Saturday, we took Maggie with us and went to our lot. They’re doing rough plumbing, so they have pipes laid and sticking up in key places, and board outlining the house around piles of dirt. This was a bit of a reality check for us. We knew intellectually that we are downsizing our outdoor space significantly.
But knowing it is one thing, seeing it is a stark reality check. I remember the same mental adjustment when we moved into our current home which has about half the backyard of our first home. In the new house, adding the sunroom and patio cover really reduced the already small yard we would have had, but they are a better use of space for us. Like I said, we chose this lot knowing all this. And the good news is that there won’t be any homes build behind us, and the house on either side of us are terraced which gives us more privacy.
Maggie was interesting when we were walking around the lot with Wizard. She’s used to walking all over with me, but she was anxious when we went specifically to out lot. At the time, I assumed it was because she didn’t know how to navigate the open trenches and around the piles and piles of dirt. I led her safely from the front to the back and returned to the front again, and she was better but not totally relaxed. Then on a walk yesterday, we went up to the house from the back side and crossed onto the lot. She effortlessly followed the same path I’d showed her to the front with full confidence. So either she was just unsure the day before, or she was misreading Wizard’s intense concentration as anxiety while he was walking through determining each room and layout. I suspect it was a little of both. It’s be so cool if they could just tell us their worries so we could help them But it’s my job to figure it out.
Otherwise, the weekend was just a weekend. The highlights were a long walk with Maggie and stopping by youngest and his wife’s house to visit for a short time. I got to play with my grand dog Phoebe as a bonus. You guys had to see her work out what to do with her beloved ball when I offered her a carrot (she loves carrots). She finally chose to put the ball down, but her golden retriever brain had to ponder the impossible choice for a few seconds, LOL. She’s such a character and I adore her.
So that’s my weekend, how was yours?