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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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Busy!

Posted by Scott Holstad on February 10, 2014

Boy, I’ve been busy since I last wrote! Lessee….

We had the house closing. That went pretty well. The sellers were nice. It didn’t take too long. I immediately went to the house and had the locks changed, though, which is something I always do. I’ve made arrangements to have a handyman start working on some projects the inspector pointed out in his report, the alarm security company we have to come out and find out what they’ll need to do to install it in the new house, a garage door opener installer, who needs to install two new garage door openers, a roofer, an electrician, a tree man to cut down a tree that’s too close to the house. I’ve had to call the utilities, the insurance company, and I just made arrangements to have our Internet/cable installed the Monday after we move in. The cleaning agency is coming to our house next Monday to do a survey to see what it will take to clean it for showing when we put it on the market, and I’ve got a painter to paint the interior walls. Our current place is hardwood floors. The new place is carpeted. I prefer hardwood floors and we talked about getting some, but we just didn’t think we could afford it, so we’re not. We did order a new china hutch, since we have two sets of china and no place to put it, and two matching recliners for the den. They’ll all be delivered on Sunday. We also got a nice rug for the dining room. We don’t want to spill stuff there and ruin the carpet.

The handyman met me at the house today and started working in the garage on some projects, but it started snowing and sleeting and since the house is high up on a mountain, we left early, worried about getting snowed/iced in. We may try again tomorrow, but as it’s supposed to snow overnight, I doubt we’ll do it. I do want to get all of the projects out of the way before we move next Friday though. The handyman was able to get a couple of necessary things done in the garage before we left though, so that’s good.

Meanwhile, last weekend I went on a vestry retreat. It was at a convent in the Tennessee mountains and it was pretty good. This weekend, we went to Knoxville to attend the diocesian convention, which was also pretty good. Last night, however, we had a long vestry meeting and now I’m feeling churched out.

My Penguins are having a great year and I’m very excited. I’m thinking Stanley Cup. This has to be the year! Even with all of the injuries. Go Pens!

We’re packing now and it’s coming along. The movers are going to pack the kitchen and the pictures/paintings, so that will be helpful. However, while it’s easy to pack books, DVDs, and clothes, it’s the miscellaneous stuff that’s tough. Not sure how to handle that.

I’ve been reading a lot of books and writing book reviews, as you know. Most have been science fiction recently, but I’m reading a bio of Frank Sinatra — which is huge — and I hope to finish that in a bit and write a book review on that. I have other books lined up. We have a nice, big used bookstore here and we love to go there and find bargains.

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged much outside of writing reviews. I’ve been pretty busy. Plus I haven’t been overly motivated. Sorry. I have 266 followers here now, but only one of you leaves comments, so that confuses me. Still, I’m glad for the followers.

We’re going to miss our current house, but you may remember that it’s haunted, so we’re really not going to miss the ghosts. We hope the new house won’t be haunted, though we know at least two people died there. Hopefully their spirits will have departed. The new house looks great and we’re eager to move in already and be done with it, start the unpacking process, begin our new life.  It’s all very exciting. Cheers!

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New House!!!

Posted by Scott Holstad on January 18, 2014

We have a new house! We made an offer on a house on Wednesday. Yesterday, the sellers accepted our offer and we’re thrilled. Not only are we getting a great house for less than they wanted, but we’re getting a big grill, patio furniture, and more. Sweet! I can’t believe they accepted the original offer. I’ve never had that happen before.

The house is about the same size as our current house. It’s about 2100 square feet. It’s got four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. A roomy two car garage, which we’ve never had, ever and which I’m so excited about. A nice deck covering part of a nice patio. And it’s in a nice, quiet, safe and small neighborhood on a mountain, in the Big Ridge section of Hixson, a Chattanooga suburb.

We started looking last month mainly because of crime. And noise. But really crime. Our house was broken into and burglarized last year. Last month, there was a murder at our grocery store only a half mile from us. Over the past few months, there have been 52 crimes in our neighborhood. It’s a nice, middle class neighborhood that’s been invaded by thugs, and it sucks because we love our current house. It’s got a huge kitchen and the biggest den I’ve ever seen.

But the new house has a nice sized living room, a pretty dining room, a decent kitchen, the four bedrooms, one of which will be an office and another a library, a nice sized laundry room, and a large back area full of trees and woods making the house across a little valley seem very far away. In other words, very private. We like that.

We hope to close this month, believe it or not, and move perhaps the third week of February. We can’t move on a rainy day though, because while our current house has hardwood floors, the new one has carpets and we don’t want mud tracked through the house.

We’re very excited about this and my mom is possibly more excited than we are. It’s funny. I think she wants to live there. I’m going to try and post some pics. I always have trouble posting pics on WordPress, so I don’t know how they’ll turn out, but here they are:

The new house

The new house

Living room

Living room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Dining room

Dining room

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Den

Den

Roomy garage

Roomy garage

Garage from exterior

Garage from exterior

Private back yard

Private back yard

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A Rare Update

Posted by Scott Holstad on September 16, 2011

Hello.  I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last blogged.  I’m very sorry, for anyone out there who cares.  I’ve been both ill and insanely busy when able to be so, so I’ve neglected quite a few things.  I guess the biggest thing I’ve got going on is that my girlfriend, Gretchen, relocated here to Chattanooga last month from another state & we’ve been busy moving into a new house together.  We’re still unpacking, but it’s been one month & one day exactly now, & we’re thrilled & happy.  Very much so.

A little about the house.  My parents helped us luck into finding this house.  It’s in Chattanooga, near a convenient freeway, but not far away from a nice state park and other parks.  It’s in a largely quiet residential middle class neighborhood.  It’s a 2,053 square foot one level Ranch-style brick house with original hardwood floors from when it was built in 1960.  It’s light inside, so it’s cheery.  It’s a three bed, two bath house, with one of the bedrooms dedicated for our office.  The living and dining rooms are very bright and happy, and the kitchen is huge, with tons of cabinets and the longest kitchen island I’ve ever seen.  It’s got a monster-sized den with a fireplace and a lovely private back patio.  We don’t have much, and it’s somewhat underfurnished, but we’re quite happy here.  Our cats, Henry & Toby, also love it & feel quite at home here.  We’re now a nice little family unit in a cozy house enjoying life, and after the hellish existence of my past year, it’s a long time coming!

Meanwhile, my health continues to be a significant problem, but I do seem to be improving a bit in that area, so I’m hoping this will continue & that’s good news.  I’ve sadly neglected my Ray’s Road Review poetry editing duties for far too long, but am hoping to rectify that quite soon.  There’s a backlog of submissions I need to attend to, as well as getting back to some poets whose work I’ve been sitting on for far too long.  (Sorry about this, Chris!)  One thing I have been able to do lately is serve as a new board member on the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, Hamliton Country chapter’s Board of Directors.  This chapter has over 35,000 members and affiliates, so this is a wonderful opportunity to serve my alma mater, meet some great folks, and do some good things.  I’m serving a three year stint as a board member.  My Vols are off to a good start, while my Steelers are off to a horrible start, thanks to Gretchen’s Ravens.  Finally, my father, a cancer survivor, has recently been given some very worrisome bad health news, so please keep him in your thoughts.  Thanks very much, and have a wonderful weekend!

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