Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I’m interrupting the scheduled talk about diabetes diets to give you a tour or my new house. With a couple of strokes of an ink pen this house on Date Street is no longer mine and no longer a big headache. Now I’m in limbo between houses.
The renter in the new house did move on schedule which meant I finally got to see the inside. I knew I’d be buying the house no matter what shape it was inside even without seeing it. Renters often leave houses in bad shape and that person was angry over having to move. There was a lot of trash left behind by the renter but the seller had guys there cleaning it all up. This is my new house. See the warehouse behind it? I’ll talk about it in a minute.
From the outside the house looks big but the square footage is less than the house I’m leaving. Does that bother me? Absolutely not. I’m happy about it. For a long time I had thought about getting one of those tiny house things on wheels or possibly a shed turned into a house. This house is bigger than either one of those ideas but I do have a small house like I want. This house is just right for my retirement house and I can continue quilting.
I have a storage shed! Its small too but plenty large enough for a mower, garden tools, and holiday decorations. There is a shelf on one side that could hold extra canning jars.
It has a nice shaded back yard with a brick patio. The driveway gravel has spread into the yard. I’m not sure if that was deliberate or not. Eventually I’ll rake that back for more yard space. It has a shade tree in the center of the yard with a limb just right for a rope swing to be added. There’s a dog house that’s in really good shape. Maybe it can be re-purposed for something. In this picture you can see the warehouse better.
The backyard is actually several feet below the level of the warehouse. The warehouse has a basement which is actually higher than the height of the shed. My backyard is level with the floor of their basement. Some people wouldn’t like a warehouse behind them but I see it as a really big privacy fence as well as protection from possible high winds during storms. I might be allowed to paint a pretty country garden scene on it. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
Just about 8 or 10 feet beyond the left corner of that building is a railroad track. Trains scare the dickens out of me. I’ve always avoided them if possible. Trains are required to move slowly through this area which means very little noise. The trains would be hidden by the bushes. If I don’t see them or hear them I don’t think I’ll be scared.
There is actually enough sun for a small garden. This picture was taken about 9 am. Evidently someone had a small garden there at one time because I found some raised bed type boards almost buried in the ground. A little work and they might be reusable. I also found one lettuce plant struggling to survive in a shaded area. I think I’ll put a cage around it and let it live and go to seed. If its hardy enough to live then the seeds it produces should be good hardy ones.
Now lets go into the house. I forgot to get a photo of the laundry room. It has a washer and dryer which are not in very good shape. I’ll freecycle those. Mine are going with me.
This is my kitchen. I don’t like or want the stove. Mine is newer with much better features. I have a self cleaning oven and a clock timer for turning the oven on at a certain time then turning it off again later. I’m going to ask if I’m allowed to take my stove or should I buy another one. I can’t live with the one thats there. The oven is dirty and it has no features. The fridge is clean enough to use so its staying for awhile. I do like my bar fridge and will decide later which to keep.
So let’s continue with the tour. We stand in the kitchen looking down the hall. The new quilting room is to the left with 2 bedrooms at the end and bathroom on the right.
My quilting machine will just barely fit into the front room. While we were there the seller and I ripped out the carpet from the quilting room and the hallway so the trash guys could haul it away. It had to come out before the machine is put into place. The wood floor underneath does have some issues which would be easily fixable. I’m thinking maybe I could rent a sander and refinish it before the machine is moved. If not I’ll do it someday in the near future.
The bedroom on the left is probably going to be a den because its the largest of the two. I need space for a couch and tv watching area for visitors or grand kids. Never had that at my current house.
The bedroom on the right is where I’ll have my room. I’m glad I only have a double bed and not something larger. It will fit nicely in the room.
Both rooms do still have carpet but that’s coming out eventually. There is a closet in every room including the bathroom. Yeah!
The bathroom does need some work. It will be strange having plastic instead of ceramic tile around the tub. I’m not sure about the shower head. I don’t know if its water efficient. I can worry about that later.
Time to go up the stairs to see what it looks like up there. The stairway is just inside the front door.
At the top of the stairs is a built in closet area. Perfect for storing off season clothing or extra linens.
One bedroom to the left with carpet removed. We didn’t do that, it was already gone. There is a patched place in the ceiling from a tree branch falling on it. It was inspected to be sure there wasn’t any structural damage to the rafters before it was patched.
Other bedroom to the right with carpet still there. That will be Ladybug’s room. Her favorite color is purple and the carpet is purple. She’s gonna love it.
Both rooms have a closet that is actually the windows you see from the outside. There is a fire escape ladder in each.
It was hard to get a photo when facing the sun so here is one taken from the side. I’m thinking those closets could be changed to seating areas just perfect for grand kids to sit while reading books. The closet at the top of the stairs is big enough it could be converted into two closets with openings on either side. One for each room.
Well that was the house tour for now. You got to see it as soon as I did. Moving is both exciting and scary at the same time. More than once I doubted and second guessed my decision to move. I had my real estate man give me pep talks when I had those doubts. I asked him to talk to me as if I was his mother making the decision. That worked great.
Its scary because only a few days ago I was completely debt free. Now I’m putting myself thousands of dollars in debt again and for a very long time. I hate debt. Debt scares me alot. I’m also afraid the household expenses may be really high and I can’t afford them. I’ll just have to be very conservative for awhile until I know how much those expenses will be. For certain there will be some energy upgrades ASAP. I’m hoping the quilting income will be enough to reassure me I can afford living there.
I’m also excited about moving. Moving means new stuff. Moving means new decorating and organizing ideas. Moving means freedom from neighborhood stress. Moving means I’ll no longer have to worry about drive by shootings and getting shot while setting inside the house minding my own business. No more living in the center of three gang territories. Moving means no more dealing with young kids who don’t receive any discipline. No more thump thump thumping cars, loud motorcycles, or arguing with neighbors about parking space. No more neighbors visiting just to see what I have and what they can “borrow” from me without returning it.
My furry kid and I will enjoy our yard without worry over big fighting or biting dogs sneaking up on us. The grand kids will have a yard to run around and play instead of being confined to just a front porch. I’ll have a house I won’t be ashamed of letting family visit and no more feeling like I live in a garage.
Oh my gosh, I just realize there won’t be meat eating ants or mice or rats in the new kitchen. I saw no evidence of either when I was there. The more I think about what I will have that I don’t have here, or vice versa, the more excited I get.