Friday, November 29, 2013
away status / home
blogging means sitting in front of a computer, which i'm usually unwilling to do outside of work. but i miss it -- this blog is the closest thing i have to a journal, it encourages me to take (decent, non-phone) photos and write down what i've been up to. i also miss reading everyone else's blogs, which i'm sorry to admit i haven't done in months (but will work on doing now...it's fun having a huge backlog of posts to read, sorta like how netflix gives you an entire new season of arrested development all at once, and your sleep schedule and personal hygiene go to shit for a few days but you are so so happy).
she sent me a bunch more listings but none of them came close to what i wanted. i was deeply disappointed. there was nothing else remotely similar to this house in my price range. i asked her to keep an eye on it, just in case the sale fell through. lucky for me, it did! there were already multiple offers, but i managed to sneak one in and get it accepted.
this old train depot/boise landmark, and bench because it's raised up on a big flat hill).
the house is 1,940sqft on two stories, plus a full, partially-finished basement for storage/pantry/laundry room/root cellar, and a detached garage that i'm using as a storage shed. add it all up and it's probably four times the amount of space i had at the old place, but i'm not rattling around in it, it's very comfortable. considerably less yard, but it is on a double lot, on a quiet neighborhood corner. and damned if i'm not ready to downsize a little bit in the yard department anyway.
the backyard didn't come fully fenced, which was kind of a pain, but that meant i got to plot out exactly where i wanted the fence to run and how i wanted it to look. i did a bunch of pinterest research before settling on a wood fence with horizontal slats and small gaps between the boards.
the sprinkler system runs on regular city water, but the house also came with rights to irrigation water, so for something like $20/year i get unlimited irrigation water two days a week during the growing season.
i'm going to grow a line of three fruit trees along the inside of the fence: peach, plum, pear. maybe a cherry somewhere if i can find a spot. on the opposite side of the yard i'll build a grape arbor (someday). the backyard already has a well-established raspberry bush, a large strawberry patch, and a compost pile. the former owners made a point of telling me that all their gardening was 100% organic.
he had the place move-in ready in two days, then he covered it in reclaimed cedar from his neighbor's recently-demolished fence. i love the weathered-wood look.
my parents have been hugely supportive with this house. they helped me move all my crap, babysat my boys for a couple days while i packed, helped me clean out the rental, helped me with a ton of yard work at the new place, and bought me pretty much a whole new kitchen...new fridge, gas stove, dishwasher, sink, garbage disposal.