In my idealist mind, I have a certain life experience I want to give my grandchildren. For lack of a better explanation, I call it "Over the River and Through the Woods"; reminiscent of the song.
I don't have that that ideal location yet, although my grandmother radar is always actively watching for it, searching for a house and land that would be such an adventure that my grandchildren would have to travel that way to reach me. I don't have the chickens and goats and other animals yet for them to chase around the property.
No, it is not quite the storybook setting I want.
What I DO have so far is a vegetable garden that my grandson (and soon to be granddaughter) can help me in and I am working on landscaping the back yard so that the entire area is kid/pet friendly and no plants are toxic.
I keep plenty of story books on hand with classic Paul Bunyan tall tales and fairy tales and nursery rhymes and I keep a stock of toys. When they get old enough I will have them help me in the kitchen as my own kids did when they were little.
I also have big plans for the other side of my yard which I hope to have a screened porch and plenty of yard games and things for them to do.
I want my house to be the most fun and magical grandma's house ever. A place where memories are made, games are played, and stories are read. I want to hear laughs and giggles and see the happy smiling faces of my grandchildren as long as I can. Now if I can just get the time to do all the things I want and better yet, get the magical place!
"Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go......"