Wednesday, July 20, 2011
A New House
Florida and now have the papers in hand. We own a winter home in Florida and we are very happy about that for so many reasons. We will take a trip down again in the fall just to get a feel for living there and to figure out what we may need to make it truly home for us.
It is in Venice, where we wanted to be--about four miles from the beach. It is further away from the Sarasota County libraries. I may have to get myself a bicycle to tootle around town. My brother suggested a Florida car--you know, one where I could not see over the steering wheel. Three thousand comedians out of work and he makes jokes.
Maybe winters will get longer and longer, now. Our Vermont house has been very good for us, but it is a raised ranch. That means those pesky stairs. (My black and blues are fading now, BTW.) It also means windows that are a story and a half high. My ladder climbing days are definitely over. If I can't handle stairs, think how I could hurt myself falling off a ladder. Shudder. We are replacing windows one or two at a time--getting the kind that open inwards to be washed. For the rest, I got myself a squeegee system with an extension pole (Ettori) at the hardware store. I have noticed that the new, easy to wash windows don't get any where near as dirty, nor so fast, as those old, take-off-the-storms, wash-from-the-outside windows.
At least I did learn last winter that Mike knows how to wash windows because he wanted to see out the bedroom window in the morning before even getting out of bed. Shades drawn? No, that's why we live in the country. I guess he will have to adjust to living in a neighborhood.