Getting settled in...
Thursday, April 18, 2019
We are mostly settled into our new home now. We need to fill the house with more furniture but furniture is so expensive and we aren't in a rush to just buy the first thing we see. We want to take our time and look around. I went shopping last week for furniture with my friend but didn't find anything that I liked well enough to spend money on. We have some consignment shops here in town that my friend took me too, I found a couch that I liked but it was white or nearly white and I don't want white furniture. I don't want to have to worry about it getting dirty all the time. My friend that was also our realtor told me that whenever a new housing development is started they have to have a model home for people to look at. So, they stage it with new furniture and then eventually sell the furniture to some of the consignment shops here in town. Also, every August we have what is called a parade of homes. The Parade of Homes provides you with a first-hand look at the current trends and greatest innovations in new home design. The Parade showcases the latest design trends in affordable living to luxury dream homes complete with every amenity imaginable. Of course, they have to stage these homes with new furniture too. When the Parade of Homes is over though they sell the furniture to these consignment shops as well. A couple of these consignment shops have an email list where you can be emailed when they get new pieces of furniture into their shops. They also have websites but I don't know how often they update them. Hopefully, I'll find some furniture in the not too distant future that I like.
I keep moving things around in the kitchen trying to decide the best place to put things. Last night hubby told me he wishes I would stop moving things around in the kitchen because he can't ever find what he's looking for.
I have so few things though, that I've only filled something like 1/3rd of all the cabinet space I have.
Last weekend we got several inches of snow just like we did the day we started moving our things into the new home. So I was in the kitchen last weekend straightening it up when I saw three or four crows in the non-fruit bearing crab apple tree right outside of the kitchen window. They were making lots of racket and it looked like they were really upset about something. Hubby came into the kitchen and saw them and also saw what they were upset about. There was a small great horned owl in the tree. I say small because he/she is small compared to the ones we saw on our property in southern Missouri. Still, he/she was big enough that the crows were NOT happy about it being in their territory. It was close to being as tall as a crow. The crows kept harassing it but hubby scared them off. He/she sat there for several hours and shook the snow off of it's head a few times and then eventually took off. I'm sure it could kill one of the wild rabbits without any problems if it wanted to.
This week I started going back to the YMCA again. The Y is only about 0.8 miles from the house. So, I can walk over there easily. There is also a big park and walking trails next to the park. They also have an area for people to play disc golf next to the trail and park. All of these things get used a lot by people who people who live around here. This particular Y doesn't have as many weight machines as the other Y that I was going to back in 2017 but it has a big wave pool, water slides and a lazy river. A gentle current takes you past fountains, buckets that dump water, and a whirlpool.
We've walked on the trail multiple times already. The trail is currently being expanded on the southwest end to tie into other trails. Currently on the northeast end there is at least one trail that it connects to and one on the southwest end but they want to expand it so you have many other options of trails you can go on from that one. Cottonwood Creek Park is one of the biggest parks in town. Many parents bring their kids to the park to practice soccer or play at the playground.