This past weekend, I watched many episodes on HGTV, about Tiny Houses. Cute little places that come on wheels and you park them in a Tiny House park or on land you own. In other words, trailers. But, we can't call them that. Oh no--that would take away the appeal to modern people and cost 1/4 the price! LOL
When I first got married, we lived in a Tiny House, but that wasn't what it was called. Back then, it was called what is really was--a trailer. 160 square feet.
A year later, I moved to my brand new, just built home, only 1080 sq. feet, but enough room for three bedrooms, bath, kitchen, dining and living room.
Ten years later, we moved to my Grandma's house. Two story, full basement, over 2,000 sq. feet, not counting the basement. Now, that was living!!
Then I moved to Saginaw and the house had a full finished basement. 1,400 sq. feet, not counting the basement. Three bedrooms, bath and a half, living room, kitchen and family room. I lived there 12 years. Corner lot, nice little house.
Then I moved here 13 years ago. Not a Tiny House, although it came on wheels, in two pieces. 960 sq. feet. A Wee House and just the perfect size for me!!
Monday was my little sister's 64th birthday! I never, ever thought I'd still be alive when she was this age. She has been sick again with that nasty flu bug that has been going around. She has had it twice in two months time!!! Yes--she did have her flu shot. I still think a lot of the congestion is caused by the smoke that their fireplace expels every time the door is opened and by the dust from the dry wall.
They are finally finishing up their last project in the house. New master bedroom en' suite--I think that's what they call it on HGTV. Not so much their bedroom, that is in what used to be the parlor, but redoing the bedroom next to it, into a bath and huge closet/dressing room.
What did I get my little sister for her birthday? Well, I got her a coloring book and a case holding 72 colored pencils, of course.
My Dad's mother, Grandma Helene, Susan and Me.
Mother's Day, 1953
Monday was also the 4th anniversary of my best friends passing. SHE was my only "sister" until I was 13 when my real sister was born.
I have told the story before.
I had no neighbor children to play with way out in the country, so on the first day of Kindergarten, I was pressed with my back into a corner, tears sliding down, looking out at the chaos and scared of all the children and the noise. I just wanted to go home and play with my Mommy.
She, on the other hand, was missing her older brother and sisters, who were upstairs in the same school house. The teacher would not let her go up there and be with them. She came over to me, tears sliding down her cheeks, so cute in her two braids, put out her hand and said, "Will you play wif me?"
I grabbed her hand and we hung onto each other for the next 68 years. Double dating in high school, standing up in each others wedding, living only 4 miles apart, we raised our children together and went on many family vacations together.
Hers is the only funeral I have ever cried at...and I didn't just cry, on the way out of the church, when I passed her casket, I broke down and had to be helped out of that area. I felt awful being like that in front of her children, but I found out later, just how well she knew me.
Three days before she died she told her kids, "You keep an eye on Aunt Judy. This is going to be hard on her." Yeah--it was and it still is.
John left early Tuesday morning for the 8 hour trip to our Upper Peninsula to visit his siblings. I have to admit, I am going to miss the Little Nipper and Maizey. They stop in every day now.
Can you believe? The DST change still has me flummoxed! I am not ready to wake up when the clock radio comes on and I am not ready to go to bed when the cuckoo clock chirps out eleven times.
I am starting to get the "let's take down the winter drapes and put up the spring sheers!" "let's get out there and clean up the gardens." "Let's paint the front porch." The Farmer's Almanac said we were going to have an early, warm spring. The TV weather man didn't get that notice.
It was nice and sunny a warm today and warmer tomorrow, but---low 20's at night by this weekend.
Mother Nature is a nasty old, cranky woman!!!!