We're moving! After nearly two months of paperwork, we closed on a cozy little house on a quiet, dog-friendly street beside the river. Things may slow down here next month as we work on the new house and begin hauling things over from the apartment.
I'm planning to pack up the kitchen last and keep up cooking as long as possible. The new kitchen is smaller, but it comes with a neat little storage area called a butler's pantry:
I'll begin interviewing potential butlers as soon as we get settled.
Our first meals in the new house were Subway sandwiches and an assortment of chips, olives, edamame salad, and hummus. In an empty house, with no plates, silverware, or even chairs, you can dispense with table manners. While moving into a previous apartment, we used naan to scoop Indian take-out into our mouths, and when that ran out, we used our fingers. When you're lifting boxes and pushing paint rollers, concerns about balanced meals are similarly forgotten. In a house with no clocks, who's to say fritos aren't a fine mid-morning snack?
The new house needs a lot of work. There's an overgrown yard, a rotted deck, shoddy insulation, and an outdated roof. The previous owner was not shy about her love of pink, and it will take many, many hours of painting to make the house feel like our home instead of Barbie's vacation cottage.
But the old-fashioned formal living rooms, tin ceilings, boarded-over fireplaces, and odd nooks and crannies have so much potential, and the dogs finally have a yard. Here are some of my favorite quirky features:
Nautical light fixture in the laundry room. It reminds me of a sailor's tattoo. Definitely a keeper.
These old-fashioned faucets are apparently retro now. They're so dainty.
This left-behind garden frog looks wise, like some kind of protective house spirit/guardian angel. He can stay.
We met some neighbors on Saturday. One of my husband's coworkers lives up the street, and she dropped off this thoughtful basket of vegan Fig Newmans, sparklers, and a bottle of wine (with two plastic cups—a nice touch!):