Monday, January 16, 2012

New Neighbors, New Curtains, New Friends

Well, after being vacant for almost three years, someone finally bought the house next to ours.  I must admit, I was rather enjoying the privacy and the peace and quiet that came from having an empty house next door.   We were actually making merry on New Year's Eve with our company when we noticed we were being watched......the new neighbors moved in that very night...the last night of the last year and well, with no curtains on their windows or electricity to watch their television with...we were the next best thing to quality entertainment that they could get.  I don't mean they were maybe watching us, they were full on standing-in-their-house-looking-in-ours watching us.

I am very happy the house next door now has an owner but at the same time I like to walk around in my pajamas and yesterday's hair-do.....and this house backs up very close to mine with full view of our entire living area.  I now had to ponder my curtain-less kitchen window that faces their huge living room picture's bad enough they've probably already seen me go out into the backyard in my bathrobe about a dozen times already, but I guess if you dare to venture outside in your night clothes that's a chance you have to take.....inside my house was a different story.

So, many of you know how frugal I am...after all, I made a curtain rod out of a tree branch for my livingroom curtains.  I already had a nice Waverly toile valance on the top of my kitchen window (Goodwill) but I needed some privacy on the bottom half of the window without blocking out all the my daughter and I ventured out to Goodwill where she found a few yards of a complimentary black toile fabric.  I cut a section of fabric and hung it by curtain clips onto a tension rod and below is the result.
I didn't hem it...not one single stitch was sewn, I just cut and hung and taadaa...that's it. My kind of and easy.  You can see how close the house next door is, we live in like a horseshoe...where our house is right on the bend and their's is on the side of us so the rear of their house backs up to the side of ours.

Also, after we lost Sadie I told my husband that it would be a very long time before I considered another dog and I would certainly never get a puppy.  I was so caught up in my own grief and trying to get through each day that I really wasn't aware of how losing Sadie was affecting someone else in my household.  People grieve differently and although I was doing a pretty good job coping with it, someone else was not.  As parents, we made a decision that we hoped would help the healing process.
This is Walter and he is the newest member of the Bittersweet family.  He is not my dog...I had mine and she will be forever in my heart, Walter belongs to another and he is fitting right in. 

Walter is a English Springer Spaniel mix and is almost 3 months old....and already has a new BFF....actually I think it's the cat who found a new BFF.  Simba mourned Sadie for quite a while...he would walk around the house whining looking for was very difficult to watch, and it took him a while to realize she was gone.  Simba and Walter are now besties and they love to play with each other.  The other two cats tolerate Walter but Simba finally has a playmate again.
I hope you are all having a very Blessed start to the New Year...we got some snow today and some got to see it for the first time ever.....
It's finally starting to feel like Winter here.  I hope you all have a great week!


Vee said...

You should have bought the house! ☺ If only, right?

I like your window solution and the fabric complement. You didn't sew a stitch? Well I would never know because it looks great.

Hope that you get to meet your new neighbors and I hope that they actually turn out to be great people.

Awww, love the story about Walter. I'm sure that he will find his way into your heart, too. There's so much room in the human heart for many loves.

Anonymous said...

I have the best neighbors next door .. an empty house! Its been empty for exactly a year, and I truly don't mind looking after the yard, picking up trash, etc., because I don't have to listen to their dog, hear them slam doors, or park in my spot!!! yeah!! totally relate!!

Walter is a doll! I know you miss Sadie, but before you know it, he'll have a huge part of your heart, too!

All the best for the new year.

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Debbie Kay said...

I love that toile valance.....quick & easy, just my style!



Lisa Eichenlaub said...

I loved your post and Ill be following. The reason I stopped is that I just lost my princess pumpkin kitty of twenty years last month. Pumpkin/pumkin, you see, and yes it is bittersweet. I am sorry for the loss of your furrybaby. It pains so bad.
I am also glad you opened your home to another. So cute.
I also love your picture of MRS, KRAVITZ. We have one too next door. I am your newest follower. Come see me on my two blogs if you find a moment.

Roxie Tenner said...

Oh my! I took a closer look at your photos and tried to convince myself that the curtains were not sewn! It looks quite polished for a no-sew curtain! You got a very artistic hand! Remind me to make one for my windows!

Roxie Tenner