Although we closed on, and officially owned, our house February 9, 2012, today marks the one year Anniversary of having all of our stuff moved in and living full-time at Breen Acres. Some might think it silly we would recognize and celebrate this, but we have moved more than 16 times in our 15 years together and have only ever lived a second year (or more) in 3 places. We hope to break our record (of 2.5 years at Chez Breen) and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, celebrate a decade or more of living here together.
In just a year, we have done a lot of painting, installed central air, replaced our furnace, had a side fence built, replaced a porch roof, removed and rebuilt a landing in our garage, planted several trees and plants and only had one major issue to date: a leak in our dining room ceiling that requires some minor repair work on the roof. Sadly, as we were headed out to our new favorite local restaurant (Potter’s Tavern) to celebrate with dinner and drinks tonight, our garage door stopped working, reminding us that owning and upkeeping a home is an ongoing adventure.
We have had a handful of parties and cookouts, celebrated several birthdays and holidays, adopted two dogs, and had several visitors and guest, including several bloggers. And we’ve built and enjoyed about eleventyhundred fires.
Not a bad first year, if I do say so myself. Here’s to another year of laughter, love, friendship, celebrations, safety, warmth and as few repairs as the fates of home ownership will allow us.