Over the next couple of weeks, my sons and I will be moving into an apartment. It may not be my dream home, and it is much smaller, but it is affordable. The boys and I get a good feeling about the place. I feel blessed to have found someplace where we will be comfortable and happy.
Our new home is a duplex, not a condo as I mistakenly reported in a previous post. The only common walls are in the garage. It's a very nice neighborhood, and quiet.
When you enter, the kitchen is on the left.
Thankfully, the landlord got the ugly table and chairs out. The funny thing is that I saw them at a used furniture store yesterday!
I do not like this hanging light. I am not allowed to paint it, so will have to think of something else to make it pretty.
And I really do not care for the wallpaper AT ALL! I can live with it if I absolutely have to since I do have a lot of blue things for the kitchen. I wish I could paint it a taupe and paint the cabinets white, but that's not going to happen either.
I really like my new big living room! It's bigger than the one I have now! Our things will fit very nicely into this new home.
I'm not thrilled with the blinds, but I like that I have a window with southern light.
My boys will have a room that they will be sharing. My youngest has not once slept in his room the entire time that I have lived in this house! Why? I don't know. He has a great room in my house, but prefers to sleep on the couch. We don't really need a third bedroom. Later, the landlords are going to clear out their office that takes up half the garage, so if my oldest wants a separate room or a music room, he can use that.
I'm taking the bigger room because I have a lot of stuff! This room is even bigger than my current room! I think I will like this a lot, but I'll have less closet space.
I will also miss having a half bath. There is only one bath here, and this is it! There is a stackable washer and dryer behind the door. This bathroom is functional, but there are a couple things I really hate about it.
I do like the counter though as it is not that ugly white, speckled mess that I currently have, and it is bigger. However, there is no medicine cabinet! What am I going to do without a medicine cabinet? Guess I will have to get creative!
This is the only lighting in the bathroom. Oh dear. And the wallpaper is too ugly for words!
Here is a close up of the wallpaper. What kind of 70's designer on acid created this? I am BEGGING the landlord to let me paint it, but he only wants a professional to paint it. The realtor who is handling things for the landlords said he might come paint it himeself. I will NOT quit bugging him about it until it is changed!
They even left me an charming little 70ish ugly rug! How nice! lol
I am really happy that I have a patio outside. The tree at the extreme left doesn't look real healthy. I hope it blooms! I'm glad that I'm going to have a place for my firepit and chairs, and the rest of my outside furniture.
I think we can be happy here. The boys' church is just right up the street, and so is a good friend of mine from work.
So how did I enjoy my first official day of unemployment? I got up, chatted online for a while, dropped off a job application at a daycare near my house, packed up a few things to take to the new place, did some window shopping and scored some free boxes for packing from the antique shop which just moved to a new location (she was thrilled that I wanted boxes!), and then later we all went to the mall so my youngest could get a haircut. Then we all went to $5 night at the movies and got free popcorn too. We saw "Slumdog Millionaire" and I HIGHLY recommend this movie! You will see why it is Oscar material.
Today I stayed on the phone for 45 minutes trying to find out a PIN number for unemployment. I am also going to get my oil changed, have my last doctor visit with my surgeon, and do more window shopping. Then I can come home and start going through stuff and packing. I'm also going to get back to the Y and sign up for their aerobics and/or water aerobics classes. They are free with a family membership. My son told me he thought we should cancel the Y membership, but we signed a contract and can't. I figure that I can exercise every day again now that I am feeling better!
I am determined to keep busy and stay happy! So far I am enjoying the time off.