I have revisited my beloved London (finally), donned my Fightin' Pants for Mom, and, one year ago today, I took possession of a 900 square-foot condo that had been home to ten guinea pigs, a chinchilla, and a dog...as well as three adult-sized humans.
A year ago today, I walked into an empty condo with my parents and said, "Mind you, it needs a lot of love, but...here it is!" I'm glad that at least their first time seeing it was when it was empty, because had they seen it with the tenants in, they'd have run screaming.
Believe me, I was questioning why I wasn't running screaming.
It took about six weeks to make the place livable--mostly because I had to work with the schedules of the guys I hired to paint and install the new floors. The cleaning took several days, and the moving was kind of done in chunks--one big move with a hired crew for all the large items, but the rest coming in small trips in Sylvie the 3 from my parents' house.
I lived about a month without a couch, and several months with a tiny TV on one of my night stands, but finally, things started coming together. From that first time I walked into what was officially my condo to now, the changes have been astounding. It feels so much lighter and roomier than it did those first two times I saw it. A year in, I can say with all honesty that I love my little home, with its quirks and improvements, my balcony garden, and the two ginger dudes who leave cat hair everywhere and overflow my life with love.
So there's nothing left to say, just pictures to share.
|The sliding glass door was open, hence one billowing curtain.|
|Mom and Dad got a new TV and gave me their old one, which suits me just|
|Yes, that is a large inflatable donut. I use it to float in the complex pool on|
|I bought inexpensive covers for the sofa cushions, in colors that match my decor.|
|Evening with Da Boyz.|
|Getting blinds made this place so much classier.|
|I love my couch. I love my wall gallery. Love, love, love.|
|This is My Spot.|
|Looking out through the window.|
|Inexpensive pitcher, silk flowers...shot of pretty color|
in a black-and-gray living room.
|My new dishwasher is so nice. So quiet. So lovely.|
|The view from the kitchen.|
|My main bathroom.|
|The top of my dresser, and two pieces of art by Yours Truly.|
|I have told the boys about their late sister. I'll never forget her.|
|The pillows are usually stacked like that, and yes, they are perfect for dozing.|
|My sweet little garden.|