Take Me Home

A little sliver of exciting news to share amidst the pandemonium: my wonderful husband and I have bought our first house!


We actually started the process back at the beginning of February – we weren’t planning on buying yet, but we wanted to start getting a feel for the area and tour some open houses. We ended up seeing this one on a whim and by the time we walked out we were sold. I spent much of my Ocala trip not just working and doing schoolwork, but negotiating a mortgage and getting things set up to make the purchase!

After some last minute hurdles that may have given me five heart attacks, we closed mid-March and moved in over the weekend. It currently looks like several bombs have gone off and scattered our belongings everywhere, but I’m totally in love with our new place.

The one semi-organized section of the house is my lil baking nook 🙂

Moving during a pandemic has provided a few unique challenges. Our washer and dryer will be delivered to the house, but they are not currently offering in-home installation. So getting those up the stairs and installed is going to take a while (I’m planning on going full Little House on the Prairie and washing stuff in the sink). Internet installation is delayed due to short staff, so I’m working off a hotspot until they can come out (fingers crossed within the next few days). We can’t go to Home Depot to get blinds and we can’t find the right drill bit to install curtain rods, so there’s very little privacy at the moment.

But you know what? Our new neighbors have been incredibly welcoming and I’m already in a group chat with them checking in with each other. The sense of community despite the times is a huge blessing. And we’re finding workarounds for these other snafus.

I’m so excited to keep settling in to our new little slice of almost heaven. If you need me, I’ll be gazing out the window.


PS because I know you’ll ask 😉 No, Frankie is not moving. One of my main criteria when house hunting was that we stayed within reasonable distance of our current barn where he could remain in excellent care. Especially now when I’m not seeing him, having that confidence in his care and regular updates is a huge weight off my mind.

12 thoughts on “Take Me Home

  1. Liz 03/31/2020 / 8:56 am

    Welcome home to Almost Heaven!


  2. Tracy 03/31/2020 / 10:35 am

    Pro tip for moving your washer and dryer: get “forearm forklift” straps — SO helpful. That’s how the installers got ours up the stairs. We also had to move ours in and out of the laundry room a few times (long story), but using those made it a BREEZE.


  3. Emily - May as Well 03/31/2020 / 11:03 am

    welcome to your new home! Take your time moving everything in and getting settled. Much better to figure out where you want things the FIRST time vs. reorganizing everything several times (ask me how I know!) haha


  4. Centered in the Saddle 03/31/2020 / 12:07 pm

    Congratulations! We ordered blinds online and the experience was pretty good! Also, do any of your friendly neighbors have the right drill bit for curtains? Welcome to home ownership! 🙂


  5. roamingridersite 03/31/2020 / 1:08 pm

    Congrats!! owning your own place is such a great feeling. Your neighborhood looks peaceful.


  6. Stacie Seidman 03/31/2020 / 2:55 pm

    Congratulations! And I guess it’s kind of great timing since you’re stuck there, you have can focus on making it your home right away.


  7. Bette 03/31/2020 / 3:56 pm

    Super cute!!!! Love your little baking nook and hope you’re enjoying the endless “free” time to get your house together 🙂


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