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Introductory post from the wife

Bryan has encouraged me multiple times to update the blog. Unfortunately up to this point any post that I would have made would have been complaints about how much I hated the purchase process interjected with random cursing. Now that paperwork has been signed I feel more comfortable outlining my immediate goals with the house.

While Bryan is tearing down and ripping out the bathroom for it’s remodel before we move into the house, I will be tearing out the carpeting from downstairs that the previous owner kindly let their cats pee all over. Having four cats of our own we don’t really want ours getting a whiff of the previous damage so they can pick up the bad habit. It does break my heart to tear out the carpet because it seems to be one of the few things that the previous tenants actually did fairly well. They actually used a really good padding and it appears properly laid. Sadly it is soaked to the core in urine.

My other goal is to get all the rooms primed. Seeing as we are replacing all the wood paneling in the house it seems silly to paint it the actual color I really want only to tear it out in a couple months. But some of the colors are simply atrocious. I figure it’s better to live with primer white till then than say…

This is the baby’s room:

And the current color of the master bedroom:

Not good.

Then the major project that I have decided is mine and mine alone, the yard. It appears someone in the past had some grandiose ideas. There is a pond, and some build up for what appeared to be a water fall, and even a composting bin. Of course looking at the yard you would have never known because it’s all hidden under half of a yard of morning glory. I have found my arch-nemesis. Morning glory is the devil. It has eaten up almost fifty percent of the yard and I can’t have that.. (said wearing my steely-eyed Clint Eastwood face)  I have also planned a consultation with our friend’s gardener because there are flowers interspersed amongst the weeds and when I am cleaning out the horrifically overgrown flowerbeds next to the house I don’t want to pull out something I am going to have to pay to have later. It’s all just such a jumbled mess I have know clue what’s what. I have recently grown to love having my own vegetable garden and plan to put one at the house to in raised beds.

My back hurts already.

Now we just finalize packing up the old house for the move. We are almost finished, only a few bits and pieces to finish..


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Jen always packs way in advance of moving (I’m more of a “the week before” kinda guy but that idea makes her crazy), so we went out and got a bunch of wardrobe boxes and packing boxes from U-Haul. We also dumpster-dived the recycling bins at McDonalds for french fry boxes (almost exactly the same size as the U-Haul “small box” at 1.5 cu. ft.), because hey, free.

The only problem with this plan is that our place was already at capacity when the books, DVDs, VHS tapes, plates, cups, etc., were being efficiently stored on their bookcases and shelves. Now the stuff is in boxes taking up floor space and the bookcases are still taking up floor space, and we’re running out of room to turn around in. And we’ve still got a lot more stuff to pack.

Also: buying nifty furniture off Craigslist for way less than it’s worth is great. Buying it before you move and having to stash it somewhere in your crowded living room, not so much. There’s a reason we never bought a dining room table and chairs.

But, getting everything packed up as much as possible means that when we have the movers over for a Mk 1 Eyeball estimate (as opposed to a rule-of-thumb internet estimate), they’ll see exactly what needs to get moved instead of having to guess.