Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Our House is a Very Very Very Fine House

our new home!

For years I've sung the words to the song by Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- wrong! "Our house is a very very very fine house, with 2 dogs in the yard ..." The real words are "with 2 cats in the yard."   

Oh well!

On Sunday night we had a very hard, torrential rain storm with loud thunder and a lot of lightening.  Then on Monday we signed the closing papers on our new house in The Land of Flip Flops. All is well but the day was not without excitement. I'll give you Beloved's version of how it went:

"Some drama prior to our successful closing on the house. Last night the lightning took out the phones at the title company. When calling the title company this morning for the wire transfer instructions and closing amount - we kept getting the message that the number had been disconnected! What!

Well, after our realtor went over there and verified the title people were still in business everything went well. We are no longer homeless - and also no longer debt free."

a very hard rain on the forest in our back yard

Our shipment of household goods is expected to be delivered later this week, but I think you've waited long enough to see the inside of our new home. Today I am sharing photos we took in April when we put the offer on the house. The furnishings were staged by the listing agent.

Entry hall wall niche
The entry hall is small and hard to photograph, but here is a wonderful feature it has, a cut-out niche in a curved wall leading to the living/dining room.

living room

The living and dining rooms are a large single room lacking clear definition of the two areas but our furniture will do that for us.

view from the living/dining room toward the back of the house
There is a butler's pantry leading to the kitchen, with a food closet on one side and cabinetry with a granite counter top on the opposite side (not visible in this picture).

You can't really see it in the above photo, but the wall behind the blue chair is curved. There are several rounded walls throughout the house that compliment the rounded doorways.

the family room
The family room is open to the kitchen and the breakfast nook area,  has access to the master suite, features the stairs to 4 large bedrooms plus a bonus room, leads to the laundry room, and also features a beautiful view of the forested back yard.

Today we spent about eleven hours at the new house while people came to install the Internet and cable connections, the security system, and to paint the garage walls and ceiling. 

I shopped for groceries and at day's end we had our first supper in our new home!

Salad greens with fajita steak, cheese, tomatoes, sweet peppers, black beans,
toasted corn tortilla  strips, and bottled salad dressing of choice
Yes, it was served on paper plates balanced on our knees from lawn chairs and our new TV sitting on the floor... we made a wonderful memory.


  1. Looks great! Wonderful picnic in the living room! It won't be often that you can do that in quite the same way.

  2. I always thought it was "two dogs in the yard" also! What an amazing house ... I love that niche you showed and a lot of the other nifty features. And your picnic ... indeed, what a memory you made!

  3. Yes, it is indeed, a very, very fine house and I'm so excited for you. Sounds like you will be ready for the furniture arrival at week's end. So enjoy these posts.

  4. I love your new home...no ranch style home? (giggling--FL is famous for those "flat" houses, lollol...lack of character houses I call them).

    I really love your new home, truly I do and I am so happy for you and Tom. smiles (p.s. I am so jealous of your kitchen, smiles)

  5. Your new home is just lovely!! Please give us a tour when you are settled with your own things!! Lots of room for visitors and I know you are anxious for those visits to begin! Make sure you have fun during the process!! Welcome to Florida!!

  6. Looks like a lovely home to settle into...

  7. That is a beautiful new home Barbara. I love the blue color in the chair and the curved wall is wonderful. This will be such a cheerful home for y'all, it looks very light and bright. I hope you enjoy the South, it's a great place to be. : )

    Blessings dear friend!