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Monday, December 28, 2009

Watching the weather go by

     What a thrill it has been to sit indoors and watch the weather go by!  Of course, I might have enjoyed it juuuuuuust a little more if the weather hadn't chosen to live inside with me, but who am I to complain?  A little snow in the house, using the doors and windows as coolers and even freezers... it builds character, right?  Yes, we had so much snow inside that we were able to use those pockets of frozen areas to keep our sodas really, really COOOOOLLLLLDDDD.

     On the plus side, we now know that, as much as we love our new house, this is probably not where we will choose to settle down for the rest of our lives... hopefully.  Several friends are keeping their eyes open for something a little more cozy.  We still love our beautiful house.  Ourtwardly, it is everything we ever wanted.  That is, if you don't count the fact that we want more land than we have here.  Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover and the book we are living in is filled with stories, untold.

     Take, for instance, the many places where Old Man Winter seems quite comfortable in making himself at home... inside our house.  Personally, I wouldn't mind so much, but he does insist on bringing that cold, cold air and snow inside with him.  Makes it very difficult to heat the old place.  Of course, I shall always have a special place in my heart for this dear old house.  It is beautiful and, with enough money, I would so love to make the repairs that would allow us to live out our days here.

     Still, to all things there is a season and this home is not the thing for the winter season.  Thus, when the weather warms up, we shall spend some serious time searching for something more cozy and warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Stay tuned for futher updates, but don't hold your breath; its still pretty frigid outdoors and I am not quite ready to venture out.  Until we do, keep a hug on.

2 comments:

Marilyn said...

Our house was build in the 1860's with many additions & moderations as you can imagine. We have upgraded until we are just about broke but this is the big old type of home we both wanted. We look at it like this.... The house is over 150 years old & like anything else ya' gotta' keep on fixing it up!!
Happy New Year!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

My name is PJ. said...

Here's what I've learned so far about homes and aging homeowners.....err on the side of practicality. Pretend you're no longer able bodied. Stairs are a big hassle for older/infirm folk.

We have only half an acre and we initially filled it with gardens and trees...and then Chef Stu's knees got bad and for the past 2 years I have been paying someone to weed my gardens and transplant things. Ka-ching and OUCH!

The house was 2400 square feet and we wound up having to hire someone to come in every other week to help clean. Ka-ching and OUCH!

We added on 1200 square feet and now pay 3 different people to clean 3 different zones in the house...every week. Ka-ching and OUCH!

All homes need maintenance and modifications. Last year it was the addition, this year it will be the master bathroom renovation and some downstairs painting. Ka-ching and OUCH!

We're retired and while this is our retirement house, we need help with it. If I knew 8 years ago what I know now, I'd have done things a bit differently.

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