We decided to see what the rental market looked like, so on Tuesday we hopped in the car and drove 3 hours to Albany, Or., with rental list and phone numbers in hand. We liked 2 places, and so we applied to both. Surprisingly, Wednesday morning, the place we liked best called and said we were approved (that was FAST!)
We went ahead and put in our 30 day notice at the current place. The landlord said if we moved before the 1st of August, we wouldn't have to pay any money for next month pro-rated at ALL! So that saved us about $350 if we moved within a week or so.
Thursday we came back to Albany and signed all the paperwork and payed the move-in fees and got our keys, and reserved a U-haul for Saturday. Friday we packed the whole house, it was near nonstop packing all day until bedtime.
Saturday my dad came up in the morning, and helped load the U-haul. He couldn't stay for the unloading though, so we drove the 3+ hours to Albany, got here around 5 pm, and James and I unloaded everything ourselves Saturday evening. Poor Liz was bored stiff during the loading, and miserably hot in the car with me on the drive down, but she got to go and play outside in the new fenced yard while we unloaded, so that helped. :)
We got most of the house unpacked and put away Saturday by about midnight, and I went to bed. Sunday, we unpacked everything else, and James even got all the pictures hung up. Today, we took the U-haul back, and got all of the utilities transferred and set up. What a week!!!
And so, please take a brief tour with me of our new place. First, Liz's room:
I managed to finish sewing up some lovely curtains last night as well. My friend Jillian had sent these to me mostly sewn up. I just had to even them out in size, finish the edges, and hem the bottoms. We don't have a curtain rod yet, but will get one this week sometime.
I like them so much, I'm trying to figure out how to get curtains for the living room, now. They really improve the look of a room.
Next up, our room. It's pretty sparse, since we don't spend much time in there. I think we need a few posters, just so it doesn't look so much like a monastic cell, lol.
Oh, and let us not forget...the gas fireplace. Not that we'll need it anytime soon, lol, but this winter, I know it'll be a wonderful thing. :)
Looking at our decor, I realize we are a bit eclectic. Also not pictured are the large medieval paintings and the beautiful tapestry of Ireland, but you can see we have some Asian influence, and quite a lot of celtic and medieval, with a touch of Africa (the drums) and even a bit of Native American, with a sprinkling of Disney, lol.
And for the first time since we were married, we have a real dining area! So our nice but tiny dining table has a place. Of course, I was sewing on it the night before, but it cleans up easily and quickly for dinner.
Clearly, this will serve not only as dining room but as my sewing area, as well as a play area for Liz. She loves her toy kitchen, so she can play there while I sew.
There is a mirrored closet in the hallway with the water heater tucked back inside it, but someone installed shelves on the right half. Since there is a linen closet with plenty of space inside the bathroom itself, I actually got this closet to unpack and organize (sort of) my fabric and other sewing things!
At any rate, I also got my notions, iron, all my sewing books, crochet box, and my patterns (in the file box on the lower left), all in the same space. I have never had everything unpacked and easy to get at and go through. I love it already!!
There are a lot of trees all around the condo's, so the entire area is very shaded all day long. It's such a beautiful neighborhood. There is a nice children's park close-by, a grade school, and not too far away a whole host of shopping. You have no idea having lived on the coast for years, having a Safeway and a variety of other shops (including a large Jo-anns!)just 2 miles away is amazing! :D
Well, it's been a rough, busy week. but we really love our new place. It really feels more like a home instead of just a crummy apartment. I hope we get to stay here through all of James' schooling. I hope my disability benefits aren't cut next week. :/ I'm scared and elated, and basically exhausted. Time for a few days rest, then back to sewing. Next up, one of the nicest fabrics I've ever sewn, the turquoise brocade dress for Liz.