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News Flash! We’re No Longer “Flashing”



This may be the single most exciting thing that has happened since our offer was accepted and we closed on our house. It’s amazing how something so small can make such a big difference. I didn’t even realize how much it bothered me until the blinds were up. The house is instantly more homey.

Apparently once I’m not subconsciously worried that the neighbors are spying on us with binoculars its much easier to relax and enjoy being home. I was pushing hard to get the master bedroom and bathroom blinds up – as far as I was concerned the rest could wait. But Ken is a doer and he outfitted the entire house in one weekend.

Our first weekend guests post blinds will appreciate it as well. Especially since the guest room is the only bedroom whose windows face east… now they will be able to sleep past sunrise.

Was there one small but impactful update to your home that suddenly turned it from just a house to a home?


The blinds are coming! The blinds are coming!

Finally, after two months of living in our house, we have ordered blinds.  As you are learning by reading this blog, like many things you may take for granted when buying a house – builder houses do not come with blinds.  And I’m not talking about pretty decorative curtains, I’m talking blinds – the things behind the pretty curtains that keep your neighbors from seeing you nakey.  Yeah, those – we don’t have those.

Not only do they provide privacy, from the inside but they also block things you don’t want to see on the outside. Like the lovely street post that shines right in the window by where you lay your head when you’re trying to go to sleep.

Did I mention how EXCITED I AM that the blinds are finally coming?  I will no longer have to get dressed in the closet.  I will no longer have to worry about street lights at night.  I will no longer have to worry about people walking by staring directly into our house.

Hopefully with the coming long weekend we will be able to at least get up the ones in the bedroom – the rest of the rooms are second priority to being able to actually say: “In the privacy of our own bedroom” and be able to mean it.