In the wee hours of Saturday morning, between 2 and 3 in the am, I arrived home from the Boise Airport. It’s a much longer drive now than it used to be, but I don’t miss the apartment. It had a variety of conveniences about it, but I used less and less of them. Oh, it’s near to lots of restaurants, but I don’t eat out anymore. It’s near to entertainment, but I don’t do that either. Close to the Greenbelt, but after a woman accosted my husband on it a few years back, we were both rather anxious about using it.

And so, I began my first full week in my new home. It’s still kind of sinking in that I am a homeowner, that all of this land is mine to do with as I choose. That I can change things about my house.

And oh my oh my I still need to buy furniture.

I thought it wouldn’t be that hard to just get by on what we had at the apartment… but we did end up leaving the broken ass couch behind as well as a beast of an old desk. We bought a headboard for the bed, an entertainment center for the TV and a filing cabinet for important papers. We still need to buy a couch of some sort so we can stop using our camp chores indoors as our living room furniture…

I think spending money is going to be one of the lessons that I learn as a homeowner. I’m not good at spending money. I think the years of being told to watch my mom’s spending when I was a kid has made me very paranoid about spending. But right now, we’ve got to spend money, on a wide variety of goods and services. It’s going to take some getting used to, but I think I’ll figure it out.

The weather continues to be beautiful, even as the afternoons begin to get hot. Heat was expected, and I also expect it will get hotter. I may have lived in Boise for most of the years I’ve spent in Idaho, but I have also been backpacking for about ten years. I know that it gets HOT out in the country at times.

I still haven’t met any of my neighbors in person, but Ambrose is on a first name basis with the mayor. I’ll meet people eventually. I’ve got a haircut appointment next week, so that should get me some introductions. I’m excited to continue to learn about my new hometown, and to continue to put down roots at my new home.

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