I watch House Hunters on HGTV a lot. I love to guess which house they will choose. Mostly, I am always interested in how much money they have set aside for a house. Most times, they always go over budget, but, as they explain, the house was so worth it.
Before we moved to Colorado, I too set a budget on housing. The original apartment was right at my budget, in fact, a little under. Well, we all know how that turned out.
When we drove up into this apartment complex, I thought, "Oh dear, this will certainly blow my budget." While it is more expensive to live here, it's so worth it. And yes, I did go over budget. By $50. But, looking around yesterday, at my apartment, the spaciousness of the apartment, the fireplace, the view, (oh, that view) the grounds and the general feeling of actually living here, I thought to myself, yes, it was worth it.
I've had time to do my budget over, and found I can still afford to live here. I surprised myself that I didn't have to go so cheap. Sometimes, cheap isn't always better.
My drunk neighbors (as I've called them) are actually very nice people. They just love the spirits more than the average person. The husband works nights and sleeps all day. The wife putters around her patio, tending to her flowers. I was taking boxes to the recycle bin yesterday afternoon with my dog in tow. Sam (the wife) was tending to her beautiful flowers and asked if I needed any help. I said no, but, thanked her. she said, "Well, anytime you need help, I'm right across the hallway." I think she realized she had overstepped her boundaries. But, she is nice.
Later, while taking the dog out for a walk, I met my upstairs neighbor. She is very sweet. She had her brand new puppy outside and she introduced herself. She works nights. Her husband is deployed overseas. She said he comes home finally in November. Said it has been a long 15 months.
There are a lot of military living here. We are about 1/4 of a mile from Ft Carson and just down the street from Gate 3 to the base. Most mornings, you will see men in uniform leaving for the base.
The apartment is coming together. There is still organizing and finalizing of where I want my stuff to go, but, it's looking more and more like home.
Husband has been good. For the most part. He is in a constant state of confusion, but, happy in his own world. Wherever he has gone to in his mind, at least he is happy.
His eyesight continues to decline. It's been more present than in the past. He will ask me where the dog is, when in fact, the dog is right on my lap. He will come outside and ask me if he is outside. He will sit in the living room and ask me if he is in the living room. When he gets to the bathroom, he will ask me if he's in the right room to use the toilet.
But, he's happy.
Me? I'm doing OK. Worn out from the move, but, OK. For once, I didn't wake up at the crack of dawn. I slept until 7 AM.
Off to a good start already this morning.
And, a good day to everyone out there!!