Thursday, May 21, 2009

Probably, Maybe, Almost Certainly Big Changes

From For Ellipsis

"I ran up the door, closed the stairs, said my pajamas, put on my prayers, turned off the bed and hopped in the light, all because you kissed me goodnight."


It's time. Alan and I have been married nearly 19 years, and it is time for a change. It's time for a new bed, and maybe, a new apartment. But let's discuss the bed first. When we got married, we bought a really gorgeous frame and headboard in a cherry wood traditional style and finish. It was a gorgeous piece of furniture, and it came with a beautiful dresser and mirror with pretty scroll work along the top and sides. Beautiful. The set has served us well, but it's time for something new. Something different. But it will have to be something on a budget. Enter IKEA.

Yesterday, in an effort to get new ideas for decorating on a budget, Alan and I drove down to Emeryville, to our local IKEA and we came out with a lot of plans for the future, beginning with the bed frame you see above, it's called Leirvik. It's very pretty, and I am already getting ideas for how it will look with my existing knickknacks. Fun. As we shopped, we also checked out the chairs and sofas and futons, just in case we move to the cute little apartment/house we have had our eyes on for a while.

There is a lot to consider. The yard is not nearly as big as the one we have now. The cats wouldn't have as much area outside to play in, but there is a sizable, fenced in patio area and a big area we could put a nice garden in. Growing our own vegetables is important to both our budget and our health, so that has to be taken into consideration. The new place is slightly bigger then where we are now, which would be fabulous, and the bonus is that the rent is only a little more then we are paying now. If we give up a few bad habits, like Starbuck's, we could swing the cost... probably. Hopefully. Fingers crossed.

I am ready for a change. It's feels strange to say that, but it's true. I am a stubborn person, who when she finds something, usually digs her heels in and waits for roots to form, but I have been here 8 years, and I have done my best with my little cottage, and now it's time to move on methinks. Can you tell I am still mulling it over a bit? We'll see. In the meantime I have a new bed coming pretty soon, and then it will be time to talk dressers. Jeepers... all this shopping and planning is a little like playing the SIMS only without the repetitive music and diamond indicator above my head.


Although, it there was a diamond indicator above my head, it would be white!

I'm Happy.



MyMaracas said...

What a pretty bed! It's always fun to spruce things up, and a new place to play with is even better. Congrats on the furniture, and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you on the new house.

Jama said...

It's a pretty bedframe! I don't mind having that in my room. I think I better go and have a look see at the IKEA here, been a while I've been there.
I've been staying in this apartment for almost 30 years, I think my heel had dug a root till the earth's core!lol It's fully paid for , it was quiet cheap back then, it's valued almost 5 times now but I'm not going anywhere. I love sprucing it once in a while, getting a new furnitures/ fixtures..a major renovations was done almost 8 years ago.

Anonymous said...

It's so nice to see that you ve come back from the brink of disaster. The last time I checked in you were concerned that you couldn't afford cancer care for your cat or keep your home because of the job problems you were facing. It was heartbreaking to read your posts at that time.