Back Again

I had to leave you for a wonderful visit from my daughter. Now I am back to being alone most days so I will take the time to finish the tour of my house. I showed you the outside of the house, the kitchen, living room and dinning room so I will go on from there.
From the kitchen turn right and go down the hall and you find the guest bathroom. This is how it looked in the listing ad. I haven’t done anything to this room. I do have rolled up towels on the other end of the counter so when a guest comes to stay over night they have all the towels they could want.
Continuing down the hall you come to the guest bedroom. This is how it looked in the listing. I have changed this room a lot. This room is now my library. I took off the closet doors since they no longer stayed in the track and were just swinging free and have put shelves in there for my books and genealogy books and papers. I put in my daybed and trundle so there is room for two people to sleep if need be and yet have a couch for people to sit on when visiting and add to the comfort of the library. As you see I have opened up the windows so lots of sun light come in. The front windows now look out onto John’s house. It is only from these windows and the front windows in the master bedroom that you see any other house. This house is set so far back that from all other windows in this house all you see the the greenery of the preserve or the six foot hedge on the side of the car port. You really get the feel of being in the country. I have Uncle Web’s chest of draws in here. I will leave the top two draws empty for guests and use the other three draws for library supplies and linens for this room.
This is the closet area. I took this picture before I was all unpacked now there is another book case in there along with the file cabinet. I have my family notebooks up on the high shelf. What you see for a bed there is the trundle. They had not yet brought over the day bed part. Now that is in and up closer to the wall under the window. The whole center of the room has to remain clear so when I need the trundle it can be easily pull out. It also helps to keep this room from looking too cluttered. On the wall to the left is another book case.
Next in line is the master bed room, master bath and walk in closet. I haven’t done much to change this except to clean and put in a single bed so I have more room. Right now I have a book case to hold my clothes and that will go to the craft room when they bring me my dresser for my clothes. The master as on the listing. I open the windows to the light now so the room is bright and pleasant. Because I have a single bed I have plenty of room for a sitting area in the big room. I have Aunties old pillow chest in front of the bay windows and when my dresser comes it will replace the shelves. Otis sleeps with me and he can’t jump out of the bed as it is too high so he has his own steps to get out of bed. He still can not go up the stairs as they are made of foam and he doesn’t trust them. This is the master bath. It is long and narrow. I haven’t done anything to this as it functions very well as is.
Going back to the kitchen going straight or left gets you into the living room and beyond that is the screened in porch. I haven’t done any thing to that yet except clean it. The back half of the porch, it is the same size as the living room. Front half. I don’t know what I will do with this yet. I have to wait until it gets cool enough to really spend any time out there. It has been such a hot, humid summer it is impossible to sit out there. It is not under air nor can it be since it all open. Off the far side is the patio. They left the table and four chairs so all I have to do is junk one chair that has the strapping broken and clean up the other three chairs and the table. Again I haven’t touched this yet as it is much too hot to sit out there. I don’t think I will use this area much as it is no fun sitting out there alone. Maybe when the weather is cooler it will be a nice place to sit when Patty comes to visit. It is very private out there and is set right into the green area.
Going back inside you come to the Florida room. From the patio you can look into the Florida room. This is my craft room. This was the last room I unpacked and much of my stuff is still in the boxes such as some yarn and all my cloth. The pictures I took of this room just show the mess I had. example So now I will take some new pictures and show you how it will look when I get it all sorted out.
Back again to finish up. Remember this room is far from being organized yet. I need at least the one large book case for my cloth and work to organize the different crafts. But here goes for what I have done. This corner is to be all my patterns. I have so many crocheting, knitting and sewing patterns and if I don’t sort them and make them easy to find and get they are useless and might just as well be tossed out. So I have lots more work to do in that corner. Next to the pattern corner is the sewing area. I wanted to get a folding sewing table but couldn’t see spending over $100 for it right now, then when Shanti and I went out for a walk with Otis on trash day we found at a neighbors the exact table I wanted to get, free for the taking so we wheeled it home and here it is. Right now it is opened up and I have two trays of puzzle piece on it. Later I will fold it up and move it against the wall and this area of the room will be empty so it will not look so cluttered and there will be a space to open up the table whenever I want to use it. This is the second bay window area. Here I will have my jewelry making area. I also have Auntie Thayer’s antique table set up to make puzzles on. I love stopping and working on a puzzle when I get busy. It is a wonderful way to relax so I will always have a puzzle to work on here. The third side of the room has the door to the car port and all my boxes of cloth and yarn. I think I want some shelves here under the window to put my odds and ends on but we will see as I get the rest of the room organized and neat. The fourth side is mostly the two big sliders. I will keep the sliders free and the area in front of them so there is plenty of room in here to work on which ever project I want to. As you see this is the largest room in the house.
I am not much for house cleaning and now I have a very large house to keep clean all by my self. Since I do not wish to live in a pig pen I have taken a couple of steps to assure all of you my house will be clean and welcoming for you when ever you come to visit. First I have Neide come once a month to do the high and heaving cleaning. She is a wonderful house cleaner and keeps me on the right track. Second I have Effy,
She is all programed to wake up and go to work each afternoon and she runs all through the house cleaning up the floors. If I leave anything out of place she pushes it out for me to pick up or she fights with it and I have to stop the argument. She fills her dust bin every day even when it looks clean here and she makes it impossible for me to leave a mess anywhere so every night when I go to bed things have to be in their place and the place is clean. When she is finished she parks herself at her station to recharge for the next day. Otis hates her as she just chases him around and won’t let him sleep when she wants to work.
When we lived at the Villa I made Patty a pillow to sit on when she came to visit but now Otis has taken that for his place to sleep whenever I am in the living room. One last thing before I close. Kathy asked me to show her some of the animals I have been making and that I will now sell at the craft fair in Nov and I thought this might be a good place to put them as all of you might want to see them too.
Here is Otis asleep on his pillow. At least here I don’t forget and step on him. When he sleeps on the rugs it is a different story.
Here is the mouse made from felt, the monkey and the hippo. I no longer have the hippo as I sent that to Prem and I sent the rabbit to her sister.
Here we have the Red Hen, the pig and the horse, the monkey and mouse are behind them.
Here I have the seal, the giraffe, the cat, the dog, 2 bears, the octopus, raw puffer fish, mouse, sea horse, crab, the shark, the elephant the cat and some apple fridges.
And lastly I have the cow!
Have a great day. My door is always open.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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