I'm going to whine more about stuff.
I like my house in the neighborhood. I like that I have room in this house to leave all my paints and
works in progress on a table. I like that the kitchen is spacious and airy, that we have an extra room that makes it easy and convenient when we have guests (especially when our 28 year old son comes home for the weekend). I like that RR can watch baseball in the living room and I can retire to our bedroom at the back of the house to read and/or nap. I like that the dining room table does dual duty as my writing space and yet it can open way out for family events that require space. We have a small wall closet in our bedroom but, in the upstairs loft area (that provides RR with office space), there is a catch all closet where off season clothes can be stored. I like it. There are two bathrooms in the house. Do I need to say how convenient that is?
I like the generous half acre parcel in town that allows us room for fruit trees, vegetable garden, flowers, and a fenced dog run.
So where's the whine? That would be maintenance. All these "things" need to be tended to. I could just ignore the those dirty (but beautiful) south facing windows. I could allow the crumbs and dog hair to simply sit in the corners and sulk. I could let the kitchen counters and bathroom sinks gather gunk at the faucets. I could let the leaves on the house plants sink with accumulated detritus and just say I enjoy the dusty leaf look. Ditto the blinds on the bedroom windows. Don't you think dust just adds some texture and interest to the otherwise boring cream colored blinds? That yard is lovely but, unless you prefer the natural look, you need to spend hours on the raking and sweeping. Regular maintenance (dishes, laundry and occasional sweep of the floor) I can handle. It's the serious vacuuming, dusting, clean the bathroom, wash the windows, blah blah blah, that I resent. And get mad at myself for not doing. If I didn't have the house and the stuff, I wouldn't have this discussion with myself. If I lived in a small, even condo sort of place, I wouldn't have to maintain it all. Or, I could just stop maintaining the house to "decent" standards and do what I want with my time. My choice.
What do you do?