Having our own place again feels good.
My wife Krissy and I had to move out of our old apartment at the end of July. We found ourselves staying at her parents' house for at least two months. It could have been longer; I'm not sure. Strange things can happen to your time sense when you worry that you might be seen as the houseguest who just won't go away. But Krissy's parents are good people: kind and generous. They knew we were in a tough spot and we had no one else to turn to. We owe them a lot of gratitude.
We finally moved into our new apartment almost two weeks ago. This place is great! It's large and cheerful, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The second bedroom is my emergency shelter for when I have little or no immune system. Here we followed my doctor's advice. Our old apartment had one bedroom in the rear, which we used for storage. The front room served as our living room/bedroom/kitchen. It was like living in an efficiency with a very large closet. Our new place gives us room to breathe.
I took a photo of my bathroom the other night; as you can see, like our apartment, the bathroom is large. Just before we moved in Krissy got me some dolphin shower curtains. She knows I like dolphins because they're so intelligent, playful, and acrobatic. I love the curtains. They take the bathroom from cheerful to exotic. They also match the blue and brown color theme of the apartment.
Michael (our Maine Coon cat) loves his new home. It makes me happy to see him run and play for the first time in years. He acts like a kitten even though he's nine years old. He seems relaxed and completely at ease here, except when girls walk by the window carrying umbrellas. This happened yesterday. When Michael saw her he panicked, bolted to the second bedroom, and hid under the bed for half an hour. I think the term "scaredy-cat" applies.
Not everyone has dolphins in the bathroom, a cat who resembles a raccoon, and a wife who stands by you through years of cancer treatment. This apartment is already taking on our personalities, and I think it will be a good home.