We have been so busy that I was surprised when Austin figured out we have been in our new home for a month already! Actually, his exact words were, “I can’t believe we have only been here for a month. It feels like it’s been our home for a lot longer.”
We are liking the new space. It is a little smaller than the other house but we all feel so comfortable. In the other place, we just kind of existed, but this house feels like a home where we can live. The other house felt like a lesson in contentment. It was large and some people kind of figured there was something wrong with me not to like it. But the size of a house is not a determining factor in it’s “livability.”
Between having 5 snakes that entered the house at different times, killing approximately 500 scorpions in a year and a half (fortunately none of us were stung), always wearing shoes to avoid stepping on scorpions and other wildlife, the funky smells of a bathroom toilet that had roots growing up through the pipes, the use of a fraction of the kitchen to avoid the cupboards that had mold, going outside to clean bugs out of the washer before using it and the constant fixing broken things- I think we did pretty well.
“Well then, why didn’t you leave that house for another?” you may ask. The thing is, it’s not easy to find a 3 bedroom home here. And we have looked. Believe me, we have looked.
I don’t want to sound all whiny about the old place but we are really enjoying our new home. It suits our family well. We like all being in the same living space and not spread all out in a rambling home. We like that cooking, eating, relaxing is a family experience. And I really really really like just being able to sit on the couch (that doesn’t smell funky) and just… sit.
Some readers of our blog have asked if we lost our wonderful view from the old house.
We are actually a little higher up on the mountain and have a clear shot of the mountain across from us and the Colima volcano in the distance and a great vantage point of the lake. Our view does not fit into a single photo -it’s pretty panoramic in the truest sense of the word. We sit up on the terrace and watch the lightning storms put on spectacular displays in the night sky.
We really like the new place a lot. There are lots of windows that open up and let in fresh air (we had lots of windows before but they did not let in any air at all -plus, they were mounted backwards) The new house is painted bright colors compared to the drab we were in before. This is Mexico and bright colors are everywhere. Oh, and there are no snakes -in the house.
At least not yet! 😉