We have been here for just over 2 weeks, but we have been working non stop and have a lot to show for it! As soon as I’m done sorting through pictures, I’ll be posting a lot of our progress on the house. But in the meantime…so far, this is what we have learned.
Home owning is expensive. You go into Lowes for wasp killer and paint and suddenly you’re throwing things like PVC cutters or welding gloves in your cart because while you are in that store-you have convinced yourself you can do things that you really have no business ever, ever trying to do yourself.
Moth balls. Get them. Why? Because they will keep snakes out of your bushes. I have already seen two.
Not to go to Walmart on the first of the month. It’s the day everyone gets their checks, if you know what I mean…and I think you do.
Exposure therapy does work. I still do NOT like spiders, but there are so many that I just expect to see them now.
A weed whacker is called a weed eater down here. Sure, if you say so…but they aren’t eating my weeds they are whackin’ them.
Make friends with people who have other “toys” than you, so you can use theirs and not have to buy a $20,000 tractor to do yard work. I’m sorry but $20,000 for a tractor? It better also serve me breakfast in bed.
The reason our dryer was broken was because it was on “Air fluff mode.” Sadly, it was the repair man that broke that news to us. Walking away from the laundry room was like the walk of shame. Except mascara wasn’t streaming down my face and I still had my shoes on. But it was still really embarrassing.
Just smile and nod a lot. People are going to say a lot of weird things. For example…cashier boy hands me my peppermint patty that I saw in the checkout line and hafta have because placing those items soo close while you wait is PURE genius. He says to Dan, “I’ve never been married, but I have 3 divorces under my belt. And I have learned never to come between a woman and her chocolate.” Yes, all good advice cashier boy because it has been documented that the female head can spin around if she goes to eat her chocolate and all she finds is wrappers. Cashier boy keeps over sharing and I am about ready to charge for having listen to his deep-seated issues, but I just smile and nod and decide I will never let him check me out again.
It took 2 hours, and several large holes in the wall for two college grads to hang a mirror. I’m not telling who those two were. Hint; they were smokin’ hot!
To be honest, I was nervous about the transition and the cultural shock of coming from busy NJ to rural VA. But it has been fun so far and we even made friends who are coming over for dinner tomorrow. Now someone needs to teach me how to make sweet tea ASAP because I was just gonna dump buckets of sugar into Arizona iced tea.