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Observations on a new house

I sit on the futon couch, the only place to sit other than a hard wooden outdoors chair on the porch, thinking about my new house.

First, I worry. I worry that I won't be able to manage it well, that I won't organize things well and keep things clean. I do intend to find a house cleaner to come in once a month, which I think will help keep me on track. And I figure I can work through organizational issues one at a time. I have never had a new house before. I have always "made do" one way or another. I'm really done with that.

I live in a modest mobile home park. Most of the homes here are the age of my old home. There are about a dozen that are newer, out of about 85. Several of the homes in the park are large, on double-wide lots, but most are approximately the size of my old home. Many people take better care of their homes than I do - than I did - but many are fighting an uphill battle that way. The older mobile homes were not built as well as the new ones and are much harder to maintain.

Thus I have discovered that my new house, which is truly modest by most American standards, is quite the thrill of the neighborhood. People drive by, stop, tell me how beautiful it looks and are anxious to see the inside. My next-door neighbor, the one who allowed us to store stuff on her property while we were gone, tells me that her floor leans, that her house has a lot of water damage, that her plumbing has issues. All of these things sound like what I dealt with in the old house. And she realistically cannot replace her home. She lives on a very small fixed income. Other neighbors have asked what it took to get the new one. Some simply congratulate me, and I sense that same tinge of near-envy. I have never had that happen before. I have never lived in a place that others could possibly envy. More often they pitied at best. Disapproved at worst.

Thus on top of my own worries about my ability to keep it up I have the additional baggage of being very visible to the neighbors. Perhaps it's a good thing.


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Jul. 16th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
congratulations on your new dwelling, judith! i'll bet the neighbors want to come in and see if it smells like corinthian leather, shades of ricardo montalbam (sp)!

Jul. 16th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It has that "new house" smell. Which, I believe, is chemical. Nothing leather-like about it. I'm covering it up with the smell of split pea soup, which is cooking in the crock pot.

I haven't found my baking pans yet. I am so anxious to use the oven! It's been so many years since I've had one.
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations and best wishes! The newer mobile homes are pretty darned nice--no wonder some of your well-wishers are perhaps a little wistful!

I'm sure it'll work out nicely, and that you'll enjoy having your own place--sometimes new is really better!

(When I visited a friend in Texas several years ago, her mobile home was roomier than my apartment--also, she had a spa in the master bath, and her son had his own room and bathroom as well. She had a deck built to it as well, but that was about a year after I'd visited. I imagine that it's really lovely, though).

Jul. 17th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I wasn't being modest when I said mine is "modest". It's about 1100 s.f. in area, no garage - but a carport. But in comparison to the 1974 single-wides in this park it's a version of heaven.

To anyone in a "real" home it isn't at all impressive. But to me...new is certainly better. No more malfunctioning toilets, slanted floors, water-damaged windows, doors that don't close, holes in the floor...it's like I won the lottery!
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful actually! You see, I live in a two bedroom apartment--it's nice enough, but I have so much stuff in the place (amazing how much room books take up--even with some bookcases), that 1100 s.f. sounds like my idea of a good time!

Anyway, I'm pretty excited for you--it does sound like you have a great place now!
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Oh yes, 1100 sf IS a good time! I have so much stuff that I am still not certain that it all will work in but I honestly think it might. What a great feeling. For so many years I have had to double- and triple-use every space. No such thing as a blank wall or empty shelf.
Jul. 18th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Awesome! *Homer-Simpson reverie*: ummmm...empty shelf...

I'm still shredding paper (at the office today, since there's a lull in the action this time of year), and, bit by bit, hauling stuff out to the dumpster.

*confounded* Still no empty space, dammit!

IKEA calls me!

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