The Space we Want and the Space we Need.
October weekends are typically busy here at Our Little House.
I have the get together with my good friends from school and Dale and I usually like to take off for a weekend as we know winter will be setting in shortly.
We also like to get to one of the larger cities to get in anything we need that we cannot purchase online or get in our small town.
This past weekend, we drove up to Branson for a 2-hour trip on the scenic railway. I had long wanted to take the scenic train ride and we thought fall to be the perfect time of year.
Although my dad worked for the Santa Fe, I hadn’t been on a train since I was 18 months old and my family headed west to California for a trip.
We took the dinner train in Branson and we were very disappointed in the food and railcar. The meal was catered in and I don’t think we had ever had a piece of prime rib so overdone and tasteless.
I think we also must have been on the dining car that hadn’t been renovated. It felt old and dirty. The food didn’t spoil our ride. The staff was extremely nice and so were our table mates, who were vacationing from Wisconsin. We traded dog stories and photos, it’s always fun to find like minded dog lovers!
The trip was nice, it took us south back into Arkansas. I told Dale if we had waited one more week, the colors would have been in full season, but it was still an enjoyable, relaxing ride.
Our accommodations were familiar; we stayed at the wonderful Branson Hilton Convention Center, which never disappoints.
We always sleep so well and unlike the weekend of Dale’s birthday, I did not fall in the soaking tub and injure my leg, which made for a more relaxing soak.
I had to laugh when we checked out because although we had a suite, we only used the bedroom portion on this trip.
I had to wonder if we were growing more accustomed to having a small space and really not knowing what to do with a larger space when we do have it.
“Such a waste,” I told Dale as we were leaving. “We didn’t even use the living and dining areas.”
True, we were only there overnight and much of that was spent on the train and shopping for necessities we can’t get at home, but it did remind me of all of the wasted space we had in the house in Kansas City.
When we returned to Our Little House, I was even more aware that each and every inch of that space is used for living.
Do you have space in your house that you do not use? If you were to downsize, what rooms do you think you would actually need?