We’ve been married almost 20 years, so it’s about time, really.
I’m joking – Kevin has always been a great gift-giver. Much better than I am, in fact. He’s a terrible gift receiver though. He returns everything. (Maybe it’s because I’m such a lame gift-giver. Ha!)
This Christmas I got one of the best gifts ever. I opened all of my gifts under the tree – beautiful jewelry (I’m loving Sabika right now.) and tickets to see Flashdance. (We went to see it last weekend – it was such a fun show! Yes – they even managed to include the dance number where she dumps a bucket of water on herself. lol)
Then I was told to look on the porch for one more present. There sat a beautiful old gate, tied with a big red ribbon. Awwwww…… The jewelry made me smile, but the gate made me cry. Seriously sobby cry.
There’s a story behind the gate, of course.
For several years I’ve been stalking the type of fence in the gate. It’s called ornamental double-loop fence. I really thought that I wanted it for our yard. Isn’t it perfectly old-fashioned looking? It reminds me of a grandma’s house, and of overgrown cottage gardens with tons of roses. Yum.
I eventually found a place online that sells it. It’s not terribly expensive, but I never was 100% sure so I didn’t make the commitment.
There’s a duplex that we pass on a back route into the city that has a small section of the fence (original) between the home’s sidewalks. Every time we pass it I swear I’m going to stop and give the owners my phone number – please call me when you’re ready to update that fence! Obsessed.
Last summer on vacation, I spotted this on the side of my favorite store on Anna Maria Island. More obsessed.
Then I found a project that I am dying to do with a piece of the fencing. Even more obsessed.
So you can imagine that I was a little overwhelmed when I saw The Gate – rescued from a junk pile and sitting on my porch.
Yep – he gets me.
As I’m sure you’d agree, there’s no way I’m taking the gate apart to use the fence for a project. I love how it looks sitting in front of the fire place. (Though I might want something to cover the opening a bit more…).
What was your favorite gift that you gave or received this year? I’d love to hear!