Last spring we moved into a beautiful condo. While my husband loves that he does not have to mow the lawn on those hot summer days or shovel the snow when the bitter wind is blowing, he has found himself with more free time.
In our old home we had a beautiful hosta garden with over 200 hostas along with roses, lilies, cone flowers and so much more! In our new home we do have room for a few flowers and he has enjoyed planting some this summer with plans for more come spring. However, with the much smaller lawn we have it will never be enough to keep him busy.
Giving this free time he has returned to an earlier love – painting. When he was younger he painted but always ended up giving his paintings to friends who expressed that they liked a particular one. When I married him he told me about his earlier painting but he had nothing to show me.
I was pleasantly surprised when he began painting again. In the small house we rented when we first downsized from our home before buying the condo there was little room for him to paint. With the purchase of our condo I took over the second bedroom and filled it with my books, my music and my computer. My poor husband still had no room to paint.
He decided to make himself a studio/painting room in our unfinished basement. Hard at work on the room he has added his favorite “big” chair and a game table so it has become more than just a place to paint. Every man needs a man cave and he now has one. While he still has painting and trim work to do, he is almost ready for a game night with friends.
What is great is that he now has plenty of work for not only painting but can also display some of his work.
He also loves maps and has some terrific antique maps of London and Paris that he had no where to display. Now he can put them up on the walls of his studio/mancave and enjoy.
I was feeling a little guilty taking the extra room for my space, so now I can better enjoy my area knowing my husband has a space all his own to enjoy.
One of the reasons we bought the condo was to get everything on one floor for me. I had a knee replacement that did not go well and arthritis in the other knee so stairs are difficult for me. With this new space I think I may be going up and down stairs again. As he has completed steps in this decorating I have been called to check it out. Putting up paneling, painting the floor, putting down rugs, putting up lights – all have required my inspection. Now he is talking about me coming down stairs to sit in his easy chair and read or blog while he paints.
I have to remind him it is a “man-cave” and women are not allowed. 🙂
I loved those pics of your garden. I’m glad he’s found a new way to keep busy. How nice that he paints! Laughing at your last comment! 🙂 🙂
I really miss my garden but I love having laundry and my own space all on one floor.
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That does sound like a worthwhile exchange, garden for all that.