Wednesday, May 28, 2008


And then there are wonderful days like this one.

Tom and I were due, at noon, to meet our real estate lady for a final inspection out at our new old house (as I tend to call it since we're talking about a nearly 130 year old house and to just call it 'new' sounds strange). Anyway, I woke him up this morning and said, "Hey! How about if we get out to the house early, way before Cher does, so we can walk through the places in the barn which we haven't even seen yet. And we can walk out a ways on the property, too."

Tom thought that a good idea (and liked it even better once he was actually awake). So we drove out there beneath the most gorgeous sunny blue skies and pulled into the gravel driveway of this soon-to-be-ours house and hardly before Tom shut off the engine I'd leaped outside of the car and began my own inspection. I ran to the huge garden and looked it (and its weeds) over. I gazed to my left and told Tom (who'd finally caught up), to look! And there was a second orchard which we'd not even seen before because the trees are all babies. But they are trees. And we do have two whole orchards of our own.

Then we examined the barn almost board by board, including the chicken coop which we never did see before and a room off of it which will be a perfect place to lock-up Tom's tools until we enclose the carport on the side of the barn. We found a bird nest in the rafters complete with baby birds and we discovered lots of wood pieces which we'll be able to burn when we get a woodstove (very near the top of our 'must get list').

Then we walked around our pretty green property and noted lots of trees and lots of tall grasses which need to be mowed. And beyond a grove of small trees I pictured the picnic place I have all sorts of plans for. I'd like to lay a 12 foot by 12 foot floor of flat stones and surround it with flowers, a barbeque pit and one of those little white half-circle bridges. Of course, I'd also love an tiny, adorable gingerbread-like house out there, but as we told Cher later when we strolled with her out there, we'll save that cute cottage house for when we're rich. heh. Tom (the extreme nature lover) kept pointing out all the birds in the trees, but I was like, "Yeah, yeah birds. I know. We can see those anywhere. But can you believe all the trees there are back here?" The sense of discovery, the delight of all outdoors, well, we both felt like children again.

Then Tom and I discovered that the house was unlocked and though he was all nervous about our actually going inside, I burst right in, laughed at his nervousness and breezed through all the sunny rooms and talked to myself, too, as I checked details I'd forgotten to check before. Eventually, I talked Tom into the house ("What is anyone gonna do? Sue us for walking into this empty, unlocked house which is more ours at this moment than the previous owners?"). So I checked out all the rooms again, with Tom this time, then we went and picked up hamburgers down the street at the little everything-in-one-place corner market. We brought back the burgers and sat in the car before the barn (not having any insect repellent to ward off insects) and dreamed some more and planned some more.

Oh, we have two-hundred plans for Healing Acres. And on Friday afternoon we will begin the doing of those plans.
I simply cannot wait.

5 comments:

... Paige said...

What an absolutely wonderful name!

janice said...

Where are you going to put the woodstove? In the basement or in one of the first floor rooms?

Debra said...

Paige--thanks. I think it was God's idea--it just came to me when I wasn't even trying to think of a name.
Janice--the woodstove would go in the livingroom. For the first nine years of our marraige our only source of heat was a woodstove, so we are used to them, or were, anyway, long ago. Though this time it would mostly just be a supplemental form of heat for times of power failure or ectreme cold, etc. Thanks for asking. :)
...Debra

janice said...

I'm glad to hear someone using a woodstove as a decorative item as well as the purposs to which it was intended. It'll look very cozy in the living room with the snow falling outside, lucky you.

That's going to be very cool, I hope you'll post pics.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Wow, I feel so happy just feeling happy for you and Tom! It popped into my head that ecologists say the amount of life above a piece of land is equaled by the amount of life under the ground. (I was thinking of Tom's birds, but there are surely lots more life forms above the ground.) And two orchards! Wow! And a barn. Has it a wood floor anywhere where you can dance? Or have plays? Oh, there is just so much potential for beautiful Healing Acres!