Tuesday, January 19, 2021

House Hunting Update

Hello, dear friends.  Did you have a good weekend?  Ours was quiet, and we managed to attend a few Open Houses.  Several readers have asked me to talk more about our house hunting, so here is the rundown.

York House

We visited one house for the second time.  The Mister is enamored with it, but I am just so-so on it.  It's in a small, charming gated community.  The neighborhood is the perfect backdrop for empty nester living. The reason the Mister likes it, even though he won't admit it, is because the study is gorgeous.  The above photo is not the house's actual one, but it is along the same lines.

There are two reasons that I am not as enthralled with the house.  It has a small 1980's style kitchen with a minuscule area for a kitchen table.  There is not enough room to enlarge it. Do you remember my butler's pantry?  I need a place to house all of my precious Marshall's treasures. You would think that the Mister would care more about the kitchen since he loves to cook, but he is so in love with that study, he can't see straight.  

A couple of other things about the house... The exterior offers loads of curb appeal.  There is a spacious master on the first floor, which I like.  The master bath needs new wallpaper and fixtures.  Itis a good size and includes a vanity.

The house has been on the market for quite a while.  Besides the small kitchen, another reason that I feel that the house has not been sold in this hot market is that it is over-priced.  The owner has reduced the price once, but not enough to be competitive.

Last but not least, there is no screened porch.  

The Mister said that we could add one. 

After he renovates the garage.

The second Open House that we attended was in another gated community.  It had a lovely study and a beautiful open kitchen with upgraded cabinetry and a generous area for a kitchen table.  

The backside of the home is practically all windows showcasing golf course views.  The first-floor master bedroom is large and also includes a sitting area.

Architectural Designs

There are a couple of things that I didn't like.  
The staircase needs updating, and it is also very steep. 

I asked the Mister to carry me down. 
Sadly, he declined.

The patio area is close to nonexistent and backs up to the neighbor's pool. 


While the neighbor's are having a fun pool party, we would be hanging on our patch of grass having our own fun.

The last house that has caught our eye is in the burbs and also has great curb appeal.  We looked at it about six weeks ago, and then it went under contract.  It has since come back on the market.  So now we're wondering what happened.  Was it the house, or was it the buyers?

The house features a fabulous layout and is the perfect size for us.  The kitchen has painted cabinets, which may be a turn-off to some buyers but not to me. I really like them.  The above picture is not the kitchen. The master bedroom and bath are large and do not need any major renovation except some plantation shutters.

Now let me tell you what is holding us back from making an offer.  Almost every inch of the home, including most ceilings, features a textured skip trowel with glazed finishes. I don't care for the look.  So we need to have all the walls sanded for paint and wallpaper.  We haven't talked to a painter about how extensive this procedure will be.

Has anyone had any experience with this?
I would love to hear your thoughts.

I know that we will not get every feature that we want in a house.
The Mister will just have to learn to compromise.

Here's my question for you...
What feature did you have to overlook when you bought your house?
Did you get used to it, or did you renovate?
Until next time...

Allow me to introduce you to my sweet reader, Ginger, and her darling furbaby, McTavish.

McTavish is the newest member to our family!  Her mother is a Corgi, and her father is a small Bernedoodle. We decided that since we were both working at home during COVID that it would be a great time to have a new pup to keep our Bernese company.  He lost his buddy to cancer last summer and has been very lonely.  Well, now he's not!  This little gal has filled that emptiness in our hearts.  She's 90% sweetheart and 10% Tasmanian Devil.  This is her at 8 weeks.

McTavish is definitely the boss!  Our Bernese, Captain Jack, weighs 110 lbs, and we've now started calling him St. Jack because of all the abuse he puts up with.  She uses him as a vault and pulls him around by the collar, and of course, herds him since that's what Corgi's do.

We have a nickname for her, and it's Noodle.  
Mostly we call her Tavish, but she probably thinks her name is NO!  

If you have a cute dog, email me a picture with a short bio, and I would be honored to include your little furbaby on my blog.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

New House Checklist


Hello, dear friends.  TGIF!  I'm guessing that it's Friday.  I really haven't known what day of the week it is since March.  

Funny things happen when you live in an apartment complex. For instance, I met a very nice woman who was helping her daughter move into an apartment.  We chatted a bit, and she shared that her daughter worked nights as an ICU nurse.  I'm thinking that she is a good contact for us to have, especially these days. She asked about us, and I told her that my old man the Mister retired and we were in the process of looking for a house.

All of a sudden, she gave me the biggest smile and said she had a great idea.  She then asked me if I wanted to earn some extra money under the table.

What kind of floozy does she take me for?

The lady then explained that her daughter is looking for someone to walk her dog while she is at work.

At 2am???

I politely told her that I couldn't, my beauty sleep is of the utmost importance. 

But then I told her that my husband was due back any minute and she could ask him.

The Mister walked in ten minutes later loaded down with grocery bags, face flushed, and in a huff.  
He said, you're not going to believe what some lady just asked me.

I received several notes from readers asking me to talk about our house hunting adventures.  By the way, I love it when readers give me content ideas, so keep them coming.  

Today, I thought that I would share my top 5 things with you that I am looking for in a house.  

I will also tell you what is on the Mister's list.  

My favorite room in our Massachusetts house was the sunroom.  It would be cozy in the winter as well as cool in the Summer.  I loved to open all the windows - it was like having a porch.

This was the room that we would enjoy our daily happy hours.  It was also a great place to read because it had plenty of natural light.

Southern Living

The number one thing that I am looking for in a home is a screened-in porch.  I told the Mister that I didn't move to Texas to stay indoors 12 months a year.

Southern Living

The Mister agreed and said that we can always add one if we found our perfect house.
Promises, promises.

Southern Living

So in an effort to aid the Mister in visualizing the porch, I pinned these pics.


I haven't spent this much time on Pinterest in years.


A fireplace would be a bonus.



I'm a sucker for a brick floor.


And those doors and swing!


Southern Living

Southern Living

Do you have a screened-in porch?
Do you get a lot of use out of it?
Any advice?

Until next time...

My friend, Pamela, from the delightful blog, The Lady of the House Speakingsent me a note with this darling photo of Spectra, who has the most expressive, beautiful face.

Do grand-dogs count?  This is my daughter's dog, Spectra, a rescue from Mexico who came up to be adopted in western Washington and is probably not that crazy about our cold, rainy weather because she takes every opportunity to burrow under a blanket, especially one that is on your lap!

Her foster family said she was a lab-chihuahua mix (can you imagine?), although I'm sure she has some Australian cattle dog (those ears!), and she will be five years old in July.  She's the most lovable, wiggly pet who loves long walks, water, and playing with her faux cousin, Missy, my daughter's friend's dog, whenever they can get together.  She came into our lives a few months after we lost our dog, MudLynn, of almost thirteen years and has done an amazing job of healing our hearts.

As you can see from the photo, she looks adorable in her Christmas pajamas!

 If you have a cute dog, email me a picture with a short bio, and I would be honored to include your little furbaby on my blog.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Something Old & Something New

Hello, dear friends.  
Happy Hump Day!  
I hope that you are having a good week.  

We've had some seriously chilly days here in Dallas.  I don't mind, though, because it makes me move faster on my walk. 

There is no news on the house hunt. 
As the Mister assures me, the right one will come along.
The fun part is agreeing on the same one.

Today, I am linking with my friend Joyce over at From This Side of the Pond for this week's Hodgepodge.

 1. When were you last a guest at an event or in someone's home? Tell us about it. 

A couple of nights before we hopped into the car and headed for Texas, our dear friends and next-door neighbors, Kathy and Jim, asked had us over for champagne to wish us luck.  It was a chilly October night, and we sat on their deck appropriately six feet away.  It is one of my warmest memories of our Massachusetts days.

Do you enjoy having guests in your own home? 

We love to entertain at home.
The last time that we had friends over was in June, and we had Annie and Bob.
Another night full of wonderful memories.

2. What has you 'tied up in knots' currently or recently?

Every time I watch the News, I get a stomach ache.
I cannot wait until Covid is a distant memory.

Are you any good at tying actual knots? 

I can tie a knot... on my sneaks.

The thing I can't do is untie knots.
This is what the bottom of my jewelry box looks like.

3. What's something you've been wanting to do and have decided 2021 will be the year you 'take the plunge'? 

All we need is the right house that the Mister and I can agree on to take the plunge.
If we don't get moving, we'll be looking at rest homes.

4. Something in your home that's old? 

This is my Grandmother's desk that has been moved nine times.
Presently, it is in storage, and it is over 100 years old.
The subject in the portrait is a little long in the tooth, as well.

Something new? 

This is a Christmas gift from the Mister.

Something borrowed? 

I borrowed this from my daughter/neighbor.
I just realized I never gave it back.

Something blue? 

Another present from the Mister.
I better get a new kitchen soon.

5. Share a favorite quote, a verse of scripture, and/or a bit of wisdom for couples getting married in this challenging and seemingly unpredictable season we're currently/still experiencing. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

One of my favorite shows is back!
We watched the first episode last night, and it hasn't lost its charm.

Until next time...

This is Tina, one of my loyal readers, and her beautiful family.
They live in Michigan and adore their furbaby, Clementine. 

Meet Clementine, our Daisy Dog!  The Daisy dog breed is specific to a breeder housed in MI, of which nobody knows what they are made up of.  They are sweet dogs who enjoy people more so than being around other dogs.  We love our Clementine and typically dress her to match our love for Lilly P!  She also was featured in Golf Digest as a lover of Golf!  

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