Sunday, March 6, 2022

Sunday Stealing--From Kwizgiver


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1. How long have you lived in your current residence?

Since April 2013.  We rented this house for a few years, and then were given the opportunity to buy it.  We got it for well below market, and the owners paid all our closing costs.  They had a balloon payment coming, and wanted out.  Yay for us!  We love this house, and it needed love, as it had always been a rental, and not well-cared for by anybody until we moved in.  It is a perfect size (1785 sq ft) and perfect for a couple without kids.  Hubs and I each have an office, we have an enormous master suite, with my mini-pool (garden tub) and the place is loaded with storage.  2 walk-in closets in the master, closets in the offices, a big pantry, and lots of cabinet space, plus 2 linen closets.  Whoever designed this house did a good job, I think.

Our Happy Home

2. What changes have you made to it since you got there?

So many!  All new kitchen appliances (LG), tore out all the carpet and much of the previous tile and replaced with new, improved porcelain tile; replaced all the window treatments, repainted 90% of the interior, refinished and repainted all the doors and molding, new roof (yay, hailstorm!), refurbished and repainted garage door trim, new A/C compressor, new water heater, new kitchen sink faucet, xeriscaped the back yard, put in a patio, re-graveled the already xeriscaped front yard.  We pretty much spend our money on two things—this house, and food, lol.  To be fair, we were able to do a cash-out refi during the first year of Covid, when interest rates were rock bottom, and that paid for much of the above.

Maddie in our "new" Living Room

3. What surprised you about living in your place or in your neighborhood?

How many people park on the street because their garages are completely full.  We live in a neighborhood of hoarders, I swear.  It’s annoying, because one has to weave around all the cars parked on the street just to DRIVE down the street.

4. If someone were considering moving in next door, what would you warn them about?

This is a covenanted HOA community, so if you can’t handle following the rules, go somewhere else.  People bitch all the time about the rules, but you have to read a 25 page disclosure before you even can put a contract on a home—why would you sign if you have a problem with any of it??  The rules keep the neighborhood looking nice and our property values reflect that.

5. If you have to move in the next 45 days, what are you definitely not taking with you?

We’ve pared things down so that we are at the minimum.  I might leave some of the more faded outside Christmas stuff, and replace them.

6. What are you currently reading?

Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and Dave Egger’s The Every

7. What did you recently finish reading?

Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan

8. What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably a re-read of something….the two books I’m reading now are dystopian—I need something a little lighter.

9. When did you take the road less traveled?

In 2000.  Nobody saw that coming.

10. Did you ever participate in a talent show?

Nope, I’m an introvert, and participating in a talent show would’ve sent me over the edge.

11. When did you most recently strike out?

A few weeks ago, when I made a dish with a new spice that I wasn’t really happy with.

12  Where do you go to find yourself?

To my office.  It’s cozy and it makes me happy.  It’s all me, all the time in here.

13. What do you have mixed feelings about?

Being a Southerner. 

Outward Hound Puzzle Feeders
14. What did you most recently add to your collection of something?

A new puzzle box to Maddie’s ever-growing collection of puzzle feeders.  She inhales her food, so we use several different methods to slow her down.  She is extremely smart (as Cattle Dogs are), and really enjoys the challenge of a puzzle feeder. 

15. When did something most recently stir you to tears?

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia.  Seeing women and children fleeing made me think of my mother, at age 4, fleeing Poland ahead of the Russian army.  It made me so sad for them, and for her.


  1. My heart goes out to Ukrainians too (have mentioned it in my previous blog posts. I am currently doing a blog marathon)
    Loved reading your answers and your home looks great!

  2. Yes, I have cried many tears for Ukraine also.
    I love your home! That is the size I would like to have. We have a very small house. It is almost paid for though, so I just want to stay put, I think. Loved your answers! Have a nice day!

  3. I am also an introvert. I really don't think I could ever get in front of people and perform at a talent show.

  4. I don't think I could handle reading dystopian lit right now. Too close to home. Your house looks so inviting and your office sounds perfect!

  5. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a puzzle feeder! Apparently we are all introverts.

  6. #3 - Same here. We live on a narrow street but lots of people have cars.

    #10 - I'm an introvert too (largely) but I coped. I'm sure you would too - after the initial shock.

    #15 - It makes me angry actually. It's shocking in this day and age.

  7. I do not like others telling me what I can and can't do with my own property, that said, I'd never have made it through page one of that read. LOL I most likely would have walked at the first whisper of HOA. That said, your house and all that storage sounds divine and the living room looks great! I should have tried puzzle feeders with our old hound. He inhaled his food. Sorry to be so late. My Sunday didn't go exactly the way I'd planned.

  8. My entire apartment is such a cluttered mess. I know if I had a garage, I'd probably fill it to the brim, too! That's why I'm so jealous of how bright and clean your living room looks.

    I'm on the condo board, so I hear you on the HOA thing. People leave their oversized items by the dumpster to be picked up, and then we ALL have to pay for the junk to be hauled away. It's not fair for everyone to be charged because you decide you no longer like your bedroom dresser (that's what's out there now). It also gives me a pain to deal with this kind of thing.