Our home in Texas was in a nice complex that included laundry facilities and a pool. The pool seemed like such a luxury when I arrived, but by June I was of the opinion it was absolutely necessary. It made cooling off in the middle of the day a true highlight of our time there. Everything we had fit into a 300 square foot efficiency apartment.
What we should have learned in this apartment is that white space is everything when you can see everything standing in one spot. But as pictures of upcoming houses will reveal — I didn’t learn it until much later. But, as I look back on these pictures I see how little it really takes to feel at home.
Remembering this (white space) helped me when drawing up our shipping allowance list. We will be looking for a very small home. And I don’t want it to feel cramped and small, but rather open and spacious.
Our apartment complex was “way out” on the 1604 (near where Sea World is today). There wasn’t much around but scrub at the time. We took long walks in the scrub, and drove miles to run errands. At the time it didn’t bother me because I really didn’t have anything else to do while Kelly was at training.
Our next few homes were much closer to Kelly’s work and errand running sites. Our current home is “way out” and it takes 20 minutes to get to the nearest gas station and grocery store, 40 minutes to get to Target, bookstore, etc.
Each time I have to go to town, I prepare for a long day. It is better to clump all my errands into one long day. As the years have gone by, I find that I really don’t like being so far out. Don’t get me wrong, I love our little place, the quiet, the space, but there are days (many days lately) when I long to hop on my bike and take care of my errands.
This move we hope to be centrally located to public transportation and markets. Walking, biking, and public transportation (and Uber) will be our primary modes of transportation for a year or more. We even plan to use our bikes (with a trailer) or a pull-behind garden wagon for running our marketing errands.