A New Lease on Life

Who’da known that signing on the dotted line would’ve give me a new lease on life.

gray rental houseYou see, I signed a lease today to stay in this little rental house I’ve been in for 6 months. The last few weeks have been very unsettling. The house went under contract to be sold. I was facing moving again. But it turns out the new owners want me to stay. They won’t tear it down and start building their dream home for at least a year.

windows on back of houseI love this house. It’s nothing fancy but the whole back of it is windows. It overlooks an untamed wall of trees, full of birds, rabbits, crickets, and pure quiet.

This house is exactly what I needed after I moved out of my home of 25 years. It’s small, cozy, surrounded by lots of friends. My car repairman, familiar grocery store, and church are all within waking distance. I feel very protected here. My time in this house has allowed me to heal.

Signing that lease has spurred me to celebrate by treating myself to something really wild today – like a can of paint, some wild color – to paint over the drab beige in my bedroom.

Or maybe I can get a piece of carpet that’s really cool, really bright and cheery. And cheap. I could then fashion my entire room around what’s on the floor.

Maybe I’ll clean out this old BBQ pit. I could scour the demo yard and get some old brick to make a little sitting area around it.

I could build a fun, artistic garden area out back. You know, the kind I never built because I was afraid it would be viewed as too quirky to potential buyers coming through.

I can turn the basement wall into a concept wall where I could tack up poster boards, organizing each of my Paris days. Imagine the freedom to put holes in the wall. O’ lawdy.

Yeah, knowing this house will be torn down in one year is giving me the freedom to be totally me. Totally free to do the things I’ve wanted to do with the space around me. Sad I never did it in my old house. Especially since a little can of putty and paint could have patched ‘em up before selling it.

Wonder why we’re so inhibited to do things – little, simple things that change us. No telling what would happen if I let go of the big obstacles in my life.

So, with this new lease on life, what color should I paint my bedroom? Pumpkin, aquamarine? Or maybe coral . . .

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  • Tricia
    Posted at 17:53h, 05 May

    I think you are a coral or aquamarine girl- why not stripes???? Love following you and your adventures!

  • lisaweldon
    Posted at 20:25h, 05 May

    well, this comment comes from my friend, Tricia, who has the best taste in the world. Stripes might be in order! I’m dying to see your new place.

  • Michaela
    Posted at 23:09h, 05 May

    I would paint it in a very light aqua. Its a very soothing color and it reminds me of water and sky. And Water and Sky means FREEDOM

    • lisaweldon
      Posted at 23:29h, 05 May

      Oh, and aqua is my very favorite color. I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, near the water…I miss living near an ocean.

  • Deb DeWitt
    Posted at 13:25h, 06 May

    Lisa, you are an inspired woman and I love reading your posts.

    Maybe you should do a mural…

  • Michelle Short
    Posted at 13:43h, 06 May

    I have a friend whose beautiful home is all pale turquoise and the color of sand. It is like an oasis from stress. But what I really want to know is –what are they doing with those windows when they tear the house down? 😉

    • lisa
      Posted at 16:39h, 06 May

      Deb – or graffiti!! as much as I love graffiti, maybe a big wall of it would make getting up in the morning a bit easier. You know, like shock treatment!

  • lisa
    Posted at 16:40h, 06 May

    Michelle – good question. Interested? If so, I’ll ask them. There are lots of them.

  • Michelle Short
    Posted at 17:10h, 06 May

    I like the stripe idea too! Painting the wall your color choice and then doing the stripes in clear protective coating gives a subtle effect and plays with the light. SO much easier than trying to use two different paint colors! Windows…yes, very interested if you don’t mind asking. 🙂

  • Michele Stapleton
    Posted at 19:39h, 07 May

    I vote for graffiti.

    P.S. Mailing you a Paris map for one wall. And a late Cinco de Mayo treat.

  • lisaweldon
    Posted at 21:16h, 07 May

    Michele, I would NOT mail a big bottle of tequila. I would certainly hate for it to get broken…and wasted.

  • Georganne
    Posted at 14:55h, 25 May

    Hey Lisa,
    I love this post and want to come and see this house. Count me in for two windows, too! LOL! I am dying to build a little garden shed in the corner of the yard.
    This looks like a good place to heal and I am so glad that it has worked out for you to stay here!