Hi Readers, I am still here...recovering well from my bout of pneumonia, sewing some nice pants and tees, riding and in general, enjoying my life. I have a backlog of posts and pictures to share...my computer is in the shop and for some reason, I am having trouble with my camera/laptop relationship. As Rosanna Rosannadanna said, "It's always something".
Our house is becoming a home slowly. We had a brickmason come in and reset our front patio-what a difference! No more broken pieces, big dips, or unparallel lines (there is probably a construction term for that). We also had the windows professionally cleaned until we can replace them and had some screens made. The front of the house has been sealed, so we are ready for next year's monsoons. These are all projects that cost bucks, and don't have a showy value. But all together, they make the house look a bit more cared for.
MONEY...we have now spent most of our profit from the Oregon house.
1. one serious piece of art
2. some inexpensive pieces, and some folk art
3. furniture for the dining room/office combo
4. furniture for the sewing room (I put together)
5. landscaping front and back yards (we did lots of this)
6. servicing AC/heater combo and setting up service contract
7. repairing garage door and header (Ross did this)
8. new blinds for living room, dining room and sewing room blinds repaired
9. drapes for our bedroom
10. repairs to roof (flat roof needs upkeep), and parapet
11. minor plumbing repairs (Ross did these)
12. repair wall, windowsills, woodwork (we are doing this)
13. paint as above is done (we are doing this)
I shipped my horses here from Oregon, and that was a needed expense. The cost of boarding is a bit higher here, and vet/farrier care is quite a bit higher.
We drive more here, but have a Prius which averages 56mpg.
There are so many places to go and things to see! We are spending more on entertainment, and also on gym membership as we found that necessary in the hot summer. We've also gone to the movies more here, and spent more on take out.
For those of you contemplating a move such as ours (from rural to city), there are costs to it. Those costs are offest by the excitement of restaurants, theatre, dance, art and culture.
We are excited about our new life as desert dwellers, and love seeing our home develop. I can't imagine not doing this.