MK and I are back on our endless quest of finding a house. Her mother sends her links to houses that she thinks we might we like, but are wildly out of our price range. Yes, we find the stone tudor mansion with six bedrooms and five bathrooms aethestetically pleasing, but who is going to live here? The Brady Bunch? And who is going to clean this place and keep it up? Not to mention the property taxes on a house that size. If we lived in a house like that I'd shut off 3/4s of it during the winter to save on heat, so what's the point? Space is like time, and it should be used wisely.
Here are some things that we're looking for in a house:
1. Not ugly either inside or out.
2. Really an extention of #1, but no wallpaper. I hate wallpaper more than Bush (but not as much as Cheney). The wallpaper that one person chooses is never something that anyone else would ever choose, so then you have to rip it off the walls, which is a lot of work. Work that I don't want. One house we looked at had a very nice den, that was completely ruined by the mountain scenery wallpaper. A person could go mad looking at something like that, become like that guy in The Shining.
3. A functional fireplace. A real fireplace, not one with gas logs. Gas logs are a lie.
4. A yard. Bela needs a yard. She told me this very thing one day while chewing the hem of the curtains. She said, "I would behave more admirably if I had space to romp in and exhaust my boundless energy." She's so clever for a beagle, a breed typically not known for their vast vocabulary and reasoning prowess.
5. Related to #4, a garden. Fresh produce is wonderful, FREE fresh produce is the best thing since the glide tampon applicator. Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, carrots, beets. My attempts to grow silver queen sweet corn failed miserably last year after a violent thunderstorm knocked every single stalk down.
6. A basement that isn't a spider kingdom.
That's about it. We're not in a hurry to find a new place, so MK is really immersing herself in the hunt. I'm just along for the ride, and the viewings, and to look up the chimney.