I found my Dad's sunglasses - A story about my House

I was digging in a old flower bed that used to have a thick hedge that we recently cut down when I unearthed a pair of sunglasses. I live in the house my folks lived in so no doubt these are my dads. He was always losing his sunglasses. I can imagine him saying, 

“So that’s where they were- I’ve been looking all over for them!”

 And my Mom saying, 

"Your father!"

It is special living in the house my parents lived in. This was their last home - they lived here about 15 years. I bought my sister's half after my mom passed in 2008. I've always been sentimental. I could have bought something new and different. There isn't anything unique about this house, only that my parents lived here and it felt like home to me. It wasn't the home I grew up in - but any place my parents were, was like "home." 

Sure we made changes - and put our stamp on it but somethings won't ever change. 

The waterfall and pond my dad built in the back yard. He was so proud of his pond and waterfall. We've maintained it and last year had to replace the pond liner. In 12 years, we've replaced the waterfall pump just one time. We added water hyacinths  and water lilies, oh and the fish. 

The twin cedar trees he planted in the front of our house. Inosculation is a natural phenomenon in which trunks, branches or roots of two trees grow together. It is biologically similar to grafting and such trees are referred to in forestry as gemels, from the Latin word meaning "a pair." 

The Twin Cedars are smack dab in the middle of our front yard. My husband and I call our home, "The Twin Cedars Homestead." 

My dad's work shed is still here. Yeah it needs to be painted. The whole house exterior needs to be painted once again. We last painted the house in 2009. 

The black iron American eagle that is displayed over the garage gable.  The eagle needs to be taken down and touched up. 

My Dad loved Oleanders and he planted them all over the property. For one, they grow big and profuse like weeds here in our Mediterranean climate. These oleanders are close to 20 feet tall. 

So yeah, we could have bought a nicer, newer home, where we didn't have to do anything. But it would have lacked soul. 

I love my house - it's still a work in progress but we've loved it here, since 2008! 


  1. I am happy you found your father's sunglasses. What a memory. My mom used to wear big sunglasses and leave them everywhere. restaurants always saved them for her next time she came. I loved that you bought a house that meant something to you. I hope you always love it. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. How great that you get to live in that house! I would love to be in the house my parents lived in for 40 years!

  3. If I could live in any house it would be the one my grandfather built sadly that isn't possible

  4. Houses have stood under the passage of time and have given all inhabitants chances of good memories.
    Happy weekend to you with your family and your father's sunglasses.


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