After living with my sister and brother in law for the past 10 weeks, I'm ready for independence. Darin and I got the keys to the house on Friday Dec. 16. We still ate dinner with them on the weekend. Barb cooked up some of her freshly butchered cow, mmmm.
Now that we're in the house, we see all the details we missed before. Darin has been working full time to get the place in order. We picked up our TV, stereo surround sound, dvd player, coffee maker, microwave, dryer, dishwasher, telephone, and some other stuff I'm probably forgetting. The dryer has to be mounted upside-down above the washer- fairly common here, if you even have a dryer. Most everyone hangs laundry on the clothesline. We will do this too but it's good to have the dryer for when it rains, as it does reguarly here, like today. He had to drill a hole in the exterior wall to put the exhaust duct through. He also put a latch on the sliding door from the kitchen to the laundry room, so we can confine the cats in there temporarily. The cats have a couple nice windows with wide ledges to look out into the front and side yard. We are trying to adapt them to the new surroundings slowly in hopes that this will avoid any behavioral problems.
I found the dishes and got groceries. My attempt to use the oven to make our first meal in the house was a frustrating experience. This stove is electronic and has no instruction book, and is not at all user friendly. Darin sat in front of it for 10 min trying to get it to turn on and stay on. He got it to work but is not sure how. We just got internet connection today, so we'll search around to maybe download instructions.