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The Lived In Look

Posted by Scott Holstad on March 21, 2014

Well, we’ve been living in our new house for exactly one month today and things are coming together. We’ve got just about all of the boxes unpacked, which is good, and most things have been put away. We still haven’t hung any pictures yet, though, but that’s the norm for me. It takes me awhile to hang pictures, mostly cause I hate putting holes in nice walls. So we have them stacked and lying about the house. I guess we’ll have to do it sometime.

We started out by meeting the neighbors across the street, who seem nice, and the neighbors on one side, who are nice, but we haven’t met anyone else yet. Gretchen has exchanged waves with the neighbor on the other side of us, but they haven’t come to greet us, so that’s that. I guess we’ll have to go introduce ourselves to them. Where I came from growing up, when someone moved into the neighborhood, you went and introduced yourself. I don’t like it when people don’t do that. In our last neighborhood, no one ever came by. I guess times have changed.

We’re really, really enjoying how quiet it is here and how peaceful it is. It’s also very private, particularly out back. That’s nice. We have a deck and a patio and when weather permits, we try to use both. The weather hasn’t been that great here though, although yesterday was nice. It’s also safe here, which has been important to us. People actually leave their garages open during the day! I would never do that! Everything’d get stolen from it in areas I’ve lived before. It’s a very nice change.

We’re almost done with contractors! I’ve got one here right now working on the screen door to the deck. Some more work needs to be done on the deck, and the floors squeak a bit too much, so we’d like to have that looked into, but otherwise most things have been taken care of. And let me tell you — it’s cost a pretty penny! Contractors aren’t cheap.

I’m going to post some requested photos of the place as it currently is (even messed up a little bit). It’s the “lived in” look. I hope you enjoy.

Our entryway

Our entryway

The entry leading into the living room

The entry leading into the living room

Living room. We're going to get more chairs.

Living room. We’re going to get more chairs.

Looking into the dining room

Looking into the dining room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Guest bedroom

Guest bedroom

Hall bathroom

Hall bathroom

The library

The library

Another view of the library

Another view of the library

Yet another view of the library

Yet another view of the library

The den

The den

Another view of the den

Another view of the den

Another den shot

Another den shot

Office

Office

Another view of the office

Another view of the office

Garage

Garage

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We’ve Moved!

Posted by Scott Holstad on February 26, 2014

Well, we moved this past weekend. We’re very excited, but it’s been a lot of hard work and will continue to be as we continue to unpack and get electricians and plumbers and the like in here to do some work. We sure miss Toby and wonder how he would like the new house. Henry seems to be adapting finally, although the first two or three days, he seemed kind of freaked out. He’s followed us both around relentlessly, not letting us from his sight. He’s always been kind of independent, so we think it’s a sign that this has been traumatic for him, in addition to Toby being gone.

We packed most things, but had packers in the day before the move to pack fragile items and pictures. One was sick or something and was coughing and hacking without covering his mouth. It was gross. However, the moving crew was pretty good and the whole thing only took eight hours. Let me tell you, we were exhausted that day though. You’d have thought we’d moved our own stuff! We were also exhausted all weekend as we unpacked tons of stuff. I’m going to post pics of what our house looks like now, partially unpacked. Hopefully, when everything’s done, I’ll post finished pics.

We’ve already met some neighbors, which is more than we can say about our last house and neighborhood. We’re very pleased with this neighborhood. We live on a cul-de-sac. It’s not a through street and it’s very quiet. Of course, we have virtually no one behind us, so it’s private too. And SAFE!!! Gretchen feels like she can go out walking out night without her pepper spray or packing. (We had our home alarm/security company come and install a system here anyway.) People are friendly, it’s quiet, it’s safe — it’s everything we wanted in a neighborhood. Let’s hope it stays this way.

We got a good deal on this house. We knew it at the time, but since we bought it, two houses nearby have gone on the market for 65K and 80K more than what this one was listed for! Wow. We got a good deal. We’ve had to have a little work done, but nothing overly major, although our handyman is essentially recommending a new deck, which I’m not thrilled about or convinced is necessary. I’m hoping a friend who knows decks can come over and either confirm what this guy is telling me, or tell me otherwise.

I guess that’s it for now. Time for some pics. The first one is of our flag we put out when we moved in. It was a windy day. The others are of rooms in various states of unpacking.

Our flag flying in front of our new home!

Our flag flying in front of our new home!

Entrance. Messy!

Entrance. Messy!

Living room

Living room

Dining room

Dining room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

The hallway

The hallway

Guest bedroom

Guest bedroom

Lots of boxes of books to unpack in the library

Lots of boxes of books to unpack in the library

Four bookshelves in the library. Hoping to add two more.

Four bookshelves in the library. Hoping to add two more.

My shoes!

My shoes!

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bedroom -- other view

Master bedroom — other view

Den

Den

Den -- other side

Den — other side

The office

The office

Our new gas grill

Our new gas grill

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An Update

Posted by Scott Holstad on August 25, 2013

So after our break in of two weeks ago, we now have a home security system in place. We signed with ADS Security, a regional home security company with a good reputation and we now have an alarm system in place on all four doors, as well as interior motion sensors. We also have signs in our yard. We feel a lot safer now. Yeah, you can have all kinds of weapons in your house and plans for robberies when you’re there, but those don’t do any good when you’re not around. The break ins in this neighborhood have been happening between 10 AM and noon on weekdays when people aren’t around. Ours was on a Tuesday in broad daylight! How brazen. ADS responds in 45 seconds or less, so we feel like this security system is a good investment and we feel a lot safer now.

Meanwhile, we’re still trying to get used to Dad’s death three and a half weeks ago. It still feels so unreal. I can’t believe he’s no longer around. And I can’t get the image of him on the ground gasping and moaning as he died out of my mind, and of my mouth to mouth as he was obviously dead by then. I feel helpless and guilty. I feel a great sense of loss. And my mom is trying to do her best, but she’s been overwhelmed and is a little OCD about many things. I’m trying to be patient with her.

Mom had a DVD made of Dad’s funeral service and we got a copy. We watched it a few days ago. It seemed surreal. I’m glad we have it, but it’s a little weird too.

We got the items that were stolen replaced, and my external backup worked for my computer, so I’m happy about that. There was only one software program I had to buy again, as it didn’t transfer over. That’s okay.

I had a lot of poetry submissions to Ray’s Road Review to go through. They had really piled up. I accepted poems from two people and rejected many from quite a few people.

Yesterday we went to a seminar given on the Affordable Care Act to educate people about the details. It was pretty informative. Since neither of us has employer given insurance, we’re hoping this will really help us out come January.

Mom sold Dad’s car. That was kind of sad. Next up, it’s time to sell his fishing boat. I have no idea how to find out basic information on it and how to determine what to ask for it. I need help with this. Mom’s going to be donating Dad’s books to the library of their home church in Knoxville and I guess she’ll be giving his clothes to Goodwill. She’s going to get rid of his tools, although I think I’ll take a number of them myself. Mom’s freaking out about finances, because she’s never had to worry about this before, but I’m trying to remind her that Dad left her in good shape. She doesn’t seem to get it sometimes.

We didn’t go to church today. Gretchen went biking and I want to cut the grass, but it poured last night and I think the grass is too wet to cut. I think we’ve had one day all summer long without rain. It’s been crazy! You’d think we live in Seattle or London. I’ve never seen a summer like this. I can’t wait for fall. At least football’s here. That’s something. I do think, however, that my Steelers are going to suck this year, and I have no idea how UT is going to do with their new coach.

I guess that’s all for now. Just wanted to give an update. More book reviews to come later this week. Cheers!

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