How long have you been in your current home? As of next Tuesday, Dan and I will have been in our home for ten years. We moved into our house on November 9, 2011. I have always felt like we were blessed from above when we got this house. It’s just the right size for us. It’s in a beautiful community. It’s right across from a lake. And now it’s paid for. That’s a pretty good place to be, especially since we are both retired.
We live in New Town at St. Charles. The community is about 17 years old and still growing like crazy. We can walk to a small store, restaurants, an ice cream shop and another little shop which sells snow cones. We have a pool, an amphitheater with concerts and movies, and events throughout the year – like the Christmas House Tour or the Cardboard Boat Regatta in July.
On Tuesday mornings, Dan plays Euchre with, what I call, “the old guys group.” This has led to high stakes sports betting ($5 weekly football pool) and some guy leaving tomatoes on our porch.
On the weekends, we can walk to a coffee shop and get donuts, but we’ve had to stop that – at least for awhile. It’s a beautiful place to take our daily walks. And we are blessed to have so many nice, friendly, and kind neighbors.
It’s sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Of course, it’s not. But it’s about as close as it can be, I think. Our house is pretty close to perfect, too, for Dan and I. The only grass we have to cut is the strip between the sidewalk and the street. Our neighbor does that for us, and he started doing that without us even asking. Last year, he shoveled our sidewalk on a really cold day. After that, I just had to make him cupcakes. Besides the grass and the snow duties, we go around and trim our shrubs in the Fall and Spring. Not having much yard work works out great since we have a travel trailer.
Nobody does Halloween like New Town. Trust me on this. People here decorate as if they are putting on a Broadway production. The star of the show actually rents a U-Haul and has three storage units for his decorations. The kids and the neighbors really appreciate his passion and his efforts which bring smiles and joy to so many.
The Christmas season is a step back in time but with all the modern decorations on display. We have another resident who travels the neighborhood at night taking beautiful photos of the houses all lit up. Then he puts a collage with music on our neighborhood Facebook page. Try to watch it without getting a lump in your throat. We are truly blessed.
Yes, I do love our home even more than the day we moved in. Now, there are some “opportunities”, as I like to put it, with our home. First on the list, I guess, is that the downstairs bathroom is right by the eating area. I’ve thought many times about how to reconfigure, but we’d have to talk to a contractor to see if it could be done. For now, we keep the door closed and have wired the fan to the light switch.
Our upstairs bathroom has a separate tub and shower. The only thing I do with the tub is dust it. I’d like to turn that into a closet for Dan. Right now, he uses a closet in another bedroom. I have the walk-in closet which is how it should be. Right, ladies?
Our home does have three bedrooms. So, we have two guest bedrooms. But considering none of our four kids (and their partners) live here, it’s not quite enough. They all come home at the same time. We make it work (some stay elsewhere), but it’d be nice to have a finished basement with another area for accommodations. I’d also like a dedicated craft area someday, but given I like to work at the kitchen table, while Dan watches sports nearby, it’s not an urgent want.
Will any of that get done? Who knows? Right now, we’re spending our money on travel. Plus, what if we move? Now, I’m not one to worry about resale, but why spend the money if we think we are leaving? We don’t plan to move, but with none of our kids here, it could happen. Dan doesn’t like the cold winter. However, I don’t like the heat of the south in the summer, so who knows? Time will answer those questions for us. For now, we are very grateful for our home.
What about you? Do you think about moving? Do you have plans to update your home? What do you like best about your place? As I’m sure you can tell, I really love our home. Everybody’s favorite home should be their own, and I hope that’s true for you.