Often attributed to Prince Otto von Bismarck is a famous quote that goes something like this "A man who loves sausages and respects the law should not watch either being made." He probably didn't originate the saying, but he might have said it. Reading through some of his other quotes, which are confirmed, it does sound like something he might have remarked.
Turns out the HOA rules also require two oak trees in the front yard. I'll get another one and plant it on the other side of the driveway, much further from the house. It will be a lot smaller - and it will stay that way.
I'm thinking we shouldn't even look at the floors until they are done. Really, people look around your house once, when they first visit. "Oh, what a lovely floor!" is what they'll say, because it is beautiful. They won't say "I'll bet that quarter-round is hiding some pretty nasty looking gaps, isn't it?" Or at least they won't say it to our faces. Living there, I'll look at the floors once in a while. Now that I know about the gaps, they might bother me a little once in a great while, but I'll get over it. The magic of the floor might be gone, though.
There's still some plumbing to do, and the shower in the Master bathroom needs to be re-tiled. I wanted to completely redo the shower, but we're running out of money for improvements and repairs. We still need to have some changes made to the closets. One of the big problems we have moving from our current house to the new house is the less storage space, especially the closets.
Darling wanted some sort of covering over the back patio slab to provide shade for her plants, but the HOA has some strict rules for those, and we can't really afford to meet their requirements at this time. Darling's back-up plan for putting a canvas tent back also is not allowed. We aren't allowed to put in a storage shed either (no free-standing structures are allowed).
We will have someone put in a sprinkler system, though. The new sprinkler system will have five zones.
I'm a little worried about our one outdoor cat. It looks like the HOA has some strict rules for pets too, which would explain all the dogs I hear in the neighborhood. Dogs can easily be fenced into a yard.
Darling is still recovering from surgery. Her Doctor told her it would be three to six MONTHS until she is mostly healed. I'm sure coordinating all the repairs isn't helping. Moving to the new house will be fine, but you can see why Darling is stressed and tired.
I'm stressed and tired just blogging about it.