Now that we've been in the house for almost a year, we've gone through all four seasons in it and have learned a lot. Some things we really appreciate, and other things are super annoying. This post covers just a few of the seasonal things we've noticed.
I know that trees are considered a plus on property but I kinda hate my two maple trees. They make for amazing foliage in the fall and look beautiful!
But then look at this. Look at how many leaves!!!
I just can't. Just stop with the leaves.
And then after way too many times of finding huge dead branches in my yard, like this one, I paid a buttload of money to have my two trees trimmed.
Speaking of the yard, can we just pause to talk about how much work maintaining a yard is? After my terrible attempts at mowing, weeding, and mulching, I also gave up on those and called in my gardeners. Again, so worth it. I don't have any pictures of when it was really bad, because it was just so bad I didn't want to take any pictures of it. Some of the weeds were almost as tall as me! Having grown up in hot and dry southern California, this level of weeds just astounded me. So the only pics I have to share are of the dead leaves from the fall and winter. I did eventually clean those up myself.
And then once winter rolls around, we have the joy of snow. Now I love snow and especially loved getting snow days from work, but I never shoveled a driveway and sidewalks until this past winter. Man, it sucks. The only upside is that I use the excuse of having burned up some calories to spend the rest of the day snuggled on the couch with the pugs and eating something yummy.
Oh, and I now have the joy of shoveling a loop in my backyard so that the girls have a walking and pooping path.
You know how it takes time living in a place to fully know it and discover the inconveniences? Well, one of the things that drives me crazy is the lack of an entryway. Since I don't have a covered porch or even an awning, that means that when we come in from the rain or snow, we're entering the heart of the house on hardwood floors with wet/muddy shoes/paws. I laid a lot of towels on the floor during particularly rainy or snowy days. I am on the lookout for a bigger doormat, but even that won't be enough to cover the trouble spots.
I also miss having my washer and dryer on the main level. Now to do laundry I have to go up and down two levels of stairs. While I appreciate the storage space of the basement, I kind of hate/fear my basement. The girls hate the basement and will cry the entire time I'm down there, which doesn't make me feel any more comfortable in it.
And I never used to be a indoor socks person (I hate having anything on my feet usually), but now I wear socks and house slippers when it's colder. This means that I've expanded on my pug sock collection, so it's not all bad.
Having a house is a lot of work. Having an old house is a lot of work.
But enough of the complaining. Let's focus on the good!
By far, the best part of having the house is having a yard for the pugs. Even though the yard takes a lot of work (or in my case money thrown at my gardeners), it's so awesome having the open outdoor space for them. They fully appreciate it. In fact, my dog walker says that lately when she comes to take them for their walk, Sunny will look at her and then make a beeline for the back door. She'd rather go to the backyard than her walk!
Sunny and Rosy loved seeing the new plants and flowers (and then peeing on them).
Ooh and let's not forget the short-lived and not very successful pool adventures from the summer.
And while I'm sure Sunny and Rosy miss our old apartment's floor-to-ceiling windows and highrise view, they love having a storm door that they can gaze out of, whether it's to watch me doing yard/house work or to bark at cars.
Sunny and Rosy run this neighborhood.