I call it the end of my sanity. Yes, I speak of the unpacking and setting up of my new home. Two things keep me right-minded about this. 1. That we OWN this house, and 2. That we quite possibly won't be moving again for a VERY long time. Our intentions of having a weekend of painting the ENTIRE house after moving in didn't go as planned. Money issues may keep us from painting for a long time, so we are living with the brick-painted floors and the red fireplace for a while. The problem with this is, after a while of living here it starts to look *okay*, I don't EVER want to be okay with the paint jobs here! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Honestly, I have to take good pictures and post them for you, because it is hard to make you understand the strange taste the former owners had without seeing it for yourself. I am going to post a few that we took when we were just looking at the house, but they're not very good. But atleast you will get a peak and the potential.
This would be the front of the house. We haven't figured out paint color yet, but it will definately NOT be grayish green brick. I hate painted brick, but atleast ONLY the front of the house is brick, the other sides are all cedar. Go figure.
This is the back porch. The porches were a selling point for us, they scream for rocking chairs that we will someday buy. Or maybe get as Christmas presents......
A view of the back of the house from behind the fence. We have a YARD!!!! And the land behind the fence that I was standing in is ours as well, we even have a barn all ready for a horse! Not that we will be getting one anytime soon. Maybe a goat.
This is the hideous HAND-PAINTED kitchen floor.
I will try to explain the room, I'm sure I will do a bad job. It's a "great room", so the kitchen and living room are one big room. This is the "island" that seperates them. The original porcelin (I spelled that wrong) is in the island and it's really neat to get to wash the dishes and watch TV or be a part of the conversation. Plus, it's a very tall sink so you don't have to bend. There is a bar with stools on the other side. On the floor you will see that this woman only painted half the room brick, the other half she did faux-marble. It's just as bad. And you can sort-of get a look at the red fireplace. This picture really does no justice to the room, I promise it's better than it looks. It's very country-farmhouse feeling and that's what we were looking for! John and I are having issues with the fact that I want to paint the wood paneling and he doesn't. I don't care if it's real wood or not, paneling dates the place to the 80's! Anyway, I should stop, this is getting long now.
But, aside from the desperate need for new paint, we love it here. It's definately in the country, which is exactly what we wanted after living in the city for the last 7 years. I'm absolutely completely freaked out about the whole "mortgage" thing, and frequently have the sneaking feeling that we can't afford to live here, but other than that homeownership is wonderful. It will take a while to get used to the bugs, the night noises, the neighbor's very mean-looking boxer-doggie that likes to stand in my yard and look at me, the funny taste of the water, and the fact that I am 7 months pregnant with a house I want to do so much to, but can only do things in 10 minute spurts without having to sit down and rest.
I had my first visitors last week. There are two 80 year old sisters who live next door. Never married, always lived together, CUTEST old ladies I've ever met. They stopped by and brought me a strawberry shortcake. Boudreaux was so excited about visitors he couldn't contain himself and ran out the door right at them. I almost had a heart attack imagining him jumping and hips breaking and cake flying, but thank God he stopped! But anyway, they came and and stayed for about an hour. They lived in my house 30 years ago and wanted to take me on a tour and show me how things used to be. It was so much fun, and Ms. Estelle was "tickled" that Sadie was now sleeping in her old bedroom.
I hope the pictures didn't scare you, it really is a great place. It has so much potential, and I can't wait to see what it all looks like in a few years when actually get to do everything I want to do. Anyway, I just wanted to update you on what's going on here. I would tell you about other things in life, but this has gotten long and I'll write another soon. Yes, Jessica, I will.