There is a small but prolific vine that pops up all over the flower bed in front of the house. I left her alone at first because she was lovely and bore tiny flowers. She managed to choke and kill one of the lavender plants while I wasn’t paying attention last year, and nearly took out one of the delphinium as well. So now I pull her out as soon as I spot her murderous little tendrils. I yanked her from four locations just this morning.
There are three varieties of roses climbing up the side of the house. One of them, I found (thought it was a weed) growing wild in the backyard. She was tiny when I pulled her out and replanted her in the bed with the others. At first I didn’t think she’d survive. Now, she’s the biggest of them all, and covered in buds. I hope we get to see her bloom one last time before we go.
It’s been an odd Spring. The tulips, peonies, ferns, lilies, and bleeding hearts all came up at about the same time. The irises came too soon, and were hit with another blast of arctic temperatures, stopping them in their tracks. It was a long and bitter winter. Only one iris managed to flower at all.
Happily, the strawberries, blueberries and grapes were undaunted and are already taking shape. I do hope you enjoy them. Take care to protect the grapes or you’ll never taste them. The birds around here are quick and shameless.
About the house. I vacuum the wood floors instead of sweeping as it keeps the dust down. Once every couple of weeks a good vinegar and water mop brings out their shine. Take care to mop then dry immediately in sections.
I add a few drops of essential oil to my dust rag, varying the scent from room to room. I like eucalyptus or tea tree in the bathrooms, lemon or lime in the kitchen, geranium throughout most of the house, lavender in the bedrooms, and a combination of cinnamon and patchouli in the master. …for obvious reasons. Of course, these are just my preferences. It’s your house now.
I’ve cooked many a wonderful meal in the kitchen. I love that kitchen. We remodeled it ourselves. It was hard work, but well worth the effort. I wish you could have seen it before. Oh and the oven! A Blue Star, made in Texas. May she be as good to you as she’s been to me. The refrigerator is a beast, a Traulsen. We had to remove a section of cabinetry just to fit her in; a decision we’ve never regretted. It will glide you through pre and post preparation of all your holiday meals. She housed enough food to keep two enormous teenage boys, a grown man, a beautiful young woman and myself well fed.
The three upstairs bedrooms were our children’s rooms. After our eldest moved into his own apartment, there was an immediate shuffling of bedrooms. The smallest, originally our daughter’s, became the guest bedroom. The room at the back is ours, it’s always been ours.
Our neighborhood is safe, I mean, as safe as a neighborhood can be. We have fallen asleep with the sliding doors open. Gardenia and lilac floating in on the breeze. We’re well within walking distance of the library, movies at The Pickwick, restaurants, and the train station. Affresco is our favorite local restaurant, the ingredients are fresh, simple and made with love. The owner, Sergio, is a kind and lovely man. He’ll make you feel at home.
I will miss it here. We will all miss it here. This move is bittersweet. You see we made a life here, we raised a family, we created a home, and while four of us prepare to leave, one of us will stay. Though I know it’s time to let go, I am struggling.
Please love this home. Please care for the plants. Please know that we did not leave this place easily. We have filled this house with our love, be good to her, keep her filled with your own.
Wishing you all the best in our home, that is to say, your home.