August 06, 2006

The Past Is For Sale...

Weird! Really strange and different! We deposited the g-kids at Son's house, spent the night and left for home the next day. As we were leaving the old neighborhood (30 min upriver from New Orleans,) we drove by the house we'd lived in for 15 years and sold in 2001. We do this from time to time just to see what's the same and what's different. This time... a For Sale sign! Okay... we're not interested in buying, but it was a great house with many fond memories. We'd added the studio of my dreams over the garage and a lap pool and fish pond in the back yard. They were good years and my career developed to professional level during that time. But that was then and this is now.

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So several hours later and an hour away from home, we decide to visit property we still own on a smallish lake near a college town. We'd once owned a house there (pre NOLA, 1981-1986) and had purchased the lot next door but never built on it or really had any plans for it. We just didn't want anyone else building on it. Well, donchaknow the old house is up for sale also! Since it was empty, we parked in the carport and peeked in windows, walked down to the lake noting that the landscaping is still all my doing, but has grown rampantly, needing only some thinning out and TLC to return to it's earlier promise. It's obviously not seen a gardening implement since I left, and it's surprising that the woods haven't reclaimed the azaleas, etc that grew near the boathouse J built himself. From what we can tell from glimpses inside the house and the realtor pics on the web, very little has changed inside either. This is an A-frame with walkout basement which we'd finished when we first bought the fixer-upper twenty five years ago... my same wallpaper upstairs and down, same window treatments. It's been on the market since early spring and once again, it's a real fixer-upper...and a possible bargain. We plan to find a realtor and view it, thinking it would be cheaper to buy the old house than build on the empty lot next door. We don't plan to move, just thought to create a vacation home of sorts... we love being around water and after our recent lake reunion with the family, our thoughts have turned to such possibilities.

I can see us spending three or four days a week there, reclaiming my old studio space, renewing old friendships as there are a few still in the area, but mostly, enjoying the lake... maybe a rowboat, canoe or such. We'd had a little Sunflower sailboat at the time and how I enjoyed tacking lazily back and forth, up and down the mile long, narrow lake. Who knows... might get to do it again...

7 comments:

Annette said...

I remember how much Lake Mirabel in France reminded you of this lake and your old property. . . AND how homesick it seemed to make you. What a serendipitous trip to find the house needing an owner again. I hope it works and that all the grandchildren will get to enjoy it as much as their parents did.
AAB

KJ said...

Thank you for remembering that, Annette... I'd forgotten I'd made that connection until you mentioned it. Yes, I saw great similarities between the two lakes, but Mirabel's water was probably much cleaner, don't know that I'd swim in this one, but the boating would be great. KJ

Pat said...

What a touching opportunity, Karen! I have an old Sunfish and trailer which you could have for the coming and getting. I know the said is okay, but no one loves it anymore!

Keep us posted on this possibility!

MMComstock said...

This looks wonderful, Karen. But what makes the lake dirty? Not a concept I'm familiar with--rivers, yes; but lakes, natural lakes, just are what they are, it seems. Mebbe naive here. California lakes don't count, of course, being that they are all artificial.....

Hope you get the house back!

KJ said...

Ohhh, Pat! Maybe we could talk some kind of trade here! Will be in touch ;-)

Margot, we moved away 25 years ago and at that time there was concern because so many of the homes built around the lake were on septic rather than sewer systems. Regular testing showed there was a problem. Hopefully, that has been corrected by this time. We saw fish jumping, but the fishing was always good, as I recall. It's a spring fed lake so it doesn't get stagnant. Another plus was that there was NEVER a mosquito or fly problem.

R2K said...

: )

Julia said...

You've got MY vote!! Said the child with the most to gain. :-)