Sunday Bookends: Things I’m already sick of, new house, new books.

For those who are following along, we moved into our new house this past week and though it’s only been a few days we somehow feel almost at home already. Sure, there are some days everything feels a little weird and surreal, maybe even a bit disorienting because the house and the neighborhood are new to us. For the most part, though, we are settling in well. It probably helps that we are 10 minutes from the house I grew up in and the house where my parents live now (which was actually my grandmother’s house when I was growing up.)

In a lot of ways, this house has features I’ve always wanted in a house, including a tiny bathroom. You know what I mean, right? One of those bathrooms that are so small it’s equally cute and claustrophobic-inducing? Yeah, I have one now. Just one tiny door, one toilet, and a tiny sink and no windows. Cooool. Yeah, I know, I’m weird. I’d take a photo of it for you but .  . . uh, it’s tiny. I did take a photo of the cool wallpaper and decor though. I love how the people who owned this house before decorated.

We also have a gorgeous staircase, which I’ve always wanted, a banister my kids can slide down, large windows with beautiful light in the living and dining rooms, a wide-open kitchen, a front porch we can sit on (complete with a porch swing) and one of the best things is that there is a small space in our backyard for a garden.

Oh, and I now have this fridge that has a digital setting on the outside and on the inside, the light slowly brightens when you open it. Yes. Little things like that excite me. I know. It’s sad.

I’ve had almost no time for reading with unpacking, calling heating oil companies and the propane company and then weeping slightly on Friday when the snow started to fall. Yes! Snow. About three inches of the yucky, cold, white stuff. I was in denial, rocking in a corner when it started. I was also getting yelled at in an email by our mortgage broker because I didn’t give her a positive review in the survey her boss sent me. Yeah. That was fun.

I started About Your Father by Peggy Rowe last week but literally got two pages in before I fell asleep, not because it is boring but because I was so tired that day from all the moving and getting adjusted. I can’t wait to read more of it this upcoming week.

I haven’t been able to work on my books at all with everything going on and just as it started to settle down my computer died. Luckily the stimulus money will help me buy a new one (and luckily my son is letting me use his to write my blog posts until it arrives.) Maybe I will actually get to finish Chapter 3 in Fully Alive next week and hopefully Chapter 4 in The Farmer’s Daughter. Who even knows at this point.

I’ve been posting some on my blog, but I won’t lie: I’m not reading a lot of blogs. Part of the reason for this is there has been no time with the move and all the drama that has gone with it. The other reason is I’m flat out of sick of talking about You Know What and I don’t read many posts where other people are talking about it.

I’m tired of sappy “we’ve got to stay strong” posts (even if I understand and agree) and posts that regurgitate facts that aren’t even facts because the “facts” change every single day. One day it’s “don’t wear masks they don’t help.” Less than a week later: “Wear a mask or you’ll die!” In PA it’s now: “Wear a mask or you’ll go to jail.” So, yeah, that roller coaster has been “fun.”

I’m already sick of the term “social distancing,”, DIY face masks tutorials, Facebook posts lecturing people, blog posts lecturing people, family members lecturing other family members (no, not in my family, don’t worry. This isn’t a veiled comment against my family!) and Americans seeming really, really happy being told what to do and what not to do. I did, however, enjoy this Youtube video that was not your traditional DIY facemask tutorial.


I had to run to the Dollar General yesterday when my husband forgot his wallet. The plan was to meet him outside but he wasn’t outside when I got there so I had to grab a face mask and head on in to find him. It was so apocalyptic in there with people all walking around with masks, glaring at each other. There was one couple without masks, violating the signs on the doors that stated the governor has made it mandatory to wear masks in the store, smirking at everyone else. I wasn’t sure if I should be mad at them or not, since, like I said, the recommendations change every few days.

Plus, I’m tired of being offended and outraged about everything like the rest of the world. In other words, I decided to let them do their own thing and be their own people. I know. I’m awful.  How could I let others live their own lives instead of living it the way I think they should?

Yes, I may have a little bit of sarcasm issues today.

I thought I’d share a few photos I took over the last week or so, some at the new house, some at my parents. I had to pull these off my DSLR using the phone so I’m not sure if the quality will be great, but, eh..whatever.

So what have you all been doing, watching, reading,  and how are you handling life with all this craziness? Let me know in the comments and yes, I will read them, even if they do have to do with You Know What. I’m merely taking a break from that topic, when I can, not boycotting it all together (mainly because there is no actual way to do that!)

13 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: Things I’m already sick of, new house, new books.

  1. Seeing the picture of your dog is like looking at mine, again. It’s like a memory jolt. ❤

    😀 I tried to write about the sunny side of ‘COVID life.’ I’m with you. I’m also happy you’re in a new house! Yay!


  2. Congratulations on finally being in your new home! I love all of your photos!! And, yes, I am currently reading your fiction series to help take my mind off of the “you-know-what.” 🙂

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  3. So glad to hear you’re in your new house, especially with all the drama going on about it! It must be so exciting! I’m so sick of this thing, too. Thankfully, I’ve seen fewer posts about it lately, but Facebook just seems like a breeding ground for all sorts of crazy information.


  4. I always liked big windows and tiny bathrooms. I haven’t had a lot of time to visit sites either. I am taking a little time out today to visit some of you all and post something new of course. I get what you mean when it comes to the rules and how they keep changing. I write about the virus to get it out now and then but I have nick named it the red monster. Maybe this is just my own way of coping with the fact that I hear it’s regular title too much and it triggers me but I still need to get it off my chest as they say and vent now and then. I need to remember to add trigger warnings on some of my post and then there is the fact that sometimes I will start writing about one subject and ramble on about that virus…I do try not to go there though. Love all your photos as always. They remind me that life goes on and there are beautiful moments in it all the time. Your photos remind me of that giant magazine, you know. Life magazine. I loved looked through that back in the day. You and your family stay safe and have a beautiful Sunday in that new home of yours too.

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    • Thank you for the compliment on the photos. I always wanted to shoot for Life Magazine, to be honest. I always thought I’d travel the world. Oh well. Such is life, I guess.

      We have a tiny bathroom downstairs and a larger one upstairs, which is nice. Our old house had a bathroom and a half but neither were very large. Oddly, the tub was bigger in the old house, with the smaller bathroom, and the tub here is smaller but the bathroom is bigger. Oh well. Win some, lose some 😉


  5. Yay for your new house!!! So glad that you have settled in so quickly, that has to be a good feeling. 🙂 And I am soooo jealous of your porch and natural light! 🙂

    Your photos are lovely!!!

    And your mortgage broker sounds like she does not deserve a positive review – I would for sure forward her mean email to her boss…..

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  6. SO glad you are in your new house. And I feel ya…I am sick of all the you know what things. I love reading something else and sharing your good news!

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