The old family house is sold, and this Friday is moving day for Mom and Deb. I realize that change is part of life, but some changes are more difficult than others; this is one of those. I'm having a hard time letting go of that house, and with Mom moving out of town... it's a double whammy. It's almost like cutting the physical ties from Dad all over again, and with Mom leaving... I'm pretty emotional right now.
I thought I'd better take some pictures before I ran out of time. As I took these pictures, I cried. I'm such a baby!
The house is old, built in the early 70's and it has seen better days. Once Dad was gone, we couldn't maintain the upkeep and the poor house has lots of issues. It's in need of new carpeting, a new bathroom floor and toilet, it has termites, the roofing needs fixed, etc... but it was our family's house for almost 20 years... lots of memories in that house.
The main house is a large 3 bedroom, 2 bath with a garage, a storage shed, and an covered boat parking area with stairs off the back patio leading up to the one bedroom guest house. For years I lived in the main house with my kids and my parents lived in the little house upstairs. After Dad passed away, Mom moved in with me for awhile, until my sister moved in with us, then Mom and Deb moved upstairs to the little house.
The main house is still in the process of getting cleaned, so excuse the boxes, etc. The little house... well they are still living there as they pack and prepare for the big moving day Friday, so excuse their mess as well.
main house, front porch
main house from the main drive way
from front entry looking into living room
the view from the living room
kitchen, pantry area with temporary window covering
master bedroom with the original orange shag carpet... eeow! LOL
2 entries to this bedroom (1 from the hall & 1 from the dining room)
it has 2 closets, and a small bathroom
the larger of the other two other bedrooms
hall bathroom (wallpaper is not child proof LOL)
master bedroom's bathroom
(tiny with a shower, no tub... has a leak in the wall, hence the patch job)
the cabinets in the master bath... I painted the flowers years ago
hallway, from bedrooms looking into living room
small laundry room
nice big 2 car garage
garage, front view
back patio of main house with stairs going to small house
boat parking area
the stairs to the small house
back patio again, from the other end
view of little house from back of main house
view of big house from the top of the stairs
little house from drive way
back of the little house
looking down from the back yard of the little house
main house, coming up the drive way
bank side of the little house
the little house from the main drive way
the kitchen/dining in the little house
living room from the kitchen
bathroom entry from kitchen/dining
bedroom, entry to bathroom (left) and walk-in closet on the right
living room, different view
kitchen/dining, different view
living room, different view
It's in an awesome location, across the park's lake, set back from the road and surrounded by pine trees. The place has lots of wildlife to enjoy. Elk used to walk through our yard, and one Thanksgiving a fox sat on our back patio watching us eat dinner through the arcadia door.
Coyotes often yip and howl through the night, and one Summer a bear walked through the yard. Every night a family of raccoons visit to snag the cat food left out for the feral cats.... and the javelina as well. Rabbits, squirrels, doves, and quail are frequent callers. We've even had a Mountain Lion come visit, and an occasional owl.
Oh, let's not forget the Bald Eagle! The main house has a huge window with a gorgeous view of the lake, and whenever the local Bald Eagle goes fishing, you can watch it from the living room; I loved watching that Eagle.
Yep, I going to really miss that house!