Today's reading in Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin, was about "neighborhood." Rediscovering the place where you live: noticing the people, the places, the smells, the needs, etc. Asking the question, "what about my neighborhood makes it seem like home? And how do I connect with it?"
Kind of a fun read after having lunch with my dad today - near the neighborhood I hope to live in eventually!
My hubby and I have talked a lot about "neighborhood" over the years - and we both have the desire to live in a city neighborhood. Small houses with lots of character. Cozy spaces that exude warmth and love. Porches and front steps where people actually sit and talk. Sidewalks lined with old trees -perfect for evening strolls. Yards meant for a BBQ. Coffee shops nearby to meet-up with friends. Bus lines available for easy transportation into the city. Bike trails around lakes. Amphitheatres with nightly music and plays - all within walking distance. That's our dream.
But, right now, we live in a townhouse in the suburbs. It's nice - don't get me wrong. We have gorgeous walking trails, perfect swimming pools, easy distance to any number of stores, restaurants, and groceries. But. No sense of community. No BBQs on our street. No hanging out with the neighbors and enjoying the evening breeze...
Someday. We'll get there. For now, we'll continue to go for walks, swim at the pool, and greet everyone we see with a smile and a hope. We'll enjoy our trips into the city - discovering new bars, coffee shops, restaurants, music venues, parks, etc - and daydream about the day we become a part of that community!
Things I am thankful for today:
1. Sleeping in a little.
2. Lunch with Dad!
3. Wise Acre Eatery. Yum.
4. Max Lucado's "Cure for the Common Life."
5. Hubby's day off for President's Day!
6. Catching up on reading.
7. A fabulous herbal tea (that smells like root beer!): Evening in Missoula.
8. Another good workout - and they're getting easier... and more enjoyable!
9. Staying warm and cozy inside while the wind picks up outside!
QotD: What's the most expensive thing you're wearing right now?
My engagement ring. Clothes-wise? My Smartwool sweater. Love it!