2014 was exhausting. I finished up my second year of grad school and on my summer break from classes, we began doing a ton of work on a lovely farmhouse we purchased. This was the first year in a long time I wasn’t able to escape on a proper vacation, but I was lucky enough to spend a few days in beautiful Savannah for work.
I’m so excited for 2015 because I’ll finally be done with grad school! Which means I’ll actually have enough free time to do what I want to do whether that’s working on my house, reading a novel, traveling overseas, or finding new antique shops to peruse. It’ll also be nice not to feel as stressed out anymore!
These are a few of my wishes for 2015:
Graduate with my master’s degree
Finish the living and dining rooms
Redo the front porch
Take my grandparents on some fun weekend outings
Begin bathroom and laundry room renovations (at least have a plan of attack)
This year of grad school was more crazy and time-consuming than I originally anticipated, so I wasn’t able to check off all the places on this year’s travel wishlist. Thanks to a work conference though, I was recently able to visit a city I have been wanting to see for several years… Savannah, Georgia! It really is lovely, and as a bonus, I also toured Bluffton, South Carolina which is just as beautiful and full of fascinating history.
We were only there for three full days, and that included conference sessions I had to attend. I was really hoping to visit Bonaventure Cemetery and Tybee Island, but I didn’t get the chance. I’ll definitely be returning later for a proper vacation!
Autumn is a time to slow down and notice the beauty of everything around you. A time of reflection, curling up with a book and blanket. Sipping hot cocoa on the porch as the leaves fall.
I look forward to experiencing an autumn like this. Unfortunately, this is not the one. I’m nearing my final year of graduate school, and relaxing is something I desperately miss! Instead of traveling and stopping at cafes and antique stores, or getting work done on the house, I’m reading stacks of assignments and writing paper after paper for my classes (which has to be squeezed into nights and weekends. Oh how I miss lazy weekends!). This semester has hit particularly hard. My countdown to graduation has begun though, and I only have a 170 more days to stick it out :)
I do try to enjoy the season when I can though! Last week was fairly warm so I brought a picnic blanket out to the yard and read my assignments under one of our big maple trees. After a few minutes of getting distracted by the sights around me, I realized I needed to go back inside to fetch my camera!
We even had a very special visitor that day … a bald eagle!
I’ll leave you with my favorite photo of all. Snapped on my cellphone after hurrying out of the house one morning, this view definitely caused me to slow down and realize how beautiful it is out here.
We’ve had a busy summer so far! After closing on our house, we’ve been working on renovations almost every day for the past five weeks! We’re making great progress, and we love going out there every day. It’s just such a peaceful place. Although our days are long, I haven’t felt this happy, relaxed, and at home in a really long time.
I’ve always considered myself a city girl (coming from Chicago and all), but there is one time of my life I don’t think about often enough. When I was a child, I used to spend weekends on my grandparents’ farm. Now, this particular set of grandparents weren’t very nice to little me. I was adopted into the family and they treated me differently from the other grandchildren because of this. Perhaps this is why I don’t dwell much on my time spent with them. But visiting our farmhouse every day and seeing the long forgotten sights has jogged my memory a bit. Without cable and video games, I instead spent hours in clover fields, went for long walks on deserted gravel roads, pet the cows and horses (and got zapped by the occasional electric fence), caught frogs at the pond, and explored the hidden treasures in the barns.
Although it’s not as large, I’m happy to have my own little slice of this kind of life. No evil grandmothers included!