This afternoon we will have been here 2 weeks.
Hard for me to comprehend all that has occurred/changed/happened.
The trip up, as you know was quite an adventure. Living here, for 2 weeks anyway, has been quite sedate in comparison.
I am thrilled we had a place to come to, especially with 3 dogs. And thanks to great friends, we even had beds to sleep in.
We have been doing our best to stimulate the economy by shop shop shopping. I think we nearly have the house set to live comfortably for a while.
We are learning our way around, but haven’t ventured too far as shopping opportunities abound, and of course my favorite; Amazon, ebay, Craigslist…
I am getting on all sorts of email lists for museum and such to know what events are happening, we’ve already attended a few. Much like Merida, Richmond offers a wealth of opportunities.
The weather has been awesome, hot during the day but so cool at night, and so much less humidity. We finally had to turn on the AC last night. Not that the evening was hot, but because of the previous owners.
The previous owners, actually the only other owners, an older couple who built the house in 1951 had started growing a little paranoid in their older years. They feared people were trying to break in. They had/have such security precautions in place that we can’t open doors and windows, yet.
The house is wired with a security system, there are panic buttons, there are locking window closures, there are screws into window frames etc. We are slowly prising open windows, most of which have also been painted shut.
About 1971 the family opened up the attic, added a staircase and created useable/liveable space which includes a powder room, and lots of small closets and storage space. So what this house lacks in living space, it makes up for in storage space.
They added 1 vent upstairs for heat and ac. The upstairs gets killer hot. We are are going to replace the decaying wooden windows with white vinyl windows, and add a mini split. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
okay, so some general observations
- we no longer live behind tall stone walls so need to be conscientious of the neighbors and not run around naked.
- food costs a lot; whether from the super, or in restaurants.
- wine costs less.
- the roads are so smooth.
- the shopping is abundant, as are the quantity of things you can buy.
- the diminished humidity is really nice
- I miss lots of things
- I am enjoying the new things
- I am adaptable