saltillo-house-001This is our house. Okay, not really. But it’s a house my husband saltillo-house-006found and wanted me to look at it and think about, which is a big deal for us because we don’t have an “our” house.  The house we live in now is the one my ex- husband and I bought when we first moved to Alabama almost 15 years ago. He and I got divorced shortly after, so for most of those 15 years my two daughters and I have lived there in single-parent female-centric bliss. Now my husband and I have been married for 4 1/2 years, the girls are pretty much out on their own (one married with her own home and the other a college senior) and it’s time for our own place. I mean, he’s a great sport and hasn’t minded that the house is full of girly stuff and remnants of my ex-husband and doesn’t really reflect his style at all. So when he said, “Hey, I found a house I like. Let me show you,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I love this house! I love all the little nooks and crannies. I love that it looks different and comfortable all at the same time.  Of course, I’d change several a few of the details, and we haven’t gone inside or even seen a house plan, so who knows? And we’re not talking about this specific house, either. It’s off the Natchez Trace Parkway near Saltillo, Mississippi, in a new development. It’s a pretty spot but not the place for us. But from what I can tell from the outside of it, if I could take this house (with the several few changes) and plop it down somewhere close to family and friends and art galleries and theaters and good grocery stores, coffee shops and bookstores, I’d be happy. Of course, I’m happy right now in our house that still has decorating leftovers from high-school prom 2004 and the spot where our beloved Lab chewed the windowsill, but I can see where my husband might be ready to move on. And I think I’m (getting) ready, too.

12 thoughts on “Houses

  1. Awww!! Good luck with the house hunting thing (and/or waiting for THE house to jump out at you). That’s an exciting venture!

  2. Wow, mom! I’m a fan! Can I come live with you guys in your new “our” house? Please?

  3. I refuse to say how neat and cool that house looks and give you any encouragement! Cause I’m thinking that may lead you away from here!! So I’ll just say I love the house you are in!! Even though I do understand John’s desire to have a new place.

  4. I love house hunting even when we don’t really need to be.

    This place has big plus as far as I’m concerned. The garage doesn’t face the street. I hate pulling up to a house that is dominated by garage doors.

    Happy House Hunting.

  5. Sounds like no one wants you to move! I love the house…we just moved 900 miles from two of our children and their families to be closer to our two younger children.My youngest daughter (in her twenties) is hanging out at home while getting “free” room and board while attending college. It’s fun to start all over but scary too. We were at our last home for 23 years!Your blog is great!Empty nesting is an adventure…thanks for dropping by!

  6. Thanks for the kind words, y’all. And, dear daughter Carolyn, I’m glad you approve! But this is a long-term project so I don’t think we’ll be doing anything anytime soon. It’s fun to house-hunt, though, without actually having to pack up or spend money!

  7. Beautiful!! Great time to buy a house. It sounds like a good idea, getting a house that doesn’t have a history separate form your husband. Keep us posted!

  8. The people who actually own this house may be concerned if and when they see this … but I was struck by the style of this house, especially some of the detailing (the copper-look over the garage window, the small windows used to open up the second floor and the front room, the trellis effect on the right side front and the overall color scheme.) On the minus side, the windows above the garage at left appear tacked on as an afterthought.

    On our Nashville adventure this week (of which, I am sure my wife will write more about later), I pointed out the kind of wooded lot that’s more my sense of where I’d want a house, if I was building one.

  9. Oh my gosh, sweetie husband — that would be weird if the people who actually live in this house see this! I hadn’t thought of that, although we did try to be subtle when we were there.

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