Most people, including myself, don’t need expensive, elaborate material things to be happy. Sure, those things are nice to have but they aren’t necessities…we can be content without them. I’ve always said that as far as money is concerned, I don’t need millions of dollars…I would just like to have enough money to finish paying off the house and get it into tip-top shape, buy new cars, and not to have to worry that 1 emergency could wipe us out financially. Now, if I ever win the Powerball, I’ll do those things, plus buy a house on a huge plot of land and rescue dogs, cats, and any other animal that needs to be loved. That would definitely make me ecstatic. But back to reality. I personally don’t care all that much about clothes or shoes. I don’t need an expensive car or a mansion. My biggest splurges have been on electronics…iPads, laptops, gaming systems, etc… I’m an early adopter. But I don’t NEED those things. I need my husband, my family, my friends, and our fur-children. I need a decent car that runs so I can get to work and to my other destinations. I also need our house because I absolutely adore it and the acre of land it’s on. It’s just outside the historical area of our city and our house was built in 1956. A lot of the properties have the main house and what they used to call a mother-in-law house. There are huge old trees everywhere and because we have channels behind and on 1 side of the property and a ton of foliage between us and our neighbors, it’s like living in the country but it’s in the middle of a thriving Dallas suburb. There are the usual squirrels, possums, and raccoons but there are also sitings of foxes and coyotes. Our yard is usually filled with cardinals, blue jays, mockingbirds, doves, crows, and the occasional hawk. Our former neighbors had chickens, goats, horses, peacocks, and other assorted barnyard critters, oh, and a barn. The properties are still partially zoned for agricultural use. We have a magnolia tree, crepe myrtles, Jessamine, honeysuckle, wisteria, and lavender all over our yard. We also grow a lot of tomatoes, peppers, okra, squash, and various other vegetables. We also have herbs and other savory treats…rosemary, lemongrass, sage, basil, thyme, mint, chives, garlic, and, of course, catnip for the cats. We have blackberry bushes and a fig tree. And we have a 40,000-gallon pool…it’s huge and it was a major score for Rick because he loves to swim. We had a lot of great parties that were centered around it. We have a glider and firepit beside it. I like to sit out there or be in the pool at night during the summer when the bats are in our area. I love to watch them swooping around catching mosquitos and other flying insects. They get so close to you that you can feel the swoosh of their wings as they fly by. It’s amazing. We also have a lot of butterflies, dragonflies, and honeybees that spend time in our yard, so sitting out there is a pretty magical experience. And my writing room which, as I’ve said before, is tiny and crowded but it has 2 large windows with wonderful views of the side and back yards. Plus, it’s extremely private. I can get completely lost in there. It is my Magical Writing Haven. And our home…it’s pretty magical as well. So, that’s my home sweet home. Stop on by sometime.
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