As my husband and I are settling into the basement of our new home, I've noticed many things that I have taken for granted. You see, the first home I purchased in back in 2005 was a spec home which was nice and new and didn't need a bit of work besides seeding a lawn, installing window treatments, and moving in furniture. It has been a great home, and I'm glad that my brother and his soon-to-be wife will be purchasing it. From a sentimental perspective, many great memories come from a person's "first" home, and I hope they have those same memories to share with their new family. From an ownership perspective, I know that they will take great care of it, and I won't have to worry about driving by someday to see that the yard is overgrown or it is in a state of disrepair. No homeowner wants to see their first home go that route.
And so, onto our home in Wisner, and the many things that I have taken for granted during the past six years. I've compiled a list of items that I didn't realize I relied on so heavily until they were gone:
1. A toilet paper holder and towel bar in the bathroom. I've heard many people complain time and again about their kids or spouse leaving their wet towels on the floor. What's even more annoying is when you have no other option and you have to use a vacant door knob or the back of a chair in the living room to hang up the towels. Nothing says, "Come on in and have a seat" like a damp bath towel soaking through your shirt.
2. A microwave. An electric skillet (a big shout out to the person who gave us that for a wedding present) will have to do until we have one installed. I learned how to warm up some leftover mashed potatoes along side some Hamburger Helper last night. The trick is to make a sturdy dam out of hamburger to keep the items separated in the pan.
3. A dishwasher. Right now, a one-basin metal sink with a broken strainer is keeping the paper plate companies in business. My new motto is, "Wash fast or don't wash at all!"
4. A washer and dryer. Has anybody ever wondered why a place that is designed for cleaning clothes can be so dirty? Nothing like trucking all of your personal items to a laundromat where you pick the only washing machine that doesn't spin out and the dryer that doesn't heat. Plus, everything came out smelling like a smoky bar. Again, hanging all of the Tim's jeans and t-shirts around the lower level of our home has created a welcoming atmosphere for guests.
5. Garage door remotes. An attached garage is wonderful, but if you have to get out of the car to make the door open and close, it really defeats the purpose (especially when the door doesn't go up all the way, so you have to stand on your tippy toes to give it that little extra nudge so you don't give the top of your truck a close shave.) The seller told us the remotes were in the house "somewhere," and we're still holding out hope that we will find them. We still have a couple of walls on the main floor that we haven't pulled the plaster off of. I'm sure that's where they left them.
6. Keys. At least the one we have came with a big smiley face key ring holder that politely says, "Have a Nice Day!"
It might sound like I'm complaining, but I'm really just trying to share the humorous side of home ownership. If somedays it feels like you have taken a step back in time, you probably have. Don't worry, the "honey-do" list will eventually get completed. This weekend will be filled with the excitement of installing towel rods, toilet paper holders, and door knobs! Just remember to appreciate the little things in life. Welcome Home!