It's ours... or it will be in 11 more days. We found a new house. On Friday May 31st, we will sign the new lease, take possession of the keys and property and begin moving in on Saturday the 1st. This has been the most un-enjoyable experience I have had in quite a long time.
I am more than thankful to be moving out of this place that has been making me so sick since sometime in November of last year. No more runny nose, no more wheezing, no more muscle aches. I am looking forward to being healthy again. These past 6 or so months have been just unacceptable. And now that we've found a place, given the landlord our 30 day notice of vacating this place, he has decided to make the necessary repairs. Unbelievable...
The new house itself is great, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths with a huge tub in the master so I can continue to enjoy long candle lit lavender baths at the end of my day. There is a wood burning fireplace in the living room with built ins on each side (I'm going to use one of them for my altar), new appliances throughout and a new HVAC unit. In the dining room there is a built in china cabinet and in the corner next to the snack bar area of the kitchen/dining room there are built in corner book cases. I am extremely pleased with the location, the neighborhood is quiet with paved roads perfect for taking evening walks, and the size of the yard is HUGE!
The one drawback I have found is there isn't a covered porch. I LOVE the covered porch on the current house which gives me the ability to sit outside and enjoy the rain without getting soaked. Jimmy found a screen house with a floor that he thinks will work well on the front deck. I kinda like that idea too, it will give more protection from the mosquitoes since this one has an attached floor to help keep the pesky things out. I also love the trees and plants in this yard, something the new place has quite a bit less of. There are trees, and shrubs and 3 rose bushes, it's just not as green and lush as where we currently live.
On the positive side, this means I pretty much have a blank canvas to work with and will be adding some plants around the very large front deck. I'm taking the plants I put in here last summer: 2 hydrangeas a gardenia plant, 4 violets, some of the spider-wort, the carnations and of course my herbs. I know I'm supposed to leave anything I've put in the ground. That's not going to happen. I'm buying planters/pots large enough to move my babies and will more than likely keep them in pots on the front deck.
We definitely will need to buy a riding lawn mower, with over a half acre of land it's just too much for a push mower. I'm thinking we are going to need another garden hose so we can water the lawn and keep it pretty and green (unless the irrigation/sprinkler system we found the control box for actually works). First up though is treating the entire yard for ants. I have never in my life seen so many ant hills! I have no desire to be a meal for any of them either. Jimmy has been looking at pools for the back yard, so when Ravyn is visiting (or I'm babysitting) we can go swimming.
I'm excited, but also a bit melancholy. I love the house we are in, I will miss it ... a LOT! (I won't miss the uncontrolled yapping dogs of the neighbors nor the pit bulls that won't stay in their yard behind us) But I am looking forward to all exciting things I can do in the new place as well. When we get things settled I'll post some pictures and share the experience of the new Chateau L`Esperance.