Goodbye: live oak tree

Can you stand one more tree post? It's the last in the series. When you drive up to this house, the live oak is what you notice. It basically is the front yard. It shades all but a small fraction of the lawn, and to reach over there it would have … [Read more]

Goodbye: interior

When my mom died, she left me a little money. After thinking about how to use it for a few months, I decided she'd be happiest if I put it into the house. Formica, begone! Now I think of all the interiors as coming from her, although a strict … [Read more]

Goodbye: doors

Several years ago I wrote a poem---which I've since lost---about the doors in my house, all their openings and closings, their slammings, their lockings. Sometimes their replacements. And the way they look now, all open. Other than the front door, … [Read more]

Goodbye: garage

The two-car garage was one of the perks of this house. Our previous garage was a single, so it's been a luxury to park both cars---one a pickup---inside. There have been seasons when we didn't park in the garage, like when our son used it for a … [Read more]

New Year’s Blessing from Captain Jim

I recently finished reading L.M. Montgomery's "Anne's House of Dreams," the fifth in the Anne of Green Gables series. One of the best parts of the book is Captain Jim. Anne, Gilbert, Leslie, Marshall, and Jim are all at the lighthouse, waiting out … [Read more]

Gloom & Joy

One more thought on Christmas before we move onto New Year's and I resume my goodbye posts. The first Christmas without Mom was hard. All the fly-fishing family members from Wyoming came down — something we’d talked about for years but never … [Read more]

Have Yourself a Melancholy Christmas

If you don't recognize Christmas as the season for melancholy, then you're not paying attention. There are two places where we're expected to be of good cheer: ads, which promise to make our days merry and bright (for a fee); and Facebook, which, … [Read more]

Goodbye: front door

Previous goodbyes are here, here, and here. I made a pitch to bring the front door with us, but that would've meant replacing it before we listed the house, and frankly, we had other things to do. When we bought the house, it had a plain brown … [Read more]

Goodbye: front porch

Previous goodbyes here and here. You'll notice a theme in these posts---from the outside in. I remember the day we first saw this house with our realtor, and we walked all around the outside before going in. This front porch is smaller than the … [Read more]

Goodbye: back patio

Continuing my goodbyes to our house, as started here. This house was our rental when we moved to Fredericksburg, and when we realized we couldn't afford anything else, we worked out a price with the owner, who was anxious to divest himself of … [Read more]