Odd things I miss about our Philadelphia house:
- having a window in the bathroom. So nice to have it open in good weather to disperse shower steam, to have natural light, and as a weather/time cue. We have a window in our powder room here, but not in the full bath.
- radiators. I don't understand why these fell out of vogue. They are energy efficient and keep more humidity in the air. We haven't run the heat here much yet, but I'm not looking forward to the dryness and static. I'm sure the cats aren't, either. (Also, the radiators were such cozy window seats for our cats.)
- the front porch. Hanging out in the swing, greeting neighbors and passers-by, watching storms. We are also realizing how much dirt and debris were shaken off our shoes between porch steps and front door, now that we don't have as much transition space from outside to in.
- that it was built in 1919, and brick. We nicknamed it the Speakeasy.
- the cheesy faux fireplace. The candelabra suited it so well. Also, to me, a mantle really signifies "home." Good thing we'll be in Oakland for Christmas, because I don't know how Santa will get in to this house.
- our dishwasher. We had remodeled our kitchen and our dishwasher was new. The dishwasher in this house isn't bad, but it doesn't hold as many dishes and doesn't seem to get them as clean.
- hot water dispenser in kitchen sink. Tea in seconds. It was great, too, for washing out baby bottles, although we don't have need for that anymore.
- hearing the trolley rumble by, one block away.
Things I love about our Frederick house:
- because it's smaller, it takes much less time to clean. (So one might think we'd clean more often, right?) We also have a designated play room, so toys stay there. More or less.
- back patio w/ sliding door from the kitchen. I often carry Roo out after meals to shake the rice or noodles off her clothes. Loved sitting out there this past summer with a beer while the kids drove their push cars around. Shucking corn outside while the water came to a boil inside. Impromptu picnics.
- fewer mosquitoes in the back yard. It's much more pleasant to hang clothes on the line.
- no plaster.
- carport. I just like to say "carport." It's convenient for bike storage, too.
- washer/dryer. Came with the house. Some high-tech Amana h-e units. They light up like ground control and have more features than our Saturn and cell phones combined.
- hearing the noon and 5 p.m. whistles from a nearby factory. Seems so Laverne and Shirley.