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Home Depot, Take All My Dollars

We’ve now owned our new home for two whole weeks, and a lot has happened in that brief time.

The electricians started their work. Originally, they estimated it would take them a week to re-wire the house. Now they’re thinking it will take three weeks.

Needless to say, this is disappointing news. I’d planned to live in the apartment for a week, maybe two. But now I feel like we’ll be over here for months, making trips to “the big house” for clean clothes and pantry staples.

Other than that, things have been moving right along. The roofers showed up last Monday and replaced the roof on the big house, the guest house, and the carport in four days. They would have been done sooner but it rained every afternoon at 3:30 on the dot. Hello, Florida.


The plumbers were supposed to start last Thursday, but about half an hour into the job, one of them developed chest pains and needed to go to the hospital. We decided to just try again this week.

The plumbers are installing gas lines throughout the house (kitchen, tankless water heater, GAS LAMPS, etc.) and also re-doing all the incoming water lines. Over the years, the lines have been cut and poorly repaired, or re-routed in strange configurations, so it just made sense to start fresh.


We’ve made peace with our longer-than-expected stay in the guest house, and have taken measures to make it feel more like home for the time we’re over here. We fixed that pesky toilet issue and painted the living room. Jason switched out the old three-prong dryer outlet in the shed for a four-prong, so now we can plug in our appliances and wash our own clothes. AMAZING.

As with any new house, there are 9,000 things that need immediate attention. A friend remarked today that a large part of moving is just triage. Thankfully, we have both Ace Hardware and Home Depot to help us out. I’m at one store or the other on a daily basis, making it rain like it’s my job.

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A (Farewell) House Tour, Part 1

It’s been a busy couple of months here at the Taylor ranch. Long story short, we’re moving.

We love our house, and we have loved living in our house. I am not a believer in “forever homes,” because life is just too unpredictable and I am too restless. This was the right house at the right time for our family. But now we’ve been presented with an opportunity to move to a house that needs our creative energy (and our dollars, natch).

We bought this home almost exactly five years ago, on May 27, 2011. If you know me at all, you know that on June 30, 2011, one month after our closing, the house was struck by lightning and suffered massive fire/water damage. Jason likes to say that his “honey do” list went from 1,000 items to 5, because after that almost everything in the house was brand-new.

Despite the total renovation, we have continued to make changes and improvements – well, we see them as improvements. I thought it would be fun (for me) to look back to where we started, and compare it to the house we’re leaving behind.

This is the front in early 2011:


And in 2016:


We haven’t changed much about the exterior – but we did add a Bevolo gas lamp to the front porch. It remains one of my favorite things we did during the remodel.


We also chose a lighter roof color, to reflect more sunlight, and replaced the windows with energy-efficient models.

The other big change we made to the home’s exterior was replacing the flat roof over the sunroom with a gable roof, which allowed the space to be properly heated and cooled.



And today:


The picture of the pool reminds me – I need to soak up as much pool time as I can before we move!


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