Here we have more space ... though, it's not a large house. The living room/dining room area is about twice as big and I have a nice sized kitchen that is separate. I really like the open concept with the kitchen as a part of the living area, but this is nice, too. In fact, in some ways it's better. You can't see the kitchen from the living room.
Our appliances are terrific. Love my oven. It's a GE gas range. Haven't worked with a gas range that has a gas oven, but it does just fine. The temperature is right on, so baking works. The dishwasher is silent. That's a real change. First off, it's not right in the living area; then it's one of the quiet models. We don't use it often, but when we do it doesn't interupt conversation. The washer and dryer are huge; means that we can do a week's worth of laundry in two loads. There are also outside in a bodega (storage room), so we don't have to hear them either.
We've been working with the gardeners on our outside gardens. Yes, I now have two gardeners. Guillermo is the one who has worked here for years. Nice, old guy. He loves to trim hedges, so that's his main job. One wall a week. I can't tell that he knows a lot about the actual gardening needs -- fungus, fertilizer, etc. We met Armando during the screened porch project. He is a Mexican American who came back to his home town to take care of his 96 year old grandmother. At night he is a security guard; in the daytime, he'll do whatever you need. He knows a lot about gardening. First thing he did was point out the need to treat the lime trees for a fungus. Then he showed me the spounge-iness of some grass areas. There is a need for more dirt there. He's identified plants and explained what they need, and he's great at weeding and cleaning up areas. So, he's coming on Wednesday to do the mowing, trimming, and other things. How lucky am I!
Sergio, our handy man, has continued to point out small issues and fix them. He fixed coating the porch roof with a membrane and red covering to keep the rain from seeping through the bricks. He's terrific.
Other than that, we've trying to get some friends here to see the new place. We've had John and Lynn over and our realtor, Barbara. Next comes Jim and Shelli. I have fun fixing a nice meal that includes items Gary doesn't normally eat. Plus it's great to see people's reactions to this place. It really is a little gem in the middle of a real Mexican neighborhood.