The other way looked ok in my blog header, but in Real Life? It felt too much like when Laura Ingalls thought of a way to cram (albeit cleverly) all the family's furniture into their tiny half-cabin, puzzle-piece-style, in Little Town on the Prairie.
And I just couldn't take it anymore.
Both ways have their advantages, but this way, above, feels so right to me, kinda graceful like a painting, especially since I can sit comfortably upon the couch and stare at the river down the street. With the other arrangement, I had to face the back of the couch on my knees like a 6 year old. Not good.
Which, uh oh, means there is only one pleasant way to arrange my living room. Only one. Sigh.
It's so easy for most people to talk about downsizing and fall all in love with those tiny houses springing up everywhere--but it's a whole other thing to actually live inside a small house
Tom and I are finding that out. I mean, for people who use their homes only as a place to sleep and wash, but are otherwise out and about hiking and exploring the big world out there, dancing the nights away and eating out on a daily basis, well, a tiny house would be a dream.
But we are so not those people. We are dedicated homebodies who still (unfortunately) love estate sales and dragging home odd, retro furniture like we did especially at our other suburb house. That's still our favorite sport.
Oh dear. We've both got that Three Year Itch to Move. Badly. Though maybe if we had some of that new-fangled stuff called storage, we'd feel differently. S-l-o-w-l-y we're coming up with ideas, though, there's still the thing that we can't have overnight guests who don't do stairs. sigh.
True, we need to find other hobbies, but we've seriously tried to do that these past 4 years, especially, and can think of nothing other than:
Classic car shows (though we've not been to one in two years).
Visiting retro diners (which is becoming just a once yearly thing).
Country drives and car picnics (ditto).
The occasional theater movie.
Watching tv together (we're experts at that).
Yeah. We're pretty pathetic. But at least we can admit it. :)
And I know. This, too, shall pass. A good, snowy old-fashioned winter always snaps us out of the desire to move like nothing else can. Heh.
Autumn in New York! It really is as marvelous as they say. Cool, blowy, golden-hazed days.
Remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? I found this short video about the boy who played Charlie, interesting. I'm always inspired when someone is making a living at what they love doing.
Since giving up HGTV, I've thought a lot about the good old days of decorating and craft shows, ones like Carol Duvall, Kitty Bartholemew, The Home Show (loved that one!) and all these from The Discovery Channel.
There's a Bible verse which says, "Do not say the old days were better than these," but oh my. That's a very hard verse to keep in this instance. :)
Though yay! For a Carol Duvall fix, I discovered today that I can go here. (And who knows? Perhaps YouTube has clips of these other shows.)
And for extra credit, give yourself 10 points for each of these shows you recall watching:
This Small Space
Room By Room
Surprise by Design
Designing For The Sexes
While You Were Out
Home and Family on the Hallmark Channel can be interesting, but still, not quite like it used to be in the old days, imo.