Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - Our New Temporary Home

Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is the gracious hostess for Outdoor Wednesday. Participants post pictures of anything that they might find outdoors. Come join in.

Several bloggers have expressed a curiosity about what my new apartment looks like, so I thought I'd use Outdoor Wednesday to show you. 

This is the entrance to the complex. These buildings were originally built three years ago and sold as condominiums. However, when our bad economic times hit, some units were rented. We are renting until our new home is built. We've been told that we'll be in by Christmas. Our son is renting a house one block away--right down this road. I wish that we could always stay this close, but eventually, we'll be seven miles apart.

It had just stopped raining before I took these photos, so everything looks clean and shiny.


This is the back door to our unit, and the one I prefer to use. The front door is in a dark hallway. I like to see the sunshine and green grass when I walk out my door.

The apartment comes with blinds in all the windows and a full-sized washer and dryer. It's a two-bedroom, 2 ½ bath. I have no idea why a half bath is necessary! The door to the right houses the air conditioner.

The place has new carpeting and fresh paint. It was all nice and clean which made moving in much easier. There's a dishwasher and a microwave in the kitchen.

We put a pretty little plant here, and I must say, it makes me feel more at home.

I can't remember what the name of this plant is, but we've had one before. It's an easy one for us to keep alive and happy. We simply water once a week with a weak fertilizer (as Tootsie suggests). I hope I've answered your questions about my new apartment.


54 comments:

Regina said...

That's a nice neighborhood Sally. Happy outdoor.

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Looks very inviting! Happy OW.

irene said...

Sally, thank you for sharing your new home.

Happy outdoor Wednesday!

Patti VZ said...

Looks like a nice place to live!

Becky K. said...

Do you feel a bit as if you are vacation? I would imagine knowing that it is temporary and all so new it would have that feel to it.

This seems like a lovely place to transition to your new neighborhood.

Becky K.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Very nice, having new must make it alot easier to move into, girl share the rain, we need it bad.
Molly

April said...

Looks like a really nice place to call home for the time being...the beautiful plant is the perfect added touch!

marty39 said...

I know you are enjoying watching your new home being built. Your temp home looks lovely. Keep us posted on the progress of the new place. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Sally,

I was so excited to see on my blogroll that you were sharing pics of your new place. Maybe I am just nosy! LOL!! It must be great to be close to family and yes, to me, even 7 miles apart is a wide expanse.

Your apartment sounds very nice and efficient. I hope all goes well with your new house being finished on time.

By the way, your plant is a Peace Lily.

xoxo
Jane

Joyce said...

Happy 4th of July in your new place.
Joyce

Crystal said...

What a wonderful new place! It sounds like a nice place. I hope you are adjusting well to you new home. It always takes me awhile to adjust to new surroundings.
Thanks for sharing!
Crystal

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, I love the looks of your new place! It is a very attractive complex, and I hope it will be a nice experience living there while you await your new digs.

Your plant is an Anthurium. I think that's the spelling. We used them in a HUGE arrangement along with orchids, bamboo, birds of paradise and other tropical flowers when we had an anniversary/birthday party (between our birthdays) several years ago. We decided to go tropical because we had out of state guests who were not used to seeing tropicals. It worked out well, too, because the party was in June.

I need to borrow your green thumb! LOL!

XO,

Sheila :-)

g.suzie said...

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your new home. Stop by to chat anytime, have a great week!

g.suzie said...

PS, Sal, I think your plant is called anthurium, if I remember right from a former horticulture class. . .maybe that is the scientific name for peacelily?

sara said...

nice to be able to picture where you are!!!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Sally,
It looks and sounds like a nice place to hang your hat till Christmas! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

Blessings,
Sandi

ellen b. said...

Looks like a nice temporary spot for you Sally. Hope Thumper or Dumbo don't live above you! :0)

Darla said...

Looks lovely, I would have to use the door where the green grass is too.

pk @ room remix said...

Looks like a great place to live! Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you enjoy your 4th of July.

Dixie said...

Sally... glad you got moved in... hope you house is finished on time! I don't have any idea on the plant name (though I think Sheila is right)... but it sure is pretty!

I spent a summer in Tampa one year when I was a teenager... It rained every day at the same time in the early afternoon... I loved it... the daily rain, the heat lightening, the beach, and a cute boy across the street are my favorite memories of Tampa/St.Pete... ;)

Blue Creek Home said...

Nice place to hang out while your house is being built. I know you will be glad when it is finished.
Rhonda

Marie said...

You've got a nice looking apartment there Sally! Isn't it so much fun to decorate a new place?
-marie

Mary said...

You are a nest builder, Sally. The flowers outside your door give you away:-). Have a wonderful day and enjoy the holiday weekend.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Besure and keep us updated with the new home.

Looks like a great place to crash while you wait.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

raxx a day in the life said...

Hey Sal, your home is in a lovely setting, and boy!, your son is really close!! I hope it's not an 'Everybody loves Raymond' type situation going on! lol!!

Your anthuriums are lovely and healthy looking, they come in a variety of colors!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Nice pics of your new temporary home. Glad you added a plant to make it more like home. Even if it is temporary, you should enjoy it, huh?

Christi

kbbryant said...

Sally, I've never been to Florida but you are taking me there with your blog photos. Now I can picture you in your new,temporary quarters. It would be nice to have occasional summer rain, it's so dry here...but so is our heat.

Kathy b

Barbara H. said...

Looks like a nice place. I'm with you about the door -- I don't want to come in through a dark hallway.

A half-bathroom is necessary when one needs to use the bathroom and the main one is occupied. :-)

Neas Nuttiness said...

Magiepie is correct - your plant is an Anthurium, which is also know as a Flamingo Flower or Tail Flower.

Looks like a lovely place to visit, but I'm sure your hose will be even better!

Clif said...

Very nice. I could live there. I'm excited about your new house.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Miss Sally...now girl I lke your new place looks very clean and only a few miles from your family is also great...keep us updated on the home building project...now girl that Anthurium from hawaii were my mama's favorite flower and evry time I would send her flowers I would make sure the florist add at less one to it...I had a whole spray made for her cofffin when she died...it was just beautiful and I dressed her also in Red to match...May you have a great Fourth my friend...keep smiling...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Judi said...

Hi Sally
Thank you for sharing more pics of your temporary home. Isn't it lovely to be so close to your son but you still won't be too far away.
Your flower is so pretty...I don't know its name too.

I hope your rain has cleared...you might guess we're having rain again today...rain..sun...rain...sun...rain...allll day...I don't know about this weather is all I can say.

Enjoy this lovely day
Judi

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

You have a very nice place to stay while waiting for your home to be finished. I love the pretty plant...I can't remember what its called either...senior moment?

bj said...

I love your new temp. home, Sally. And, girl, 7 blocks from your son won't be a problem! That is pretty darn close!
Yes, that little plant does add a touch of home.
What an exciting time in your life. I would LOVE to be living in an apt., waiting for my NEW house to be built. Very exciting!!
xo bj

Cathy said...

I'm glad you like your apartment, Sally. Your plant is so pretty.

Terry said...

Howdy Sweet Sally
Thank you so much for sharing the new apartment with us.
I love the sweet little plant you placed near the door it really adds a nice bit of color and a settled in look.
It must be thrilling to be so very close to your son :)
Enjoy your new digs as you await the arrival of a grand and wonderful new home for the Christmas season.
Have a blessed week.
Happy Trails

Charlotte said...

Looks like a nice place. I know you'll be glad to get into your new home though.
I received my Angela Hunt book today. Thanks again.
Charlotte

Mevely317 said...

Thanks for sharing your new digs with us, Sally! It's been such fun catching up, after being sans e-mail for a week. Just back from from Orlando -- and gotta admit, 7 years away from Florida, the humidity whupped us, big-time. My hat's off to ya'all!

PS - Loved the pix of your son with the 3 paper neckties!

Lorrie said...

Hi Sally, I really like your apartment. It seems like a great place to be while your house is being built. I agree it's nice to see sunshine and grass outside your door!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sally, Thanks for taking us on a tour of your temporary home. I had read that the housing market in the Tampa area is HORRIBLE.

George's nephew and wife got transferred from Tampa to Chattanooga, TN. They bought a new home in TN--but have yet to sell their home in FL...

Glad things worked nicely for you.
Hugs,
Betsy

Mrs. B. Silly said...

I love your little anthurium. I had some planted in my yard in FL. I love all the plants you can grow down there.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

You moved into a lovely area Sally! It helps that it's all new & clean. Are you on a single level with 2 1/2 baths? ☺ Diane

Carrie said...

It's good to know that your temporary home is so well appointed.

Carrie said...

It's good to know that your temporary home is so well appointed.

artis1111 said...

The fun comes when you get to decorate your new home for Christmas. That will be fun!!!.Hobby Lobby is putting their Christmas decorations out now. hehe Kathy

Coloradolady said...

This looks like a beautiful place. You will make it feel more like home with time. Your plant is really pretty. I can not grow those, I kill them, over water is my problem I think.

Itajeff @Something To Share said...

Hi Sally...
Thank you for sharing with us your new apartment...its look very inviting and a very nice place to live. I'm glad things are worked nicely for you.

Have a nice day

Lots of luv,
Ita

Barbara said...

Morning Sally, I am running a little behind, but just wanted to drop in and say hello. The apartment sounds nice, but I know you can't wait to get to your new house. Have they start building it yet.

Happy 4th of July to you and your family.

Barbara

Charli and me said...

I can only imagine how happy you are living so close to your son. Your apartment looks like it's going to be very cozy with it's fresh paint, new carpeting and all. I love your flower. It's just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

How great that you found a comfortable place to live while you wait for your new home to be finished. It is wonderful how the addition of a little plant by the door can make us feel like we're home. laurie

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Hello Sally,

Your apartments looks real nice. And i like very much your backdoor area :-)

The plant is called anthurium. I won't forget cause I see them all the time . . . ok maybe most of the time. I like how the flowers look like plastic :-)

Charity Joy Bell Childs said...

Put more plants, Sally! :)

Sara said...

Sally, glad you are enjoying your new temp home. Hope to see you in church soon!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Looks like you have a great place to live while you're waiting for your new home to be built. I am really glad that you are so happy being near the grandkids.

Sorry I haven't visited in so long. I still don't have my computer working and this borrowed one is excrutiatingly slow. It can take over 5 minutes for a page to load some days, and then it still won't scroll, and it freezes a lot. On days that it wants to work, then I have better luck making blog visits.

Kady