I hate that I don’t have a dishwasher. We live in a house that’s about 120 years old. It’s a Victorian that got converted into apartments years ago. Our place was the main living area of the house. There’s a big living room with large pocket doors to the now kitchen.
The kitchen was not the original and has this one tiny countertop with one sink in it. That’s it. I had to buy an island so I would have a surface to prepare food on. Oh, and the bathroom…it’s right next to that one sink.
The bathroom is about the size of a closet, and it has very thin walls and one window, which faces the back steps. There is NO privacy.
There isn’t a washer and dryer either. I tried to remedy that by getting a portable washer and electric dryer. The washing machine manufacturer must have thought they needed to make up for its size by making it mighty. The agitator is so strong it rips up our clothes.
And I don’t know what I was thinking getting a dryer that runs off 110. ‘Slightly warm’ is its highest setting.
So I can fall into complaining about these things sometimes…my husband would tell you, a lot of times. I know they are modern conveniences and really should be considered luxuries, but it’s hard to go back once you’ve had them.
And then I remember why I put up with these things….
Santa Barbara is a beautiful city. That’s such a simple statement to describe where we live. It’s said to be the American Mediterranean. The weather is just about perfect. Situated on a south-facing coastline, we enjoy 72 degrees most days.
We can walk out our door and go to dinner, have drinks, do some shopping or end up at the beach, which is only a mile and a half away.
The city is filled with the most amazing trees. I have a love for trees and this place has more varieties than any other city I’ve ever been to.
If you don’t want to go to the beach, there are some great hikes up the mountains on the other side of our town. Because of being on a south facing coastline, we get sunrises and sunsets that light up the mountains in gold and pinks.
I could go on and on about this town. And I’m not the only one who has discovered it. Because of its popularity, the vacancy rate for rentals is less than one half of a percent. So…. rents are high.
That is the trade off for having no dishwasher, washer and dryer and a tiny bathroom that offers no privacy. So my question for you today is,