Jan 2, 2015

Our new house: Secrets uncovered

Probably my favorite thing about our new house is all the natural light we'll have because of all the windows.

On the front of the house, they're pretty average, but the back of the house is pretty much all windows, all the time. FAVE.

One thing I think is a little odd is that the best view in the house can be found in the master bath's water closet.

Although Amelia's room is right above it, TRAGICALLY there's no window on that side of her room to take advantage of that view. Her only window faces the street.

The previous owners left a lot of stuff behind. Not as much as we feared they might, but more than your average bear leaves behind. We spent New Year's Day over there beginning to clean it out and made a good deal of progress, but we still have a long way to go.

I thought I'd share with you some of the things we have to contend with, or just a few oddities that I came across here and there as we cleared out each room.

They left an entire outdoor dining set, which was covered in about 100 pounds of junk. That's not an exaggeration, by the way. It filled up an entire city garbage can. We hauled all the junk out to the road and cleaned the set up with diluted Clorox. It still needs another pass, but it looks so much better than it did.

(And can you tell I worked on clearing two years' worth of wet leaves off the deck? Now to pressure-wash it and see how well it cleans up.)

They left six old TVs, a giant computer monitor and a DVD player that must weigh 50 pounds. I think it's one of the first ones ever made. These were all spread out over three rooms and although we eventually carried them all to the garage for disposal, I didn't get pictures of them all together. (I KNOW YOU'RE SAD.)

This picture doesn't come CLOSE to doing this king-size bed justice. The first time I saw it, I was like, "Is that a DICTATOR-SIZE BED?" It's the widest thing I've ever seen. You can see that it sticks out eight inches on each side from the mattress.

They were afraid to move it out because they thought they'd damage the walls trying. So now we get to do it.

It has a matching dresser! That comes with saline solution.


Bahahaha. He does look like he's being abducted. The jury's still out on whether or not he's staying. This neighborhood is really big on Christmas decorations, and I have, like, ONE STRING of outdoor lights, so ...
A dead Frosty was also in one corner of the basement.

I brought him back to life!

Someone was impressed with my skillz.

There were also three coolers full of expired canned drinks. Not empty cans. One of the coolers actually had Gatorades in it that expired in 2011, and they were just floating around in water up to the top. Like, the party ended and they walked away from the cooler and just left it there for three or four years.

When Grayson came across a box of Christmas ornaments, I suggested that it would be hilarious if we kept one as a memento of this "experience." Grayson picked this one.

I picked this one.

Oh, and did I mention the bones in the backyard?

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