Thursday, September 24, 2009

Easy As Pie

If we had grown the wheat ourselves, rendered lard, planted an apple tree and built our own oven... then made the pie... it was about that easy to make the Blue House our very Own Bird House.

And last night, easy as can be, we did make a pie and we ate it in our very own Bird House. It was apple. Max peeled and cored the apples. He thought it would be another month before the house sale was complete. Was he ever surprised when we arrived at our picnic destination.

We got our keys yesterday. I put three pumpkins on the bench by the front door. The first essentials basket is unpacked... the cow cookie cutter is a virgin, a gift from Holly's last visit to Wisconsin and a reminder of family, love and traditions. Those pretty coasters were a gift from a thoughtful and brilliant woman I know and they remind me that friendships make life much, much better. The batteries turned out to be the wrong size for the flashlight... made me laugh. The Frekvens is the Ikea gimmick I have stowed away for two years and now it will finally have a job: turning one room into two, for brothers who will share living quarters. Cranberry candles and pumpkin spice candles, so we can chase away the empty house smell. A gardening handbook... worm themed, so I can start doing more than just dreaming. And our bird chart, because I will be spending a lot of time just lazing about and identifying bird species... you know, in my free time!

It is a big blue house with a big green yard. Betty-Chica will need track shoes to get around this place. Do you remember my blue, baby figgy? Well, the momma figgy lives here. I shouldn't explain. I take the fifth.

Language is inadequate. I cannot adequately describe my struck-to-the-core giddiness. Another brilliant friend commented on a recent post: "I've never known you without the wistfulness of yearning for a birdhouse of your own again. Who will you be now that you've become all SETTLED?" The answer is I do not know, but I feel a light has been turned on, and I feel relieved, eager and energized. I am delighted to have this new chapter open up before us and I am happy to delve in.

Language is inadequate, but here are some words that spring forth...


Someday I would like to put them in order, elaborate. But for now, I really must get busy putting other things in order!


  1. what a lovely place! I can see why you guys were so excited about moving in!

    congratulations and may it truly prove to be your house of dreams! :o)

  2. the thought of you being "home"
    literally brings tears to my eyes.
    so, so happy for you.

  3. Timo the Cat and I are in awe of this beautiful house that you may call your HOME!

  4. Oh, Natalie! Seeing it as a whole is beyond words, indeed. There's so much to love about it and I know you'll pour even more love into it. The garden is fantastic -- I love that it already has great stuff growing in it and a meandering path. And the porch! You have a porch!

  5. It's beautiful! I am so happy for you! It brings tears to my eyes, too... happy tears! I know you will love your new home.

  6. Congratulations on finally realizing one of your most desired dreams. Here's to the start of making happy memories in your new home. :-)

  7. What a lovely looking house. A nest. I love nests. Many congratulations on the end to a long wait.

  8. Oh wow! Natalie — it's a mansion!
    I feel as though we have all lived through this want-my-own-birdhouse period with you guys, from wishing all the way through to getting the very keys, and I feel so very happy for you.
    I can't wait to read more and more about the goings-on here.
    As a former fellow San Diegan, and a friend, I'd love to know where you are now - will you email me your address?
    And as for the bit about the coasters — shucks, Natalie, you old flatterer you!
    Housewarming hugs and kisses coming from the other side of the world. Mwah!

  9. And now that I see the backyard — you're going to need a ride-on mower, or a flock of sheep ...

  10. I hope you will be very happy in your new blue nest. It all looks amazing, but I can hardly wait to see what you do with it to make it 'yours'.

    Love and ((((HUGS)))),

    Betty will need a GPS so you can find her!

  11. WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Holy cow Natalie. The Blue House looks like it was worth the weight and everything you've been through in the last few years. Congratulations through tears of happiness from here!

  13. WOOHOO!!!!

    P.S. I have a never-out-of-the package Frekvens stashed away, too. Someday it will come in handy, I'm sure!

    XOXOXO Holly

  14. It happened, it finally happened! I am so thrilled for all of you. Many, many hugs to each and everyone of you!!!!!!!


  15. Congratulations and wow it looks so homely. You won't be long licking it into shape and calling it home.

  16. we never know why, especially when it is still unfolding, but our most difficult paths often reveal the most precious treasure. I am very happy for you, and your lovely new blue nest. Congratulations!

  17. Your Blue-Bird House looks a dream Natalie... and so very glad your home dream has come true! Eating apple pie in your new home...precious moment. :o) Hope there will be many, many pies and many, many happy years for you all in this sweet new home. :o) ((HUGS))

  18. Congratulations--what a beautiful home! I'm so happy for you and your family and can't wait to see what unfolds.

  19. Natalie - I'm filled with joy, happiness and just YAY! Yay for your new home for your beautiful family! Can't wait to see what the future holds for all of you in your new home.

    Sending you all our Moment love! We are already looking forward to visiting you at your new place! :)

  20. Excellent! Congrats! It looks great!

  21. A beautiful blue house indeed!!:o) Enjoy each moment in your new home!!:o)



  22. what a beautiful home and garden! i hope you all love it!

  23. HOLY JEEBUS!!! I step away for a few short months, and you guys go and make dream reality into REAL REALITY!!! So inspiring and fun and wonderful. And the Bird House is so beautiful looking, to boot. Congrats to all of you chickens, Natalie! We celebrate!

  24. Congratulations and best wishes to you and yours on moving into the Bird House! It's lovely!

  25. Congratulations! Good things do come in time to good people!
    Let the creativity flow!
    maria little

  26. Oh Natalie!!!!!!

    Oh Chicas en masse! I am so So SO thrilled for you all.

    Congratulations seems barely adequate as a word to contain all my excitement and pleasure for you all, but I express it nonetheless.

    Well done hon.

    PLEASE send me your new snail (birdhouse) mail address by email. Pretty please?

    Ooh - my WV is very appropriate - mantion - what a lovely mansion you deservedly have.

  27. i want it soooooo bad .. but i can't afford it because my yard sooo small ... sniff :( :(

  28. Wow, what a house! You really deserve this, and I'm trying not to be jealous ;-)


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