Things It Will Take Me A While To Get Used To In the New (Old) House
1. Box elder bugs
This variety of bug previously lived in the "didn't bother me a bit" category... until now, when every time I open the back door there are s w a r m s of them. And I have to stick my hand in their headquarters (the mailbox) every day except Sunday. No rain, snow, sleet, hail, or box elder bugs will keep me from the mail. But still. [Shudder]
2. The question of ghosts and bats (i.e. is this house haunted? Does it have bats?)
As I've mentioned previously, I don't really believe in ghosts but I reluctantly have to believe in bats. The ghosts and bats question comes up regularly in conversation now that we're here.
3. Howling winds
The wind noise has been elevated to a previously unheard of level. I think it's a combination of newer windows in an old house, position in some sort of wind tunnel created by the circle, and OH MY GOSH CHEYENNE IS WINDY. Gracie compared the wind noise yesterday to being at an amusement park where people are riding a giant, scary roller coaster in the background. How this child could have come up with such a description is beyond me, seeing as how she was seven months old during her last trip to an amusement park with a roller coaster. The description was extremely apt, however.
4. The hand-pinching lazy-Susan
5. The distance from the kitchen to the dining room
I know, cry me a river. But I still might look into buying some sort of cheapie rolling cart to use at dinnertime to cut down on the 800 trips back and forth. I'm already getting plenty of exercise doing laundry.
6. The basement
I had to go into the basement last night when Matt was on alert because not more than 20 seconds after I saved last night's post, Bridget started her turn with her sisters' stomach flu. I went down there to put laundry in because I had no choice, but I didn't like it.
7. Not being able to see the bus stop from our house
I do better with visual cues in this area (read: THE BUS IS HERE! GO! GO! GO!)(OK, so we're way better about that now than we were when Maddie was in kindergarten, but still—I like the visual cues of children gathering at the bus stop to help me gage the time).
8. Not locking myself out because the locking mechanism button wasn't switched before closing the door
The only other place I've ever lived that had doors like this house? Morris and Minnich Halls at Miami. And yes, there was a ridiculous amount of locking myself out back then.
9. Having a front and back staircase
Gracie has already startled me four times by walking down a staircase on the other side of the house from where I was and appearing before me when she wasn't expected.
10. The change in closet space
Gone are all coat closets/game closets/linen closets. We have bedroom closets and that's it. I'm making some progress in the unpacking department, but there is a lot of debris right now caused by things that once lived in a closet and are now homeless.
Things It Will Take No Time At All To Get Used To In the New (Old) House
1. Home mail delivery
Box elders or no, the mail is delivered to a box attached to the house. Hooray!
2. The spice cabinet
Oh, happy day. I love it. It's just a run-of-the-mill shallow cupboard, but I can see every single spice/baking need we possess and I don't have to rearrange anything to get to any of it.
3. Big, heavy doors
There just better not be any door slamming by small children.
4. The Harry Potter Cupboard Under the Stairs
5. The porch
6. The porch
7. THE CRAFT ROOM
8. THE CRAFT ROOM
9. THE CRAFT ROOM
10. How cool it is to live in a 100+ year old house.
Someone is going to have to drag me from it kicking and screaming when we have to move.