Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Very Good News and Ugly Wallpaper ...

First, to the wallpaper issue. It will be next Spring before we can tackle the cosmetic issues here, but I thought some of you would get a giggle (or a nightmare) from the plethora of wallpaper patterns on the walls here.
This is on ONE SIDE of the kitchen

One of the bedrooms


Another bedroom

The OTHER SIDE of the kitchen!

Dining room. Even the switchplates are covered with this!

Living room. Yes, THREE wallpapers. Or two with a border in between.

I warned you, didn't I? Yes, they are hideous, each one a horrible mistake of design and color all by it's self...but together? YEESH!                                                                                                                 
Now...on to the Very Good News:
The Darlin' Man is here. He is finally and totally H.O.M.E.
He had been working for the railroad and staying in Indiana, but after many conversations and some applied mathematics, we came to the conclusion that maintaining two residences (even if his was a rented room) was costing us more than if he came home and didn't have a job. So, he came home. And promptly got a job locally. 
He had never been here. I was the one that picked out the property and the house, that figured out which town we wanted to be close to, etc.
He loves it here!
I am so glad he does, too! 
We are joining the Grange, he already has a library card, we went to a Town Hall meeting, he has met the neighbors, gone downtown and checked out the stores (we only have a dozen or so) and checked out the surrounding countryside. He can't believe there are still small towns like this. He says "It is how living is supposed to be!"
He is right. 
So what if the internet is slow and some parts of the county are so remote rumor says they have to pipe in sunshine?! People wave, they stop by just to talk about the weather and who got the best hay crop this year and do you think the river will flood next spring.....the big news in the paper is the chili cook off, a 5k run and a local parade. The police report in the paper says one person got a speeding ticket and a couple got in an argument on the other side of town and the cops were called. (That was for a whole week!)
We both love it here and we both are happy. 
I'll try to post more often, now that the internet is running semi-okay.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Update...and a Rant About Craigslist

Okay...need heat of some sort for the house this winter.
Wanted a pellet stove.
Went to Craigslist to find one.
FIRST OF ALL....If you are selling a used item on Craigslist, do NOT price it as high as a brand new one! I am looking for DISCOUNTS, people!
SECOND....don't advertise an item, talk to me on the phone about it and then when I get to your home AFTER DRIVING ALL THE HELL OVER HALF OF NEW ENGLAND tell me, "Oh, sold that an hour ago." AND THEN TRY TO SELL ME A MORE EXPENSIVE STOVE THAT YOU "JUST HAPPENED TO HAVE"!!!
THIRD...and perhaps most importantly, do NOT post a pic of a lovely stove and then when I get there show me a stove that looks liked it was dragged over 40 miles of bad road! You have obviously snagged the pic from a manufacturers site and posted it as a representative photo of your own stove and it is NOT!
Yeah. Annoyed I am.
Getting a wood furnace for the basement tomorrow, as well as a propane gas fireplace for upstairs. I have seen these and KNOW that they work AND have someone who is installing them for free.
Screw you Craigslist, you have disappointed me for the last time!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Internet is Working! (Uhmmmm...Sorta, Anyway)

After repeated calls to my internet and phone provider, they FINALLY sent me a repairman with some common sense. He actually looked at the line coming into the house (unlike the previous three guys) and said "Screw it. Let's just replace that old line and see if it helps."
Twenty minutes late, I had internet. And my phone worked, too!
So, lets see if I can get this blog rolling again!
Moose Crossing Sign. Everywhere here!

Local public library. Great place!

Next to library parking lot.

Window box loveliness at library.

Was out and about last week and took a few (pretty bad) pictures. The Moose Crossing signs are on every road here. And for good reason! When you hit a moose with a car...a truck, heck, even a semi!, there's a good chance you will be severely injured (if not outright killed) and your vehicle totaled. About a week and a half ago a lady in the next town over hit a moose...the moose staggered into the other road lane and was hit again by a different lady. Both cars totaled, but fortunately, both drivers survived. One is still in the hospital.
The moose? Staggered over to the edge of the road and sat down. It had to be destroyed because it's injuries were severe enough it wouldn't have survived long in the wild. New Hampshire law mandates that if a moose or deer or bear has to be destroyed by law enforcement, or has been recently killed by a vehicle, local law enforcement should have the animal immediately transported to a place it can be butchered out and the meat saved. The meat is then donated to facilities that can use it. Schools, prisons, group homes, etc.
I have seen a moose on the property here! Also wild turkeys galore. And deer...lots and lots of deer.
There is so much wildlife here! I had to chase an eagle away from the ducks pen!
It is starting to get chilly at night, and we still don't have a heating system. Tomorrow I go to look at a couple of pellet stoves. They are cheaper than an oil furnace and the fuel is cheaper, too.
Until then, I cuddle down at night with lots of blankets....and a couple of the dogs!