|Loki enjoying the "Studio"|
Through the whole process.. the phrase that kept being repeated was "we can make this work" and "OMG we're homeless" or "babe, guess what.. we're homeless."
Not to make light of the serious issue of homelessness.. but there is something about owning a home, and then not.. and owning-a-currently-just-land-but-soon-to-be-built-house-but-not-yet that leaves one will a feeling of loss.. and slight disorientation.
|Inari on neighborhood watch at the new place.|
A few things stood out to us that first night in the Studio.. it was hot, and our cats were WILD. Also.. I'm glad we really love each other, and already have quite a few years of cohabitation under our belts. Small spaces can do some serious damage to a marriage if you don't really love your partner and their empty Mountain Dew bottles.
|A rare peaceful moment.|
So.. time to break for lunch, and a run to Target to get another vacuum. I swear, I only cried like 6 times that day. Once we got everything cleaned, with our new "it'll do" vacuum, we took a few minutes to enjoy the house together one last time.
We sprawled on the floor of the Master bedroom.. and daydreamed. About what our new house would be like. About what we'd miss.. and what living in the studio will be like for the next few months. We dreamed about our porch, and garage, and basement. About new floor tiles, and laundry rooms, and how to decorate for Christmas. We talked and laughed about what we hoped would work out and the future freak-outs to come. We sat there silent for a bit.. just watching the wobbley ceiling fan spin. Then we were back.. laughing at how funny it will be to see the kittens in the new house.. Loki running down the stairs with his belly swinging, and Inari finding her perfect perch on top of the kitchen cabinets.
It was the perfect way to end the chapter of our first home. In love, and hopeful. Just like when we bought it.