I have been sitting on this for several days to make sure everything worked out and was definite. We found a house! We've been living in a townhouse, which has been great and entirely adequate, but we've wanted a house, where we don't have to worry so much about noise and things like that. Last Wednesday I saw an ad for a house that is bigger than our townhouse for less money. I wasn't very hopeful, because a lower price like that usually means the house is less than desirable. The man asked me to ride by and look at the outside, then call him if we were interested in the inside. Wes and I looked drove by, and although the house was a light salmon color, it didn't look like a bad house, and it's in a good neighborhood, so I called back to make an appointment to look at the inside. The earliest the landlord could do was Saturday afternoon. I went at 2:00, liked what I saw, and called Wes to see how close he was to getting back into North Vancouver. He was close enough that I stayed at the house till he could get there. He liked it too, so we talked with the landlord a bit about the house and told him some things about ourselves. He called on Sunday afternoon to tell us the house is ours. I'm so excited!
We'll have to make a few changes. For one thing, Wes's desk will be in our bedroom. But the bedrooms in this house are large enough to do that. The kitchen is a little bit smaller, but it has nearly new (2 years old), full-size appliances (here we have apartment size stove and fridge). I will have to be a little more creative with storage in the new kitchen, but it's bigger than our kitchen in Ft. Worth was, so I think I can handle it. Those are the only changes I can think of at the moment.
Some of the features I love about this house are the bay window in the living room, the gas fireplace (I love a fireplace!), the self-cleaning oven and fridge with gallon storage in the door (that was a favorite thing about my last fridge), and a full bath in the master bedroom. One bedroom has a good-sized balcony, and there's a small (it really is small) deck off the kitchen, just big enough for a couple of chairs and a little table. The carpet is only a couple of years old, and I was amazed at the difference in it and our apartment carpet - night and day difference! The landlord said the carpet is high quality, and I believe it. I never knew you could tell the difference in carpets just by walking on them! The kitchen has beautiful laminate floors, something I've always thought I'd enjoy. They seem to be easy to care for.
The house isn't perfect, of course. What house is? The kitchen cabinets are very plain and old. The main bath has yellow fixtures - sink, tub, toilet - all yellow! LOL The whole house is a bit retro, shall we say? Dark panelling on a couple of walls, that kind of thing. Then I got to thinking about why I consider those bad points. The main reason is because I watch decorating shows and see "experts" constantly shaking their heads and throwing their hands up in horror over panelling or the wrong color of bathroom fixtures. I have decided that I can work with the colors instead of fighting them, and who cares if there's some panelling on the wall? It gives some character to the house! ;) The point is, I allow my thinking sometimes to be controlled by current fashion instead of looking at the bigger picture. It will not matter in eternity if my bath fixtures were yellow, now will it?
We move out of here on April 30th. We have permission to begin moving into the house on the Friday before, the 27th. I've been keeping up pretty well with housecleaning and decluttering (thanks to my February challenge!), so I think doing a little bit of packing each day will have us mostly ready to move that last week of the month. The major cleaning work is stuff like cleaning under appliances and cleaning walls, things that are easiest done after the furniture is out anyway. It hasn't been all that long since we moved here, just 2 1/2 years ago. Those of you with whom I correspond personally, I'll be sending out a change of address e-mail as the time gets nearer, so we can continue to keep in touch!
One last thing and I'll hush. When I found the ad for the house, I immediately began praying for two things if this were the house for us: that I would feel at home when I walked in, and that the Lord would give us favor with the landlord. When I walked in the front door, I thought, "I can live here!" and before we left that afternoon, the landlord said that as far as he knew, we were the ones he would choose. Both of those prayers were answered!
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