“Have you thought of an ending?”
“Yes, several, all are dark and unpleasant.”
“Oh, that won’t do! Books ought to have good endings. How would this do: and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?”
“It will do well, if it ever came to that.”
“Ah! And where will they live? That’s what I often wonder.”
~ J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
It’s that time again. The time when a lot of us sit down and write up a post about the past year, reminiscing about the good times, the bad times, and the in between times. Well, maybe not the in between times so much. Not everyone spends much time with the in between times. The highs and lows often get more attention.
Since it is a tradition for me, I’ll ramble on a bit about 2013. I won’t do a pictorial retrospective because I have other things to show you. Anyone want to see the nearly finished kitchen?
Pardon the mess. M and I were so excited last night that we started unpacking, and still haven’t figured out where everything is going to go. We still have much sorting to do. I have a feeling we’ll be donating more than a few items to Goodwill. To me, downsizing means simplifying. I’d rather do that than pack the cabinets and drawers full of things I won’t use because they’re too inconvenient to get to. I did clear out a few things in an attempt to “stage” the new kitchen, but you know what? It’s a working kitchen. What you are about to see is probably as unmessy as it will ever get.
On with the ramble. 2013 has been an interesting year, that’s for sure. If you’d told me last year at this time that M and I would be moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I’m not sure I would have believed you, and the tiny part of me that did believe might have thought, “Oh! It’s so pretty out that way! I bet we’ll love it!”
And if you had told me that I would spend a few months struggling with this move once we’d made it, I’m not sure I would have believed that, either. M and I have moved more than a few times over the course of our marriage. Sure, there’s always a bit of an adjustment, but never a struggle.
It has been a growing year for me, on many levels. I suppose that is what change does to a person, makes them grow whether they like it or not. There might be some people who shrivel up, but I think most of us grow.
I’m happy to say it’s getting better. Last night, for the first time since we moved in, I said to M, “This is going to be a really nice house someday.” I believe it, too. I have faith in us, and faith in the good bones and structure of the house.
Like it is for many people, the kitchen has always been the heart of our home. Having this kitchen (nearly) finished means the heart surgery on this home is (nearly) finished. The space is ready to be filled with warmth, laughter, celebrations, friends, and (of course) good food.
As for the rest, I have faith that it will happen, all in good time. Or all on Eastern Shore Time.
The Next Great Project is scheduled to begin on Monday. The permits are all approved, signed, stamped, and ready to go. JT, the man doing the job, called today saying he wants to start on Monday so that makes it as official as it’s going to get for now.
The Next Great Project is why we’ve been cleaning out the trash under the deck and one of the thickets. Oh! I almost forgot to tell you about M’s latest discovery. He found a big bucket filled with homemade sauerkraut. He said it didn’t smell too bad, but we’re not going to be exploring the taste. It went into the trash pile. Faith does not take me as far as eating something found in the thicket rubbish heap.
Well, I should get back to the kitchen to unpack and sort. The Next Big Project involves a room where we housed most of the kitchen stuff while the kitchen renovation was going on, and we need to get it emptied before Monday. Thank you for stopping by today and over the course of the past year. Thank you for being with me throughout this big change in my life. Most of all, thank you for being you.
Wishing you peace, love, magic, wonder, and joy in 2014!
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
~ L. M. Montgomery