Window Shopping

If the computer’s already fired up and I have a little time to kill, I’ll cruise over to and check out houses, condos and townhomes.

The properties that I peruse are usually in this area — either elsewhere in Anaheim, or sometimes I’ll browse in Fullerton. Other times I’ll look at the listings in the Historic French Park or Floral Park sections of Santa Ana, or I’ll wander over to Old Towne Orange.

I love getting lost in the different homes that are for sale, and I love picturing my furnishings in them. I find the charm of a Craftsman-style home irresistible, and I’ll always adore a simple postwar era home that’s been neatly maintained. Some listings are a better fit for my loot than others, since the piano doesn’t always work — but dreaming is always a good time.

Tonight I journeyed up to Seattle since I’ve always had a fascination with that city. I visited once back in the early 90s, and it’s held a special place in my heart ever since. Perhaps it’s because I love the rain. Perhaps the breathtaking views are what draw me in. Regardless, the property up there didn’t let me down, as it was equally beautiful.

The thing I noticed missing in many of those properties, however, was a large picture window for displaying a Christmas tree. Maybe I wasn’t looking in the right areas, but many listings just didn’t have that element. Most of the places I’ve seen here in California, however, seem ready-made for a tree at the holidays.

It made me think about the fact that no matter where we end up living, we always seem to hold onto something from our past. I know I’ll never be without a piano, and I know I will also need a large picture window in which a Christmas tree can stand — tall and proud — while displaying glimmering ornaments (starting the day after Thanksgiving).

Have I ever mentioned I love Christmas?

Tonight I am thankful for the second reminder in as many weeks that, although there’s no place like home, there’s also no reason to leave behind that main home we hold dear in our memories. Regardless of zip code, climate, latitude or longitude, that picture window will always be near the top of my list.

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