Getting to know you

So, for the past couple of days I’ve been getting to know our new house. When we first looked at it with our realtor, it had pale yellow/tan walls, sea shells on the wall, and lots of spiritual or self-help signs like “take it easy” and “live for today.” It was a pretty cute house. So we bought it.

Once the seller moved out, and all of her belongings were gone, the house suddenly became sort of dreary and bland. I was and still am worried that it will be hard to warm up to it. So I’ve been trying to spend some time there, walk around, touch the walls, get to know the house.

I’ve found many unexpected “gifts” during this process. There is a hummingbird feeder hidden among some bushes in the yard. There is an ornate cross nailed to one of our trees where it looks like lightening might have struck at some point. In one of the bushes by our porch, I’ve found a small garden gnome. There are a couple of frog statuettes hiding under some leaves by our front door.

All of these discoveries are great and surprising, but also fill me with concern. Is the house hiding weird, unpleasant stuff too? I guess only time will tell.

My other adventure with the house has been the guy, Jeff, who is painting it. He is one of Drew’s friends, a general contractor who is giving us a huge price break on the paint job. Much appreciated!

He’s been working with another guy, who lives in a cottage on Jeff’s property. He is a disabled Vietnam vet who has some “issues,” according to Jeff, so he took him in and is giving him work. “It’s good karma,” I told Jeff, “to help out someone like that.” He agreed then continued to tell me that his friend is an excellent musician and that they often sit and write music together.

Now, I don’t know Jeff well, but what I know about him are the following: He is an excellent craftsman, he writes and draws political cartoons for Drew’s newspaper, and apparently he also writes music and sings. “You are a real renaissance man,” I told him. He laughed. It was somehow comforting. Maybe his good karma will transfer to the house through the paint brush.

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