Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Home Ownership, One Year Later

One year ago today, I signed my name on about 400 thousand pieces of paper. After all of that was done. I became a homeowner. After moving 6 times in 5 years Its nice to know I never have to move again. Unless the girls pack me off to a nursing home when I get old.

This purchase was a long time coming. Trust me when I tell you 2 divorces in 2 years does not do your credit any favors. (A tip from me to you...Never buy anything jointly)

I still have a giant to-do list and a wish I could do list. I won't bore you with the details of this list.

The house across the street from me, closed the week before mine did. The home owners have been busy this last year they made a little covered stoop (Which I am dying for) They completely fenced in their back yard (mine is still not done) and their grass is always cut (don't even get me started on mine). I can't speak for the work they've done on the inside, but I know from pictures of their house on zillow that their inside was not in as good a shape as mine was. Which may be why I paid 10 thousand more. That part is well worth it to me, because I have original hardwood and a fireplace.

But the things I do see them doing had been eating at me. Why couldn't I have come that far too? Why is my list so long and I feel like I can't make a dent in it. The saying don't compare someone's middle to your beginning didn't seem to apply here because we both began at the same time.

Then I thought about it and decided to cut myself some slack. I am doing everything all by myself. I have had minimal help from the girls with digging holes for the section of fence that we got up. In case you don't know. Digging post holes is a really tough job. I poured the concrete I set the posts. I waited until it was set and literally drug 6 foot by 8 foot wood panels around the side of the house and held it up with my foot while drilling it into place. I stained it in 90% humidity with sweat pouring into my eyes. I took down every shutter on my house, painted them and hung them all back up. I did that by myself. I have had to rely on someone to come mow and I am at their mercy and that of the weather. I manged to get 3 rooms painted with 3 more to go. I wish I was farther along. But I am just one person and I don't have the team of friends or family that they have helping on weekends. I can only do so much. I just need to remind myself of that when I am wading through my grass to  take the dogs out on leashes. One day the yard will be fenced in. One day I will have a deck, and the pond will be finished, I will have a tile back splash and the floor furnace grate will be removed. But until those things happen, I am still a homeowner which I wasn't 366 days ago.

Now for some happy before and after shots of what I have done.
                                                                        Before
After
I don't know why those tan shutters drove me so crazy, but the dark blue looks a lot better I think.
 Before
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After
After (The wall is more green than grey, but at least it isn't dark red)

 After (Why have a plain door when you can live in the TARDIS)


 After (Love my pink door so much)
Before (Dear Lord why was every room in this house brown?)
 After
 After
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After
Still a work in progress

I like seeing how far I've come. I know I have a lot to do, but I have the next 30 years to do it in.If you don't have anything going on I will happily accept help in knocking out my to do list.

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