a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, April 9, 2015

House

A/Z the irony of life as it pertains to me
 
H - House

First of all, let me begin this post saying how grateful I am to have a house to live in and that I am not homeless.  I am very thankful I have a roof over my head and am warm and dry in it.  (Side note, if you want to check out a blog participating in the challenge that helps the homeless in the Ohio area, click here).

Now in saying that, the house we are currently renting is not in my top five houses I've lived in.  

I like the kitchen.  It gets the morning sun and I love the brightness of it.



This is where we spend the majority of our time; its right off the kitchen.  Come back for J in a few days and you'll see my work area. 


This I guess would be the living room.  We just have a chair in there and a table on the other side.  We probably won't be buying furniture to go into the room (keep reading).



This room is connected with the other room above.  I guess it could be the dining room.  As you can see, we haven't unpacked completely and we won't be (keep reading).



We rented the house because it took pets. It really is too big for the two of us (1900 square feet, 2 bedrooms, you'll see one of the bedrooms for the letter M).  
Not many houses when we were looking for a rental took pets or took service animals only.  At the time, we still had Koda.  We signed the lease, paid the pet deposit, and a week later we were saying goodbye to him.  However, we had already signed the lease so we obviously moved in (did get back our pet deposit).

So guess what??? Yep, you are right.  We'll be moving at the end of our lease in December.  We'll have more options available to us if we decide not to get another pet (which we are still leaning towards not at this point).

Come back for R and it will also include some of the other reasons we'll be moving at the end our lease.

What about you? Is where you live the right size for you? Too small, too big, or just perfect?

62 comments:

Changing Times said...

Beautiful house I must say. The house where we are living in currently is just perfect for me and my husband and it is nearer to everything we want. Thanks for sharing :)

Naqvee said...

A kitchen with all the new morning rays is so inviting!God's is so good! My house, is quite enough for a couple, that is, one living room, one bed room. The house is North-East facing with South-West windows, so ample sunlight throughout the day. We are keeping less furniture as I don't like every corner stuffed with some thing or the other. And we have a patio and a flower bed. Across the street I see a park where children keep playing throughout the day! It is an everyday joy to live under God's grace.

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TARYTERRE said...

It looks like a nice house. but if you do not feel it is the right one, then it probably isn't. A house has to feel like home. I am ready to downsize but my husband refuses.

Eileen T said...

My kitchen gets the morning sun and the dining end gets the evening sun, so I have the best of both worlds.

My home is just the right size for me. It's quite small compared to the houses I've lived in with my late partner, but it's big enough for me to be comfortable but still have enough of a feeling of space so that I don't feel cramped. And it had just the right size small garden that I can manage on my own.

Jacquelineand.... said...

The house is the right size for us, considering we have four dogs and a cat, and need the space! The yard, however... it's a good-sized lot, but to have a garden space plus room for the dogs to run, we needed a bit more space.

Anabel Marsh said...

I clocked up 17 different addresses from 1957-1993 when we moved to our present house which I just love and can't imagine living anywhere else. The size is right, the location is right - perfect! I hope you find somewhere perfect for you too.
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Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

It's such a shame you lost Koda so soon after moving. I wish you luck with finding a new place when your lease is up.
Tasha
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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

You're all packed and ready to go! And I hope you find exactly what you want next time around. We are planning to downsize. Our home is too big for us and I like cozier spaces. I am looking forward to finding that perfect place.

Bijoux said...

That looks like a nice place, Betty. We love our house. It has a lot of storage, which we need since we have all our daughter's wedding gifts and most of her belongings still (their apt is tiny).

Linda said...

Nice house, I like brightness, too. Also thankful for shelter, think we're just the right size. I would be claustrophobic in a 160-sq ft tiny houses I read about recently.

You've got plenty of time to search for your ideal place.

Stephanie Faris said...

I love that you're posting these because we're preparing to move at the end of this month. We're going from a 790 square foot house to a 2300 square foot house--so we'll be furniture poor for a little while! There may be entire rooms without furniture (good place to store boxes, I guess!).

lyndagrace said...

I like our house. It is the right size for the two of us. I wish we were a little closer to the grandkids though.
Good luck. I know you will find a place that will feel just right.

Wendy said...

The truth is, our house is too big now that the girls have married and moved into their own homes. But it's nice when they came back to visit and when we entertain at Christmas. I also like having room for my genealogy obsession. I doubt we'll ever move.
~Visiting from AtoZ

jack69 said...

I Like your home, I want everyone to like their home, we have lived in only one home we did not like, it was in Biloxi, Mississippi. Bugs were bad in Biloxi in the 1960's. We bought a small trailer. Loved it. Today we live in a 38' motor home. The perfect size for us, even with company.
This is our choice we own several nice homes, The rent supports us along with our retirement, Yes, we are in the right size for two old folks. LOL
Love your entry. I know you do miss Koda!

joeh said...

As I have aged, I no longer am impressed by big fancy houses. Our little town house is just fine.

Maria Zannini said...

It's so nice to see how other people live.

I LOVE my house but it is way too big. Almost 4000 sq feet. We bought it because it was a too good a deal to pass up.

Great for company though. I have room for lots of overnight guests.

Intense Guy said...

My house was too big for "just me" but now that my brother and I have moved our business into it - it's just right.

Fate really played its hand in your move, such a twist... if you don't unpack, will this still count as a move for you? :)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love my kitchen because it gets the sun. My house is too big for just me, but then what would I do with all my stuff if I moved. My house is paid for and I couldn't buy a new place with the money I'd get from the sale of this one, so here I stay. Over 20 years here now it does seem like home, but it wasn't always that way. Hope you find the right place to move to and that it will seem like home for you.

Pat Hatt said...

haha at least you'll be mostly packed and ready to go come December. Mine is okay, but a bit small. Can only afford what one can afford though

Cherdo said...

Hey, that looks perfect to me! Love the view.

Great blog, by the way! Glad to see you on the A-to-Z!

Cherdo
www.cherdoontheflipside.com

Lynn Proctor said...

We have been in the same house for about thirty years-only way I think I would wanna move is if I could get all new stuff and keep this house too haha-hope you will love the next house!!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Congratulations on your new home! It's very cute. :)

Elizabeth Mueller
AtoZ 2015
My Little Pony

Mildred said...

We downsized last year in April and we had the builder to handicap this home and to install vinyl flooring throughout due to our late doggie - she had lost control of bladder. We see now that we could have downsized even more, but we HOPE we never have to move again. As I get older, it is harder to pack/move.

I did think of you and your blog when I was at Dahlonega Park yesterday with those pretty benches!

Chrys Fey said...

The one problem I had when I was looking for a house to move out of my apartment is a place that accepted cats.

susie said...

1400 sq. ft. for three peeps. It's fine.

You seem to be a minimalist. I used to be that way, but stuff is invading! I'm not close to being a hoarder, though.

I like that cactus (?) lamp and the red on the mantel.

Stephen Tremp said...

The joys of moving and unpacking boxes and such. We may be doing something similar this spring.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love the area I live in. We see so much wildlife. But our house has become much too large for us. We've raised 4 children here but now the acreage and the 6 bedroom house and pool is more than I want to take care of. It's almost a full time job in the summer. We're looking to downsize next year sometime.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I like how your kitchen gets so much sun. I love bright and sunny rooms.

It makes sense not to go to the trouble of unpacking and re-packing if you know you're not staying there.

Our house is 940 square feet, which a lot of people say is too small, or at least bordering on too small, but I think it's perfect for us. We know we're not ever having children, and for two people it's plenty of room. I think it was designed well, too. These doesn't seem to be any wasted space.

Suzanne Sapsed said...

When I was young we moved so many times, new homes, new schools, new friends. I was determined not to put my own family through that. So in 25 years we've only moved twice! The second move was 19 years ago, we made sure the home was perfect for us and the kids. Unless anything goes wrong we'll be here until we retire :) x

Sharon Marie Himsl said...

It's hard being in flux. Hope the next move goes well and you find a better fit. I do like the kitchen though with all that light :)
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jaybird said...

Sorry about the loss of your pet. I hope you decide to get another. So many are "homeless" and need a great place to stay. Maybe you could provide that place.

I love your kitchen. It's bright and sunny and clean. The kitchen is where I spend the majority of my time, as well as everyone else who comes to visit. Even all the kids and their friends like to hang in the kitchen with me. Guess I should consider myself flattered, since they are teenagers :)

Sandy said...

Having light in the kitchen is so key to me. You do spend a great deal of time there, typically more then any other room. Right you are having pets limits housing options, so hopefully you'll find more what you're looking for next time round. The time will go by faster then you know, so I would be like you and not unpack what you don't need. Sorry for your loss, I know pets can be a big part of family for some folks. Personally, I love being pet free and therefore without limitations about how long we might be away from home etc. Many thanks for the link to Bridge and Beyond, much appreciatd it Sandy at Bridge and Beyond

Keith's ramblings said...

I get the sun in the wrong rooms at the wrong time! Can't complain though. I love being tucked inside my little loft with its lovely view of the sea.

Birgit said...

I knew you were not "feeling" the house. Maybe it is because it was to be for the 3 of you or maybe there are all these rules but, regardless, I know the place you will get, will be more to your liking. I can't help but hope you do get another doggie:) So many need loving homes(is that helping:)) Ok I shall stop that because you have to feel right about everything. We own a duplex, well converted to one. My mom lived in the upstairs apartment but not that she is in long term care we don't use the upstairs much except my craft room is there and we have hope and dreams about what to do upstairs. We shall see. I dread when I have to downsize

John Holton said...

I love my home, though it is a little too big and on multiple levels. I'm slightly handicapped and it's getting harder and more exhausting to drag myself up and lower myself down the stairs. But I don't foresee us moving from here anytime soon.

Kern Windwraith said...

A house just has to feel right, doesn't it? I'm so sorry you lost Koda--it's so hard to say goodbye to our four-legged friends. And losing him when you did must have made it even harder to settle into the new space.

I share a house with my sister, and now that our kids have grown and moved, we're finding the space too large. The idea of sorting through decades worth of accumulated stuff in order to move is pretty daunting though!

EcoCatLady said...

Pets are one of the main reasons I decided to buy a house instead of keep renting. Being a pet mom comes with so many "issues" that throwing a landlord into the mix was just a hassle I no longer wanted to deal with. So I bought my little 899 square foot house - how do you come up with such an odd number, I wonder... but that's how it's technically listed. Of course, this doesn't include the basement.

Anyhow, as much as I love my kitties, I can totally relate to the desire to be pet-free, at least for a while. Having been in kitty crisis mode of one sort or another for pretty much the past 6 years, I'm sorta hoping the cat fairy chooses a different doorstep next time she has homeless babies to deposit. I hope the cat gods don't strike me down for that one!

Nick Wilford said...

It looks nice but you know whether it feels right. I suppose with renting the decision to move is much easier. We are looking to move out of the house we've been in just over a year. We rushed into it after our son died but the location isn't great for schools and the neighbours... don't get me started (but has to do with the dogs). Anyway. I digress. Hope you find the right place!

Jerralea said...

Our house is a tad too small but since we have done all the work remodeling after our flood, we will probably just stay.

Yet, one never knows what life will bring ...

I love all the sunlight in your rooms!

Jo said...

We live in an apartment and the only complaint is the smallness of the kitchen. We cannot both work in it at the same time. Otherwise it is great for the two of us, three beds, but one is my office cum computer room, cum library.

Paula Kaye said...

Two moves in such a short period of time would send me into a tailspin. But I'll be looking forward to the rest of your entries on this challenge

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I love your house, Betty! I especially love your sunny kitchen and beautiful hardwood floors!

J E Oneil said...

I like where I live and can't imagine living anywhere else. But I'd never be able to live without my pets.

I hope you find a happy home :)

Susan Kane said...

We have lived in this house for 26 years, and do not need the space. So we are doing the things to get ready for a move. sigh.

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

yaya said...

When we bought our home it was perfect for us. We still had one kiddo at home and it gave us extra rooms for our other grown kids to come and visit. We've hosted many holidays here and it's good for that too. However, time has marched on and the 6acres are getting a bit much to handle. Jack still thinks it's good but I'm leaning toward selling one of these days. We have one son who is staying with us because of a divorce but soon will be in his own place. Time will tell! I think your place is really nice and I'm sorry you'll have to make another move. Hopefully you'll find that perfect fit for you guys!

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I think we have the same couch as you do.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Liz A. said...

It's a long time until December. You should at least get a little comfortable until then. Maybe the place will grow on you?

IntrepidReader said...

I love the picture on your blog. It looks like a wonderful place to sit and think. I would say I am living in the right size place for me. A small one bedroom apartment. I would like more storage and a better view, but I am pretty happy here. I had a two bedroom apartment before, but that ended up being an excuse for me to collect more junk.

Mevely317 said...

I love your floor tile ... and the juxtaposition of the tile and wood!

Personally, I've never really loved our current house. Suppose I was so weary of looking, I went ahead and signed on the dotted line to be over and done with it. Ours is an 1808 sq. ft. arrangement that I still consider 'big.' My 'perfect' home is a condo or townhouse with little square feet. Having grown up in tiny (really) government housing, I suspect there's something to that saying about going back to one's roots.

Clarabelle Rant said...

We bought our current house almost 3 years ago. We already had our 2 kids and 2 dogs, so we chose the house knowing what we wanted. So far we're really happy!

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Rhonda Albom said...

Our house is big also. It had everything we could have wanted including the price, but it was big. Now we have grown into it, so it fits like a glove.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Enjoyed seeing the house. I love our home, it's one of the favorites I have lived in but I feel it is too big now but since we have the city lights view I will miss this home. We will move in a few years to something smaller and most likely out of Southern California.

salemslot9 said...

I'm grateful to
have a decent
place to live
but, I'd rather
live on a
bigger piece of land
where the neighbors
aren't so close

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

I like your house. I guess you'll have time to get the perfect place since you have many months to make the decision. Ole Boy and I live in a three bedroom house, and we have way-yonder too much stuff. If we'd get rid of half of what we hoard, we'd be better off.

Funny in My Mind said...

agree with you that 1900 is a big house for 2. Our first house was 1700 sq. feet and just right when the boys were little. I wanted a basement and dining room and more bathrooms and we bought our current house which is 4000 sq. feet and for years it was perfect. Then the boys moved out and I had 4 bathrooms and all of these rooms to maintain and I wanted to move. We love the yard too much and we have an acre and a half and 4 dogs so we probably won't be going anywhere soon. The boys are both back home now and the space is used again but I still do most of the inside work. Maybe I need a housekeeper.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I live in a little bitty old house - 1126 SF. My boyfriend is there about half the time and it feels plenty big for the two of us.

Ellie said...

I think your place is cute! I like our house a lot, it is the perfect size for us, as we get visitors from Ontario quite often, so I have some space to keep them. It is not too big and not too small.

Veronica Lee said...

Our mere 1208 sq ft condo is getting a little too cramped for the 4 of us but it won't be long before my boys move out. I love where we live and hope to continue staying here for as long as we can afford the maintenance fee.

Veronica Lee said...

Our mere 1208 sq ft condo is getting a little too cramped for the 4 of us but it won't be long before my boys move out. I love where we live and hope to continue staying here for as long as we can afford the maintenance fee.

Veronica Lee said...

Our mere 1208 sq ft condo is getting a little too cramped for the 4 of us but it won't be long before my boys move out. I love where we live and hope to continue staying here for as long as we can afford the maintenance fee.

Sunni said...

Oh my! I can't believe 1900 sq ft is too big! I guess I can't have enough room, which is probably due to the conditions I grew up in. I live in a 3333 sq ft house and I love it, but my husband says it's too big so we're moving too as soon as we sell it.

We'll be leaving the desert too and probably going to a more humid climate. We'll see when the time comes.

I would have to have my cats. There's no way I can live without them in my life.

Good luck to you.
Sunni
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Linda said...

We live in the house we moved into in 1980 when we bought my inlaws farm. I would not recommend moving into your mother-in-laws house even if she isn't living there. Everyone will find a problem with what you do to it!

There are many changes I would still like to make. We did remodel and add on to the kitchen 20 years ago. My 60 year old bathroom needs updating. In 1950 the homes were built without or with extremely small closets.