We’re so enamored by the house that we rarely want to leave it. It’s a lot like when you’re in a new relationship. In the beginning, you want to spend all your time staring longingly into each other’s eyes, holding hands and whispering “I love yous”. You never want to leave your new paramour’s side, lest you miss a moment of his or her beauty.
Yep, that’s how we feel about the Dream House. Of course, all relationships change. Eventually, you’re sleeping in separate beds and trying to take separate vacations. And I’m sure we’ll reach that point with the house – when we want to escape it rather than escape to it. Presently, however, we have to <em>force</em> ourselves to leave the house. Of course, the cold weather is not helping matters.
Still, we don’t want to become complete shut-ins. After a week of hiding out from the cold weather and working on house projects, I took myself out for a little sightseeing yesterday. The weather conditions were not ideal for it, but I was happy to have the reminder that we were attracted to the Dream House not only for the house itself. We also fell in love with the landscape around the house.
As I drove down the long lane that leads to one of the parks I visited yesterday, I saw an eagle soaring overhead. And then, within a few minutes, a group of five deer ambled across the path in front of my car.
Despite the fact that the wind chill was somewhere around -30 degrees yesterday, I’m happy that I got out and saw the sights. It was a nice reminder that our lives at the Dream House will shift dramatically when spring arrives.
Now it’s your turn, readers. Take yourselves out for sightseeing – even if you’re already quite familiar with the landscape around you. Snap some pics and be a tourist in your own town. You might just be reminded why you live there in the first place.
— J. Blandings
Images: Mr. and Mr. Blandings