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Wednesday, November 17, 2010


18 years ago yesterday my late hubby Gary, myself, our puppy Boo, sister Pammie and her puppy Lady moved into this house. That's almost 20 years ago!

It happened to be Gary's birthday the day we moved in. No party that year! It was all about unpacking gazillions of boxes, trying out the hot tub, and trying to live around some almost finished renovations downstairs. The downstairs (basement) was completely finished, but we needed to add a kitchen where there used to be a bar. While that was going on, Pammie and her puppy (Lady, who we lost last year) "lived" in our upstairs tiny little den for about 2 weeks. It was cramped for everyone, but it was so exciting!

In the years since, many changes have taken place in our home. First and foremost, Gary passed away suddenly at home one morning from a heart attack after we'd been here about 3 years. For another while it was just Pammie, myself and the doggies, until I met and married my current hubby.

Once he moved in, things started to change. The house was at that time already 30 years old and it seemed that suddenly everything started getting old and needing repairs or replacing. Over the next decade or so the roof was replaced, the front sidewalk, windows and doors. And WE all got older too. When I moved in here I was all but a whippersnapper of 40 years old. Now I'm almost 59!

Where do the years go so quickly? I know we all ask that question. For me, they have gone into a memory bank somewhere in my heart and head.

The house and yard look so much different than in 1992 as well. Where there used to be just green expanse of lawn, now there are flower beds and more trees. My hubby is quite the landscaper. I actually like this look better, and on hot summer days there is a lot more shade in the front windows.

Of course if I were to take that same "after" picture today, you would see no leaves on the trees and some white stuff on the lawn. Yep we finally got snow yesterday and winter has arrived!

Life isn't static, it is ever changing. And so is my house.

Having grown up an Airforce brat, this is the LONGEST I've ever lived in one house. And I rather like that.

Love Jude


Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

Time does fly by really fast. Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Years, Centuries. Once you were young and today your older, then one day poof your old.

I'm sure you have learned to take nothing for granted. Change be it life, death or just another day happens quickly.

Your house looks great. Repairs just drain the bank account. That's the joy of homeownership. You pay for the place and you pay to fix what breaks.

Hopefully you will have many more wonderful years in the house you call home. Wishing you all the best!

6:24 PM, November 17, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

You're so right Jer, I HAVE learned not to take things for granted, most especially people I love.

Yes, home ownership is expensive but worth it!

Have a great week!

7:04 PM, November 17, 2010  
Blogger Fullmoondolphin said...

Yep, time sure does fly. It's amazing to think how long ago it all really was.

8:35 PM, November 17, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

I know! Wouldn't it be nice to have the energy we had then, and no aches and pains? LOL

9:34 PM, November 17, 2010  
Blogger Bobbie said...

Your home looks beautiful. What a change from 18 years ago! You and hubby have done so much work on it.

Hope you don't get too much of the white stuff. Rumor has it that we may get a bit this weekend too.

10:03 PM, November 17, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Bobbie, it doesn't look like the same house. We've had a little bit of snow, but it's that wind and cold temperatures that are the killer at the moment. Ugh! Hopefully you won't get too much of it, have a good week!

10:08 PM, November 17, 2010  
Blogger Janna said...

Hello my dear Sista J :o) Such a warm, inviting house you have! Thanks for always sharing your inspiring thoughts and lovely photos. Yes, time does fly by. I moved to NYC 20 years ago ... in my 30's! SO much has happened to ALL of us since those days.

Enjoy your weekend and stay warm! Can't believe your frigid temps already, brrrr! xoxo

9:03 AM, November 20, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thank you Janna, and yes I agree SO many changes in our lives in so many ways in the past years!

We got spoiled rotten here with a beautiful October and November, up until mid month when cold temps and snow finally arrived. At least winter won't be overly long this year. :-)

Have a great weekend Sista J.! Love you! xox

9:49 AM, November 20, 2010  

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