There were a few I liked better, but the prices have skyrocketed in the past 6 months, so this is our 3/2 in a great neighborhood. We're working out the details now after the inspection turned up some not serious things, but things that need to be fixed nonetheless.
Now that we're back in Florida, we face the rest of the considerable packing up and selling this house. My husband is 64 and I am 61, so it is slow going, but we're making a dent every day.
I have to say, though, that at times we get discouraged by finances, time limits, our physical limits, and what sometimes feels like an impossible and endless task.
I keep imagining where I am going to put the various things I am packing, so that helps. The weather in Boise was quite hot, but dry so it felt much better than South Florida hot. We were able to stand it better and the skies were blue as blue could be. We went up to Bogus Basin, the road winding up and up and around. At the bottom of the mountain, it is dry and desert-like, but lovely. There are plants I have to learn all about, but I already know Sagebrush. I picked a small bit of it and the smell was more powerful than pine from a Christmas tree - and delightful. As we traveled farther toward the top, we entered the National Forest which is almost 100% pine. The bushes and flowers along the roadside were different from the ones below. I love the outdoors and learning all about new flora and fauna. I saw what I think were House Finches with their pretty song outside our hotel window.
Summer is beautiful and it doesn't get dark until well after 9pm, and I have missed autumn for 38 years, so I am very much looking forward to that. We won't discuss winter yet since it is probably going to be tough for us, especially knowing how beautiful it is in Florida when it is so dreary elsewhere. Winter will be a good time for me to visit my mother who is 2 1/2 hours away from me now in Central Florida. Once good thing about our new house is the fireplace. My first fireplace and we are going to put in a gas insert so that it is easier to use and safer for the environment. Boise has rules about wood fireplaces that inhibit their use on the dreariest of days, when an Inversion takes over the valley and it is dark and foggy and cold and everything is black and white except the pines. I will need the fireplace at those times the most.
So right now we are living amidst boxes and boxes and filling up ever more boxes. But this, too, shall pass and we will be in a new and delightful place.