How do you start a letter to a friend with whom you have fallen out of touch? How do you summarize the time that has passed and apologize for your neglect? When neither party is harboring hurt feelings or latent aggression, it seems to me that the best route skips the regrets and dives into the present. With this in mind, I won't bore any who may be reading this with tales of the spring and summer that have passed, except to mention that I bought a house.
I have owned said house for about five months. It is a cute house - charming and cottage like without any major projects that require immediate attention. The yard has received the majority of my attention thus far, little though that attention may be. Let's just say I've noticed with house projects that sometimes the idea is more fun than the execution.
Now that the calendar has turned my thoughts toward cooler days, I've found myself obsessively pinning fall decor. As I have yet to put a single picture on the wall, it seems likely that I won't get around to filling an antique wagon with pumpkins to ensure that my porch is autumnally welcoming to visitors. And this my friends gets at the crux of my issue these days - priorities. I did not arrive at home ownership with large piles of cash at my disposal, so I feel obliged to make sure my meager funds are used wisely. This means that when I'm faced with the opportunity to purchase said antique wagon, I deliberate over the choice like I'm selecting the name of my firstborn son. This is especially annoying because an hour later I'll remember that I can't buy wagons and pumpkins until I buy a vacuum. Essentials over extras, the bane of the adult existence.
By the time I've reached the end of said deliberation (wagon or vacuum? but which vacuum? there are so many and the carpet around here is so few...) I've usually found myself debating the choices with a few friends. Trust me, nothing makes you feel more ungrateful than when you're caught complaining about the fact that you can't afford to buy the antique wagon that you know would totally complete your ideal porch look. Stop the presses... here I am again, having this same conversation about the burdens of home ownership.
While I continue to draw my focus away from pumpkins and back to vacuum research, I've admired the organization of Bre Rose, a new homeowner herself. She's been sharing fabulous room by room checklists that combine inspiration shots with what needs to get done in each space to make their house, home. I admire her ability to bridge the divide between aspiration and perspiration, and hope to incorporate something along these lines in future posts. Until then, consider the above picture a taste of what I'm aspiring to as I travel the path of home ownership.