it too much but there's one thing that won't happen that I really regret. I want my house to stand on its own little bit of land, the way that a lot of the Canadian and American houses do. I really want that and it's highly unlikely to happen. They don't build them like that here. And the ones even approaching the picture I have in my head tend to have a crazy house valuation sitting on top of them.

    There are other aspects of my dream house though, that I can achieve. I might even have some chickens myself one day. :) I have neither the space or the know how at the moment, so it'd be cruel but one day, I will.

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