Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Lists

by Leann

As we tentatively prepare to move out of the 60's Motel from Hell aka rent house, I am making lists of what I cannot wait to do and what I won't miss. Let's start with what I won't miss:

1. The dogs who bark all night. ALL NIGHT. EVERY NIGHT.

2. Going right along with that--the dogs who roam the streets in this neighborhood, or take a nap in the street or just run at you when you are headed for the mail box. I have a dog of my own, whom I adore. She doesn't bark all night and she doesn't roam the street. It's not hard to do if you TRAIN them. Not a priority here.

3. The dust. I have never seen so much dust in my life. This house is old--
built in the 60s and has never been renovated to any degree. The stove and the oven are original. They are gross. I am not the greatest housekeeper on the planet but this dust is unbelievable. I could dust all day everyday and start again tomorrow.

4. The smell. Musty, dirty and just plain awful. I will have to throw out clothes, I am sure, because I know the smell clings to them.

Okay, enough. I could go on but the positives are so much more important and I will appreciate them so much more after this living experience.

1. The beautiful, peaceful lake.

2. A home where we have chosen everything and is fresh and clean.

3. The upgraded HVAC system to help with my asthma and allergies. We had an electrostatic prepcipitator added.

4. My own bed. We have had to use the queen size guest bed and my back has suffered.

5. The box of socks I haven't seen in two years. Funny how you can miss something as simple as a pair of socks.

6. Cooking again. I love to bake and cook and this will be my first experience with a gas range. I am SO excited as I love to bake and cook. (Yes, that is my actual new range!

7. A quiet spot to read and write. It is never quiet in this neighborhood. If people aren't shooting off their guns (yes, THAT happens) then motorcycles and other loud vehicles are barreling down the street.

Yes. Paradise truly awaits us!



23 comments:

Nerissa said...

So excitin'! It won't be long now before you're snuggled into your brand new HOME.

Purrs,
Nissy

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nissy. I AM getting excited!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm so happy for you Leann. You must be so excited. It is such a beautiful house and a lovely spot.. Will you have neighbors that you can see or hear? Seeing is ok, Hearing is not. LOL I hope you have an easy move. Perhaps when you write to us again, it will be from your new home.

Carol B said...

The new house sounds wonderful, Leann! I know these dates can never be definite ahead of time, but when do you think you'll be able to move in? I'm sure the new atmosphere will be much better for you and Marlowe, and Wexford will probably like it better, too, once they get used to it. Exciting!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Diane. We have new neighbors who will probably move into their house about the same time we do. We have become friends, sharing temporary power, contractors etc! They already said we can take their boat out anytime. We don't have a boat or a dock yet, but they are coming! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Carol! We are hoping the first week in July IF the concrete contractor will cooperate (that has been our biggest problem--getting them to show up!) Everything else will be done next week! :-)

Rita Crabb said...

I am praying that the move happens very soon. you have endured a lot in this journey. the house and setting sound perfect. I can't believe it's been a year since I called you and you were on your way to pick out windows! Wow.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Rita! It's been more than a year (that was in April 2013. We started the house in December 2012--and that is hard to even type!) I feel as if my life has been in limbo for two years!

mary kennedy said...

This really does look like paradise!! I am so glad you can put the dreadful place behind you...it's been a long haul, but the pay-off will certainly be worth it. Peace at last!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. There's a song on the radio right now that expresses how I feel. It's by O.A.R. and it says, "I want love, I want us, I want you, I want me, I want peace." That about how I feel!!

Marlene Ezell said...

Excited for you. I know you will enjoy your new home. I have dogs, which I show, and I understand how you feel about dogs running loose and barking. Dogs do bark, but they should not be allowed to do it all the time. Your new place looks like a place a dog would enjoy.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Marlene. I LOVE dogs, love all animals but I do not understand how the people who live in the houses where these dogs are left out all night sleep. And dogs aren't nocturnal so why are they barking all night long? Unless perhaps the owners work the night shift. Maybe they sleep all day with their owners. It's always about solving the mystery for me!! LOL!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

It will be wonderful when you make this move. Moves bring their own stress, but I can attest to the fact that once you are settled you will once again know peace and happiness. You deserve it, my friend.

XOXO

MJ

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ. Our move will be slower than the last time when we moved in here. We had to get everything into storage and into the rental in one day. We can pace ourselves this time. (But it is still stressful. I might not be able to find my box of socks for weeks!!)

Shirley said...

Your own sewing room, right? That's what I want in my next house!

Leann Sweeney said...

I DO have my own sewing/quilting room! And I painted it PINK! :-)

Lynda Turpin said...

Sometimes dreams can turn to nightmares. But soon you will wake up and be able to enjoy a wonderful reality. Dreams are sometimes better than reality, but your new reality looks heavenly. I'm so happy that you are so close to starting this new chapter in your life. Once all the "settling in" is complete, I think you will find your "happily ever after". Best of luck to you and your hubby.

Kate said...

Congrats on being able to see the finish line. We had a similar experience before we bought our last home, and it was horrible. Happy days and happy writing ahead!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lynda! I would say nightmare about sums it up. But reality is right around the corner. I walk into the new home and a sense of peace comes over me, so I know things will be much better soon.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Kate. I know there are a lot worse things that could have happened and I truly am grateful we put ourselves in a position to reach this dream. We worked hard and saved our pennies. Now it will pay off! :-)

Anne Lovell said...

you are going to so love your house! The gas is easy to get used to. I wouldn't go back to electric. I love how it heats everything quicker and burners that cool just as quick. Have fun unpacking and reacquainting yourself with your favorite things again.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Anne! I cannot wait to use my new stove. Right now only two burners here work and you get either hot or low--nothing in between. We've already replaced the heating coil in the over. My husband found it online for the 1963 model oven! The landlord was glad he didn't have to do it. It will be like Christmas when I start to unpack boxes! :-)

Heather said...

The nonstop 24-hr barking was just one reason I was glad to kiss the apartment complex goodbye two summers ago, but I didn't escape the barking altogether. My current next door neighbors have two that bark nonstop whenever they are left alone. A couple hours of that goes a long way. :-\ When I first moved in they always took the dogs out on leashes, now they let them out unattended to roam. While they usually stay close to the building, one has the occasional habit of wandering down the street. As we live off a busy thoroughfare as well as near a nature preserve, letting animals out unattended is not a good idea. As annoying as they can be, I wouldn't want anyone's pet to meet with speeding car or coyote. On the up side, my current landlords are extremely attentive to maintenance issues.