Thursday, May 30, 2019

Cape Cod House

{Updated pictures and information about the Cape house for friends and family who might be interested in renting it.}

Our Cape house is located in the town of West Yarmouth, which is in the middle of Cape Cod on the Nantucket Sound side. The beach, mini-golf, and ice cream are all within easy walking distance. There are easy backroads to Hyannis where you can catch the ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. The house is on a quiet street in a quiet neighborhood, but Route 28 with all of its restaurants and shopping is nearby. There are water views of the bay behind the houses across the street. It's an easy 15-minute or less walk to the beach, or a 2-minute drive.

The house has four bedrooms and sleeps up to 8-10 people comfortably. There are two full bathrooms, a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, a living room, and a finished basement with a rec room and ping-pong table. There is internet and cable TV. Each of the bedrooms has a window air-conditioning unit and they cool down the house nicely in the summer.

Front of the House











Back of the House



The backyard is completely fenced in with a new fence. There is also a patio table and chairs, a propane grill, a private outdoor shower, and a laundry line for hanging wet swimsuits and towels.













The Living Room





Main Floor Hallway


The Kitchen









Main Floor Queen Bedroom









Main Floor Twin Bedroom


  


Main Floor Bathroom


This shower has jets in the walls.

Upstairs Queen Bedroom




Upstairs Twin Bedroom







This room has a fun little "secret hideout" room under the eaves that kids enjoy playing in!

Upstairs Bathroom



The Basement

(This is what the basement looked like before it was remodeled!) 



The couch folds out into a double bed.



 The laundry room is in the basement.
 
And that's the house!

You can ask me for information about rates and availability. We only rent to family and friends, and we do so for at least half the rate that is typical of the Cape. The house is available year-round, at a higher rate from Memorial Day to Labor Day and at a lower rate for the rest of the year.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Oh Where, Oh Where Can They Be?

Over the weekend I sensed some kind of a disturbance in the force, and it took me awhile to put my finger on what it was. Then when I woke up on Sunday morning I realized what it was: my phone pictures from part of last year are missing! 😮 I uploaded them to Shutterfly from my phone months ago but when I went through my Shutterfly photos to put them into files for blog posts for last May and June, I realized when I had my Sunday morning epiphany that the cell phone photos weren't there. But my phone photos were on Shutterfly for earlier months, so what happened to the other months? (Is anyone besides me following this?)

I don't know what happened to them, and I don't know where to find them. The Microsoft/Windows Photo Gallery I used on the computer disappeared when the computer was fixed a few months ago and I don't know where or how to find it. I may have uploaded the phone pics to that as well as to Shutterfly but that does me no good when Photo Gallery has pulled a disappearing act. I delete most pictures from my phone once I upload them, so I can't get them there. As for the cloud, I still don't entirely get how that works and I don't know if my photos would be there anyway since I deleted them from my phone, or how I'd even get them if they were. My last path to photo recovery is using whatever phone pics I posted to Facebook in the past. It's not ideal, but at least it's something. I hate losing photos. I miss the old days when it was still only digital cameras. It was so much simpler--you just took pictures with your camera and uploaded them to one or two places and you were done. Progress and innovation are not always true progress and innovation, in my opinion!

So this week I'm on the case of the missing phone pictures. Technology seems to enjoy throwing curveballs into my life, and I keep swinging and sometimes hitting and sometimes missing. Hopefully I'll get a hit here! 🤞

Friday, May 24, 2019

Five Things for Friday

1. I wasn't going to do a Five Things post today because my plan was to do an updated post about the Cape house for "advertising" purposes for friends and family who might be interested in staying there. I've been meaning to put that post together for a few months but I've been dragging my feet about it. Why, you may ask? On the one hand, I want people who I know to use our house and enjoy the Cape and get a good deal, and it's also great for us to make some money from renting it out. But on the other hand, I like to keep it private and have it be our vacation home and not a rental property, so I don't exactly enjoy putting it out there on Facebook and the like. But renting it does help pay its bills and I'm happy to share the house with friends and family (most of the time 😄). So my new goal is to have the updated post about the house done next week. We'll see if procrastination once again gets the better of me, but I feel more resolved this time, at the very least because then I can finally get it crossed off my to-do list, and maybe get some more renters to fill in the still-available weeks this summer and beyond. 

2. When I was checking the pool filter baskets a few days ago a dead frog floated to the top of one of them and its eyes had rolled back in its head so it had blank white eyeballs. I was pretty horrified and the image has haunted me all week. Plus I feel bad for the poor thing; how horrible it must be to get trapped and drown like that. Thankfully John was with me and that intrepid young man plucked it out with his bare hands and tossed it into the woods without thinking twice about it. I'm serious when I say I only could have done that if my life or my kids' lives depended on it. I did buy a Frog Log to help the little creatures get out of the pool but I haven't set it up yet. I'll add it to my to-do list (and won't procrastinate on it!).

3. The Downton Abbey movie trailer was released this week and it looks good! Except for a certain storyline involving a certain gay butler (Thomas!!)--there is a kissing scene with him in the trailer that makes me uncomfortable (and no, that doesn't make me a homophobe!). Barring anything more than that, I plan on seeing the movie when it comes out in September. There will always be a special place in my heart for Downton Abbey. 💖

Edith is one of my favorite characters. How lucky she finally turned out to be to make a good love match with a marquess!  

The aforementioned Thomas!

I still wish Matthew hadn't died. He and Mary were a great couple. Her new husband is okay but I liked Matthew better. 

I'm not sure who this is, but he cleans up nicely (literally!). 

4. My friend posted this on Facebook a few weeks ago and it literally makes me LOL because it's true! 
The dino lady's expression nails it! 😂


5. In a follow-up to last Friday's mention of yard problems: the pool is looking a lot better this week but isn't ready to swim in yet (which is fine because it's not that warm out yet) and the water is still very cold because I haven't turned the heater on; the fire pit set is assembled and ready to use (maybe we'll makes s'mores this weekend!); and the new storm door for the front door was installed. I still have to call the tree company, and now I have to call a plumber for two water problems in the master bath, one with the shower and one with the jacuzzi tub. The "fun" really does never end! 


Happy Memorial Day weekend!