As you can see, I just haven't been able to pull it off lately.
I was thankful for this sweet encouragement that came in from a reader in Montana:
I realized this morning that I have not read a post from the two of you for a month! A whole month without your great words and stories.
Last post was about moving into the house...
Hope that all with you both is well and good.
Ugh, what amazing readers we have here. The kindness is so much that I can hardly believe it sometimes.
Since I last wrote, we completed our move, went on an unexpected trip to the Ecuador's coast again. And then went on an unexpected trip to NYC for 10 days. It has all been amazing beyond words. But goodness, the pace of it all has even been shocking to me.
We are now back in Cuenca and resuming our efforts to get settled into this house and into this new life of ours.
So far, living in a house is freaking awesome. I had no idea. As an urban dweller, I used to swear off houses and feel they were so wasteful and thought all anyone needed was about 900 square feet. :) I'd like to think I still believe that, but I have to say, having space and storage coming out of our ears has been completely and utterly a joy.
I thought I'd welcome you to our space here and share with you where we are now living.
Welcome to our Ecuador House....
It took us awhile to find this place. We wanted light, South American charm, real wood floors, ceilings that didn't feel super low, a workable kitchen, and a space for gardening - all things that we were finding to be quite rare in Cuenca, actually! But somehow we got all those things and more. We couldn't be more delighted that we found this place after a lot of diligent looking.
Above is the living room and here is the large entry. I have lots of plans for houseplants. :) There is a park across the street and it is just FULL of children and families playing and laughing all day long. I just love hearing them while we sit in this front room.
I love the staircase that wraps around and the HUGE skylight above it. Sunlight just floods in and I sometimes want to just stand in it.
When we first moved in, if I went down to the kitchen from our bedroom, it took so long that it reminded me of walking down to our corner bodega in Brooklyn. :)
There is a fireplace which makes us feel so darn spoiled. The evenings generally cool off a bit here in the Andes, so it always feels like the perfect weather to light a fire.
Upstairs there is this open space that we are going to use as our own yoga loft! I shake my head on this one because, what on earth? Our own yoga loft? :)
Here is the dining room - where we will soon have our first ever dining room table. What a luxury that feels like to me. Oh, to sit. A surface. A gathering. A set table. This will be so fun and new and exciting! And now you can tell I'm a New Yorker. :)
The dining room connects to the kitchen, where we have been cooking up a storm while listening to podcasts (and on a good day, this is where we practice some dance moves.) Never in our lives have we had more space to chop vegetables!!! haha. I do fantasize about gutting the kitchen completely, however. I would do it in two seconds if we owned the place. But we're just renting here and well, my practical brain has a hard time investing money in a property I don't own. But man, holding back is an adjustment for me. I've always owned my homes and have never rented as an adult, so this is a first for me. Hopefully a renovation project will be in my future again. For now, I'm trying to focus on all this cupboard space and my husband skidding across the floor in his socks from time to time . :)
There are several bedrooms in this house. Eeks - way more than we need. One of the rooms we'll use as an artist studio (we plan to take art classes). One room we're using as a mud room. One will be a guest room. Honestly, this feels kind of ridiculous. Though we do have some other ideas on how we can use the space, too. We hope to open up our home to anyone who would like to visit. More on that soon.
There are FIVE bathrooms. FIVE! Again, completely ridiculous. And how I want to gut renovate them all. I lay in bed at night and think of white bathrooms with claw foot tubs, modern sinks, and hand painted South American floor tiles. Though the reality is, it felt like an accomplishment just getting the bathrooms stocked with five hand towels, loads of toilet paper and bars of soap.
And now for a really lovely part of the house...
This is an outdoor dining area. For now we have some hammocks hanging up that we got in Otavalo. That is precisely where I find Danny each morning as he catches up on his reading. :)
And here is the backyard, which will soon be the home to a bunch of new heirloom seeds I brought back with me from New York. It still seems hard to imagine, but if we can become gardeners we just might have an entire collection of heirloom tomato varieties, rainbow carrots, several types of melon, zucchini, tomatillos, chili peppers, oh my!
So that is our new home. We're really happy and grateful to be here.
Please come visit. :)