February 6, 2012

The Feeling of Living in Your Own House is Totally Different


We have now began a new stage of our lives in Canada. The move took place quickly and smoothly. I am left with only a couple of scratches inflicted by the claws of our Denis. For whom I, of course, felt very sorry. Judging by the fact that the animal spent a whole day under the bed without food, water, or visits to the toilet, he had suffered an existential crisis.


 He wouldn’t even speak to us for a while. We should have been prepared with the phone number of a reputable cat psychiatrist. Although I’m afraid that the psychiatrist would have just prescribed him antidepressants and left it at that.

Right now, Denis is already at the stage when he runs around the house, poking his nose into everything, and enjoying rolling around the carpet in the rays of sunshine.

The house we bought isn’t new; it’s already about sixty years old. However, this is exactly the sort of house we were looking for – one with character and its own oddities. We are planning to repair it gradually. I would really like to maintain its originality.

 In particular, I would like to keep this chandelier, which must have been present in the house since the beginning. Although its metallic parts have darkened with time, I’m not planning to exchange it for something shinier.


The feeling of living in your own house is totally different. First of all, there are much less people around you at all times. And that is strange. In the apartment, you always feel the presence of somebody near you. Somebody who might be smoking on the balcony, or listening to music.

Second of all – stairs are an excellent type of fitness equipment.


And the third thing that makes it so different is the feeling that these walls are yours.


We are really lucky to live a couple of meters away from my artist friend. It happened unexpectedly; we didn’t even know that she lives on the same street as our new house. In Russia, there is an old joke about visiting your neighbour to borrow some salt. I bought a pack of salt, and wrote on it - “For Iren”

28 comments:

  1. Such beautiful photos. I love the shadows cast by your gorgeous chandelier. That's right. YOUR gorgeous chandelier. Doesn't that just bring a smile to your face?

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  2. Congratulations on your new home, Olga, and welcome back. We have missed you! I am glad Monsieur Cat is adjusting to his new life as well. Enjoy the extra space and privacy! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  3. Aww, poor Denis (you´ll have to spoil him a little..!) but I´m so glad for your new place! :-)

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  4. Congratulations on your successful move even if Denis suffered a bit. He'll soon forget and settle in.

    The light is so pretty and throws a lovely shadow.

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  5. Congratulations for your own home olga! have a happy life in it!!!Kisses.

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  6. Olga dear, congratulations on moving into your new home, yes, it is a great feeling to look at the walls and know that they are yours. I wish you and your family much happiness in your new home and I love the chandelier.
    A little extra love will be good for Denis, he will soon be completely relaxed in his new surroundings.
    xoxoxo ♡

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  7. Ольга, мои поздравления!
    А садик у вас свой есть, да?

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  8. It sounds like you will be happy for a long time!
    ray

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  9. Oh I love being able to change and paint your home because it is your own. We have had such fun with our home but ours is over 600 years old; we we beat you by a bit there! Poor Denis, he will soon relax and love his new home. Take care, Diane

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  10. Congratulations on the smooth moving into the new home, Olga! To keep the original feel would be good idea. I wonder how the room would be decorated with your taste. Isn’t it exciting to wonder what memories would be accumulated at the next life stage? I’m so excited as if my own thing. Relax and have a nice cup of tea/coffee.

    Yoko

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  11. I know what Denis is going through. Jean Luc(our cat) has gone through this 6 times. Luckily for him- he's in his retirement home now. I'm happy for your move. We too have stairs and our own walls. I hope y'all enjoy it as much as we do. =)

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  12. Happy to hear that your move went quite well. Love the pics of the house and yeah being close to your artist friend. :) LOVE that first picture alot. Hugs

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  13. Congratulations on your move, always such a tiring and stressful time even for our pets. Great pictures and great for you to be so near a friend.

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  14. Оля, поздравляю!!! Дениску почешите за ушком от меня. Я всегда думала, что это кошка:)) Вам счастливо и весело обживаться на новом месте!!!

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  15. Congratulations for your move... I wish you marvelous days in this new home !
    Enjoy your days...

    Pierre

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  16. Hello Olga:
    You are home! It has been along time in the coming, but now you have arrived. We wish you all joy and happiness in the years ahead!

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  17. Оля, с новосельем! Конечно, свой дом - это совсем другая история.
    Счастья вам и новых творческих успехов на новом месте!

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  18. You must be so happy! I'm glad for you. Good luck on your house.

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  19. Hello Olga,
    very beautiful series!
    A hug

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  20. Again, Olga, I am amazed at how we have gone through the same thing at the same time. Both into homes which are "ours" though mine is a flat, not a house. And for the first time, I had no cats that I had to help get through this traumatic time. I am sure Deniska will settle in soon. As long as he can smell familiar smells on the furniture etc, and know where his food bowl is, it won't take him long with all the love he gets from his family :)

    I wish you and your family all the happiness you can imagine, in this new chapter of your Canadian life together. X

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  21. Oh congratulations, there is nothing at all like home!

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  22. Olga does not change that lamp is gorgeous. Purchase a product to clean the metal. there are many ... remain as new.
    A very nice house.
    Have a nice weekend.
    a kiss

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  23. So happy for you Olga. I felt so lucky to find and then be able to secure my dream home 3 years ago. It is a small place but suits me and my other half down to the ground. I hope you are as happy in your new place 3 years on as we are. x

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  24. What a lovely chandelier! I love your house, Olga, from the pictures, and it looks as if it is in good condition too. I like older places, so long as they have been kept up and repaired.

    I hope you will be very happy in your new home!

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  25. Olga,
    I am amazed with the beauty of the shadows which the chandelier is casting!! Of course, the chandelier itself has a classic gorgeousness, so beautiful! But the craftsman prepared this surprise when they switched on a light.
    How happy you are to meet the house which exactly you wanted to live in!!
    Can I call it serendipity?
    keiko

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  26. Your chandelier is just beautiful! My wife would love to have that in our living room ceiling. Indeed, having your own house gives you a great sense of fulfillment and happiness.

    -Randy Robinson

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  27. No place like home. Especially when you have a home like this.

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