So, I thought it would be cool to mark down some things I’ve learned or observed from being a first time homeowner. Ya know, the fun stuff.
Turning into my Parents:
For starters – I turned into my parents IMMEDIATELY. Within the first week, I found myself walking around shutting off lights and as my dad would say “why is the front porch light on?!” I also found myself turning into my mother – scrubbing counters, spotless kitchen – as she always said “cleanliness is next to G-dliness” – I think she’d be proud that she harassed me enough that a clean and tidy home is important to one’s physical and mental health.
Neighbors can make it or break it.
Our first week was quite traumatic with our noisy neighbors. Till 3 am they were partying, drinking –and it was LOUD. However, a few weeks later, we got a letter with a huge apology. Apparently the parents were away, and the college -aged daughter took over the house. Something they swore would never happen again. But lesson learned. We dodged a bullet there!
I would also like to point out that keeping a positive relationship with said neighbors is extremely important. These are the same guys that shared their generator with us during that horrific blackout … and therefore I baked my famous Jam Squares for them to express my thanks. Like I said, your neighbors can make it or break it
Yes, I Can Walk Around Naked
I often joke about this concept, walking around naked. But there really is a sense of freedom that comes along with having your own place and not worrying. Many of my friends have “open homes” where people come and go all the time, and as women they must be dressed 100% modestly at all times. Sounds more annoying than anything else if you ask me. While I do understand the virtue of having guests at this point, its not for me. So yes, if you pop by my house without warning, who knows what I’ll be wearing (or lack of J)
Utility bills aren’t as fun as I thought.
When I was 19 I had an apartment with a friend of mine and I remember our electric bill was about 30 dollars. That was QUITE a while ago. Real people bills, well, they’re nowhere NEAR 30 bucks. Ha! Although I gotta say that rent / mortgage in Kentucky isn’t as frightening as one would think.
Taking care of a yard is a LOT harder than it looks
Unless you’re a Martha Stewart with a Green Thumb, taking care of a lawn is WORK!!!! It takes time and constant maintenance. I’m not sure it’s like this in the rest of the suburban world, but here in KY – if you don’t cut your grass every week or two you’ll have a forest growing. Not only that – but you’ll get fined!!!! (wish I was kidding). My husband told me that we got a letter in the mail from the Sherriff’s department politely warning us that we had clumps of cut grass on the side of the street by our mailbox, and we need to sweep it away as it ruins the look of the neighborhood (oh and also they were concerned for safety). They sent pictures to prove that they’re watching us!
Well, I guess I can appreciate how concerned the city is with how Louisville looks and I love that people here really do care for the outdoors by planting… but we’re total newbies at this, so we’re allowing for the learning curve.
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Thank the One Above, the transition to Kentuckian has been going great, and the best part of course is having so many wonderfully supportive family members and community members who are there when we need.
Here’s to the next 6 months!
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