Like Mary in The Awful Mess, I have just downsized into a tiny house, although I think I made a better choice than she did (and I also have a nineteen-year-old along). Also, I don’t think any little old ladies have recently dropped dead in this one.
I’ve put my dislikes and likes together to keep things positive.
DISLIKE #10. Still can’t find some of my socks — the ones that match most of my summer pants. They’ve got to be somewhere. Actually, this applies to at least another ten percent of my possessions at this point. I was just terrible at packing (thank God for two friends who showed up to help the last day).
LIKE #10. I finally realized I could throw out the entire bag of panty hose I haven’t worn in over a decade, and plenty of other stuff I can’t find room for. (Of course, it would have been nice to realize that BEFORE packing and moving.)
DISLIKE #9. Troy water tastes faintly chlorinated.
LIKE #9. The water pressure is amazing — so amazing it practically blasts me against the opposite wall of the shower — and the flavor is otherwise fine. This ain’t Florida tap water, thank goodness.
DISLIKE #8. I can’t put away the boxes of stuff stacked in my office closet until I have installed shelves in my office closet.
LIKE #8. I have an office, and someday I will actually be able to walk around in it, or at least edge my way around things in it. This is my fault for bringing Jaime’s big-ass thrift-store-find desk, which has so much drawer space that I actually might not need that office closet at all if I could just stop hoarding office supplies.
DISLIKE #7 & 6. The basin under the kitchen sink was apparently left there to catch the drips from the rotted plumbing. And the reason there was no washing machine was possibly because the washer hook-ups were so rotten they started spewing water the minute the new machine was attached.
LIKE #7 & #6. I have a good and reasonably priced plumber. Which is good, because I just realized the outdoor faucets aren’t working, either. And thankfully the gas dryer left here works fine and has a vent I can clean out without taking the house apart.
DISLIKE #5. There are mysterious iron stakes in the middle of the driveway and backyard with plastic tape on them. There are also lots of bumps and holes. Mowing the lawn is like driving over potholes after a bad winter.
LIKE #5. I suppose it’s good to have a little mystery in one’s life? I had a survey done, so at least I don’t have to worry that those stakes are actually weird property boundaries in the middle of what I thought was my lot.
DISLIKE #4. The living/dining room has Chartreuse green walls (painted on paper-covered paneling) with lacy filigree design elements. The previous owner’s daughter, who lived alone here, was apparently quite girly.
LIKE #4. The filigree is easy enough to remove, and the Chartreuse is growing on me. I don’t plan to keep it, but until I am ready to start painting it’s actually more bearable than I would ever have believed possible.
DISLIKE #3. Popcorn ceiling in the living room and hallway.
LIKE #3. I’ve got nothing here. It’s even peeling. Maybe I could like that I know a good painter? Or maybe I’ll be brave and try this myself?
DISLIKE #2. No central air.
LIKE #2. This June weather has been blessedly kind, and the bedrooms,at least, can be kept cool with our new window units. The previous owner left a window unit for the whole house, but it really can’t cope. This will be my incentive to get something done. Also, thankfully, there are A LOT fewer mosquitoes here, so I hang around outside more in the cool evening hours.
DISLIKE #1. Slopes. I have them on three sides, and they are steep. I’ve already landed on my ass just trying to get down to the back yard.
LIKE #1. This is the kind of landscape problem that can lead to all sorts of creativity. Maybe a deck … maybe terracing … maybe a burbling stream that also collects rainwater for the garden … who knows?
What were your top likes and dislikes the last time you moved or rehabbed?
Oh yeah … preening author note: The Awful Mess is currently one of five semi-finalists for the general fiction Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Which is kind of cool, though I’m trying to put most of my spare energy towards the next book right now.