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Gardening at the house

I was so excited when we bought the house that the previous owners had a couple garden boxes started. We got a few cucumbers and tomatoes from them before the tomato worms got the best of the plants.

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Now I have cleaned them out and am trying some fall crops with broccoli and cauliflower. I hope they work out.

That pic was taken just after I planted on October 27th. Here’s what they look like a few weeks later and after enduring a few frosty nights.
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Not too shabby!

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On being an adult

I started this post in February of 2012, and re-started it in June 2012, but could never finish and publish. I’m actually 32 now. And we paid off the 2nd car, and had to get a new one shortly thereafter. Most of it is still applicable today, but now we’re actually buying a house. So I’m going to publish what I’ve got and start again.

Every now and then, I’ll be doing something and it kind of hits me, that I’m an adult. Of course there are the usual things, paying bills, going to work. Taylor and I have been particularly proud about paying off a car (now two cars!) and a student loan, and being able to save for lasik surgery for him and an Italy vacation for me. All very adultly things if you ask me.

Lately, I’ve been pep talking myself up with the “this is what adults do” to try to encourage some better habits in myself. Particularly about doing the dishes in the morning before I go to work if I have a few extra minutes OR as soon as we dirty something. Also, hanging up rewearable clothes (You know, the stuff that doesn’t have stinky pits or stains!) at the end of the day instead of piling them on the firebox in my closet.  I will admit, try as I may, those things aren’t second nature to me just yet though. (Ok, let’s be real. I am still bad about hanging up my clothes at the end of the day, or even after they are fresh from the laundry for that matter. And I don’t always get around to the dishes. )

But also, sometimes at 30(now 31), I still don’t usually feel like I’m old enough to be trusted with certain things. And Taylor and I about to embark on one of the hugest, most adult things I can think of…A HOUSE!

Let’s back up a tiny bit first though. We kind of love renting. We have a nice place with plenty of room. If stuff breaks we just call our complex up and they fix it. If a light bulb burns out or if the battery goes out in our thermostat, they replace it. We don’t have taxes to pay and our renter’s insurance is low. And we save some money at the end of the month. We knew the day would come when we’d want a house. But, we were happy waiting, because that meant we could keep saving and researching so we get exactly what we want.

And that time has come to make a decision. Our lease is up soon, and our apartment complex is jerking us around on our rent, so it feels like we’re being thrust into making a decision.

This is where I ended  in February, then started again in June…

So, in February, we got all gung-ho about house hunting, talking with a realtor, doing all the research, deciding where we wanted to live, all that jazz. We had decided on renewing our lease for 6 more months with the hopes of being in a house by August, when our lease would run out again. But alas, that is not the case. There was the initial momentum, when we found a few houses we liked, but that got bought practically the same day they went on the market.

 

 

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