What a Year it’s Been

by Tammy on July 1, 2018

Welcome to the first day of the second half of the year, and what a crazy year it has been so far. It’s hard to believe that on February 1st I was living in disbelief, knowing that my dream of moving back to a warm climate was going to come true. Interestingly, though, I never did allow myself to fully embrace it until we were actually on the road. The empty house, the moving truck full of our stuff, the sold sign in the yard, and the contract on our home in Gulf Shores were not enough to completely assure me that it was really going to happen. In fact, it wasn’t until we crossed into Missouri, almost an hour into our trip, that I felt like I could breathe a sigh of relief. Once our house in Bellevue closed, I felt like it was a done deal. Closing on our house in Gulf Shores was just icing on the cake, and getting out of the camper and into a house was double icing. And now, two months later, I finally feel at home. Yes, I do need to get some pictures taken, but between working full time, school, and normal life activities like grocery shopping, helping April with various tasks, and putting the finishing touches on the house, it seems like I have precious few moments to just relax. They are coming though–I promise.

So here are some of the fun things that have happened since we moved in. One of our very first days here, we had a huge storm roll in, which knocked out electricity out for a couple of hours. Luckily, it came back on before bedtime, and the stormed cooled things down outside, so it was very comfortable on the back porch. A day or two after that storm, our microwave stopped working. No big deal; we have the home warranty. The repairman came out and announced that he had to order in a part and would be back in about a week to repair it. We bought a $60 microwave to get us through. It worked, but it was not ideal because it was small and took up precious counter space. A week went by and the repairman came back to install the part, but it still wasn’t working. Now he had to order another part, which would take another week to arrive. Fast forward and said repairman comes out again to install the offending part, but lo and behold, still nothing. By this time the warranty company had put $800 into a microwave that appeared to be unfixable, so they agreed to buy us a new $250 microwave. What’s annoying is that they tried to save money by fixing an old microwave, and it cost them probably close to $1200 by the time they bought us a new one and had someone come out to install it, and it was an inconvenience to us for three weeks. But it is fixed now, and the first thing we did was invest in a whole house surge protector. We suspect that all the storm-caused surges probably fried something, although it is possible that it just died from old age. I guess we shall never know for sure. We had a power surge yesterday during the storm that moved through (which prevented me from washing my car as I was just getting ready to pull it out of the garage) and I was thankful for the peace of mind knowing that our appliances are a lot safer than they were before we added that protection.

The day before the microwave repairman was scheduled to come for the second part repair, I came home from work to find that the house felt stuffy. I mentioned it to Dan and he said he’d noticed that it felt kind of warm, but he didn’t bother to get up and look at the thermostat, which I noticed was dead. Great! Now I had to call the home warranty people AGAIN. Before 8:00 the next morning, the A/C repair guy was on his way to our house, and it turned out to be an easy fix. Our drainage hose was clogged up. Apparently there is a default on the thermostat that shuts things down so the water doesn’t flood the house. That repair didn’t even require our $100 deductible; it only cost $65, and we were not inconvenienced for more than a night.

At the moment everything seems to be working well. I bought new door handles and deadbolts for all of our doors and Dan installed them yesterday. He thought they were a waste of money, but I feel better knowing that we are the only people who have keys to our house now. I still need to change the garage door access, but at least I can lock the door and no one can access the house. Normally I wouldn’t be so paranoid, but the woman who lived her before us must have had a large family, and we only got three keys. I still get mail for a bunch of people who have different last names than she has.

Today my plan is to hang my new valances in my kitchen/living room, wash my car, write my last paper for school, and do some cleaning. I might get ambitious and go to the grocery store, but honestly I think I’d rather do it tomorrow or Tuesday after work. I have not decided what we will eat on the 4th of July yet, so I need to make a menu. I am having a tough time wanting to get back to eating vegan, and it makes me really sad. It really is amazing how addictive junk food is, and how difficult it is to give it up once you get a taste of it. I ate my brussels sprouts for breakfast this morning and they did not taste nearly as good as they did a few months ago. I need to find that discipline I had and I probably need to start walking again, too. We don’t have much of a neighborhood though. We could walk for miles in our old neighborhood, but this one affords us about a mile if we walk the entire thing. We’d have to do at least two or three laps, which would be okay I guess. At least there are lots of palm trees and crepe myrtles to look at.

Well, this is getting long and I need to get busy. I hope you all have a very blessed Independence Day and I will write again soon. Hopefully my next post will include pictures. :-)

Susan July 2, 2018 at 2:15 am

Hi Tammy, so glad you are getting settled. We never changed the locks here. Just a couple with a baby lived here. We are in an older neighborhood and some people take care of their yards and others don’t. It is one of the things that makes me sad. Our old neighborhood was in a more up scale area and almost everyone took care of their homes. But most people had small yards. Oh well. I could never do Vegan but maybe you can compromise. What does Dan say? Have a great week! Hus

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