Tuesday, November 3, 2009

House Envy


Ugh, having a bad case of house envy lately. Ever get in a funk where you seem to notice every single flaw with your own house? Meanwhile, everyone else seems to be remodeling or buying a new house (okay, maybe not at the moment) or redecorating? I know, it could be so much worse. I should be grateful I have a home and it's not being reclaimed by the bank. Sorry, just looking for people to join me for cocktails and "whine" at my pity party. :)

I have been feeling this way for a couple of weeks. Then, we went trick-or-treating and I caught glimpses of my neighbors' houses and it made me wish I could redecorate. Granted, I only saw entry halls, but they were quite beautiful. ;) Then, last night, I attended a Junior League meeting at the home of a long-time member. The hostess is the wife of a local politician who currently holds a fairly important position with state government. And, he has his eyes set on higher aspirations in Washington. So, anyhoo, I travel out to their newly-built house in a very wealthy enclave and I couldn't believe it. I've been in big homes, but this place was amazing. The details, the furniture, the beautiful couple and their new baby. Yeah, it made me want to throw up in my purse.

I don't want to be a bitter person; I want to enjoy my home. It's just hard right now. So much to do, yet so much debt to pay off! I have to keep telling myself that our time will come. There's a plan. Now, if God would only whisper it in my ear...
Image courtesy of Southern Living House Plans

11 comments:

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Oh, I hear ya sister...I was just starting to get out of my "I'm in a bad mood cause I'm in a heat wave" mood..and then..boom...along comes this....

That is MY DREAM HOUSE...probably NEVER see it..but...what are ya gonna do?

I just have to keep remembering what I heard once..."There will always be somebody better off...and always somebody worse off".

Does that help. I'm not quite sure if it does..... Love your blog....

Kary

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

....and David Sedaris too....

just started re-reading "Holidays On Ice"...I LOVE him!

p.s. I still can't stop feasting my eyes on that house...does some lucky soul actually live there?

Kary

teresa-bug said...

I'll join your party with you! My want list always outweighs my bank account. But then I get frustrated with myself for not being more grateful...such a vicious cycle!

EntertainingMom said...

I'm so with you. We moved a year ago. So grateful that we moved and love this house... the potential of it. Of course I would love to be able to redo all the bathrooms and kitchen and all the other rooms in a week. But it ain't possible. Instead of comparing myself with all the other "haves" (and there are many, many, many round here) I need to remember that I do have... and yes I want... but I do have and I am lucky... but a girl can want. It's human and normal!!!

Impoverished Preppy said...

Just found your blog - I grew up in Louisville, so it is always nice to find preppy KY girl blogs!

Just remember that no one is as perfect as they appear. I remember two years ago our Junior League Christmas party was held at the home of a sustainer whose husband was a bank president and who, herself, owned an adorable little home design business. Their home was GORGEOUS and huge and seemingly perfect... but my friend and I discovered that her cat had left some, um, presents, under a chair in her living room. Too funny!

Impoverished Preppy said...

Was just reading back through your posts and realized that my sister and I attended the same school as your daughter! Of course when we went it was split between Brescia and Angela Halls and not in that gorgeous building where your daughter gets to go, but it was still a wonderful school and we loved (almost) every minute of our time there!

Laura [What I Like] said...

I am right there with you...my crappy rental parquet floor tiles, the disintegrating caulking in the bathroom...how I yearn to be my own landlord so I would feel justified in spending money on my apartment!

CRICKET said...

We are in a transitional place after selling our house this Summer. Today I was looking at last years xmas picture in our old house and it looked much more beautiful then I remembered. This year we will be in an apartment...so it could be worse. Maybe its time to paint your entry or hallway.

sara said...

You know, I meant to leave you a comment on your recent posts to see if our kids go to the same daycare - St. Joe's, right? The reason I thought that might be the case was I saw signs for a memorial for a very precious little boy and I recalled the very sad story you shared a little while back about the little boy from your children's daycare who died (that story still haunts me), so......I assumed they were at the same one. My little girl is currently in the New World room, age 1-2. What a small world, indeed!

Tickled Pink Talk said...

So been there!! We did just move, but to a place that needed a ton of work! Hubby went to school in the South, and a lot of his friends are still there, and everytime we go see them I would have the worst house envy....Your time will come though! I feel like mine finally did (although granite would be nice and my bathroom is DISGUSTING!!)

Haven and Home said...

I feel the same way. I want a new house but I need to be content with what I have!