We almost didn't think it could happen, but this run-down house has turned into our cozy home.
The living room had been smoked in for 50 years and covered the walls and floors with its tar-stained haze. Hours of elbow grease later, we now have a bright, clean living space. The bay window looks out on the bird feeder, where today I counted 12 cardinal flitting amongst the song sparrows. The woodstove sits patiently, waiting to be fired up when fall begins. Nearby, books and keepsakes collect on the shelf where once there was dust.
Walls painted, floors resanded, it's a different place from when we first walked in. Old energies the house had been holding onto, are refreshed, renewed.
We're making our own memories in this new place.
Before & After: pt. 2