Sunday, January 06, 2008

New home...finally!

Finally! I'm no longer homeless! I rented an apartment in Raleigh and moved in last Thursday. Still waiting for all my belongings, but at least I'm finally out of that hotel!!

I have a kitchen!! I have a stove and a refrigerator, and a sink big enough to wash dishes!

Note coffee maker that I got for Christmas!
Back door is to the right of the stove.
Door to the left of refrigerator is to the utility room.
Wall next to utility room is excellent for my freezer.

Since I don't have any of my furniture yet, I've only been able to decorate the bathrooms and the kitchen, For the kitchen I'd already decided (based on the house I never got) to go with red and black, so I decided to continue that idea here.

The half bath, located between the living room and kitchen will be blue to match the living room colors. The upstairs bath also has red as it's primary color as I bought the carpet, accessories, etc for half bath, but carpet wouldn't fit. It's not that I'm a big red fan, although I do like red. it's just that I wanted bright colors as the whole place is beige and white.

Half bath
Half bath
Main bath
Main bath
I'm currently sleeping on an air bed. It's one of those that is higher than just a mattress and it's a twin size. I'd already decided to buy one of these for when I visit Laura & Chris, so it's not a big deal having to buy it a bit earlier. Friday night I guess I got too close to the edge, as I ended up face first on the floor in the middle of the night! I'd prefer to have a full size mattress, but they cost double the price!

My bed...looks normal, right?
Can't wait to get my own bed (latex foam mattress) back!

So, right now, it's just me and the pups. I'm an "empty nester", at long last! This is the first apartment I've ever had by myself. Actually only the second apartment ever, the last one was when I got out of school and got an apartment with my friend Jeanne. She moved out and my husband to be moved in, then we bought our first single-family home. (I've lived in 3 single family homes, Avon and Brockton in Massachusetts and one in Durham, NC)

This apartment is a town home style, which I want to try to see if I can live in that style long term. Since the deal with the house in Mebane fell through, I've decided to rethink buying a condo or town home. At this point, since I have a 6 month lease, I'm not going to look much, unless of course something catches my eye. I have a few friends on the lookout for deals in their areas, but won't start seriously looking until at least the beginning of May.

I've been thinking about changing to a condo or town home as that would relieve me of the responsibility of the outside maintenance. I'm not thrilled with having people living above me, and I have 2 dogs that must go out several times a day, so the town home set up sounds better. I've never lived on 2 floors, however, and I'm concerned about my legs and feet with the arthritis. So far I like having the 2 floors, even when I've had to run up and down the stairs because I forgot something. Not sure how long it will be, however, that I get tired of the stairs!

Once I get the rest of my furniture I'll post more pictures.

In the meantime, here are a couple new pics of my pups who are very confused about what's going on.....and what the heck is the noise when no one is doing anything? (Floors are VERY creaky, it's about all we hear of the neighbors)


Oh yea!! Forgot to mention. I'm still smoke free and I've been sticking to my plan. I've been getting around 20-25 grams of carb (total) a day, the one exception being Thursday (moving day) when I grabbed an Atkins bar....that alone had over 20 grams!

I've been to the food store and have lots of meat in the freezer, and veggies in the refrigerator. Once I get all my pots and pans, microwave, etc I'll be better off. Tonight I'm just having yogurt with fruit and walnuts as I'm too lazy to cook!


OhYeahBabe said...

Bless your new home! Looks very nice. I'm sure you'll be glad to get your stuff. I'm not familiar with your story and why you didn't have a home. Can you point me to it?

Resolve not to get ripped off by scams like Kimkins! Say no to Kimkins!!

Say NO to Kimkins said...

Welcome Home, Cindy!

Enjoy settling in! I bet the feeling is wonderful!

When is the housewarming party?

Cindy Moore said...

OYB I sold my house October 1st and moved into a motel until I could get a mortgage. I had a house picked out, but needed to get funding. Because of the recent troubles with sub-prime mortgages I was unable to get approved, so now I'm in an apartment until the summer. ( &

I'm getting all my possessions delivered tomorrow!! I can't wait to sleep in my own bed again! I have a latex foam mattress that is extremely comfy, and I miss it! I'm also looking forward to putting up my Bless This House trivet! I already know where to put it!!

Say No.....not sure if I'm going to have a house warming, but I'm having a few friends over for dinner....I have a huge Christmas ham that needs to be eaten!

Suzique said...

Yea, Cindy! Congratulations! Just went through an, uh, "transitional" period myself, so isn't it nice to be "home" again?

Cindy Moore said...

Suzique!! how are you? How's the move, new job, etc? Did you sell the one in LA.

I'm still transitional. This is just a stop on the way to buying. This is good tho...I'm going to use this 6 months to really get rid of some stuff. I'm also considering a condo or townhome when I do this is a good way to check out multi level living.

2BIG said...

glad you got moved okay hope you get your bed real soon.
Good thing you aren't following that scam diet on being sold by

Suzique said...

Sorry for the "public" conversation, everyone! Cindy, I just bought a two-story house with the same reservations you have about going up and down stairs. I also was concerned about my dogs, who are 8 and aging. But they love it, and I'm finding it forces me to get some exercise whether I like it or not. I'm enjoying having the upstairs!

Cindy Moore said...

2big....I got my bed yesterday! First good night sleep I've had in over 3 months!

Cindy Moore said...

Suzique, I tried to catch up on your blog last night, but had to get to sleep! Very long day with movers.

Glad you like the 2 far I love it. I've also been told I have rheumatoid, so I was especially concerned about that, but so far no fact when my feet hurt they hurt less on the stairs than on a flat surface!

Carol Bardelli said...

It looks very cozy. I'm sure you and the pups will enjoy your new home.

Cindy Moore said...

We're getting there...slowly.

I must say I do love living alone!

HoneyBee said...

Just doing some blog-ring rounds and wanted to say congratulations on getting set-up in your new place. The living out of boxes and suitcases is rough. I used to travel a lot and I can understand how nice it feels to be settled.
Enjoy your peace and quiet. Living alone does have its advantages.

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Kat said...

woohoo! New home...Enjoy!! Always fun decorating and setting up a new home. Looks cozy too! Hey, the air bed beats sleeping on the floor!! lol

size8jeans said...

Congrats on your new home. :)