One of our favorite past times is dreaming of all the things we are going to do to the farmhouse to finally finish the place. One of my concerns way back when we purchased the farmhouse was that the cottage would become the neglected child...an afterthought. I feared it would crumble into disrepair and always come in second place when it came to putting money towards repairs or improvements. Given that we are not millionaires... we have had to make choices.
I have had to really try to get the cottage a little respect. Last year it got a few long overdue upgrades. This year the job is almost finished. Don't get me wrong, there is still plenty that could/should be done, but we are on a positive trend here! The farmhouse had to take a backseat last year to the cottage, "Take that farmhouse!".
I love the cottage! This week I have been cleaning out at least 25 years of crap and I keep finding more and more memories and find myself falling in love with the cottage all over again. For such a small place with relatively sparse storage space, we sure did ferret away a lot of crap over the years! This was the year for me to do the big clean out! Throw away memories with reckless abandon! Clean slate! Get rid of the clutter! Well, kinda...let's not go crazy here, I'm not quite ready to get rid of that orange, yellow and black sunset hooked rug yet and the baseball hat collection is still intact...except for the ones that disintegrated!
|The cottage 2009....where my children learned to love this place.|
|Our first walk on the sandbars....priceless!|