Assignment No. 4 in Photo 101 is Bliss. Open up the door a little wider, Cheri. What brings me happiness in life? Much, hopefully. Great grown daughter Elisabeth. Love to write, for this blog and the freelance opportunities elsewhere. Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle.
My dear wife Karen on a line of her own.
And it comes together in the Little Bitty, the house we share in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood come 12 years this summer.
Karen arrived in my life first, following a dark time. The daughter was terrific, and the journalism job at the big daily was solid, but the first marriage had dissolved and personal remodeling was at ground level.
We found this house together, took it from what it was to what it is piece by piece by working as one, and made it the place where we could best digest what the world handed. Somewhere between the new windows and siding and the kitchen remodel and the new floors and screens for the back porch and the layoff from the big daily, Karen took my last name.
The Little Bitty is our home. Small. Happy. Plenty left still to accomplish within its walls. Our talks now center on the age of the roof. Yet it looks blissful from the long view. Come retirement age, do we want to winter somewhere warm? Well, yes. Yes, we do. But bliss will await here.
Where do you find your bliss? Do you have a lot of projects behind you at your house? Do you have a lot of projects ahead of you?