In the meantime, I learned that the air conditioner didn't work so I had to have a new air conditioner put in; I sweated it out for a few weeks while I saved the money for it. My brand new dishwasher went out after two weeks and it was out of warranty so I just got that fixed today. I also purchased all new blinds for the house. While my washer and dryer were new, the dryer didn't work initially. It turned out the dryer vent was clogged. When I had the home inspection, the washer/dryer had not been installed so there wasn't any way to know. I had that fixed right away.
On the outside, there was a lot of work to do-I removed a ton of vines growing up on the house, had a few trees cut down and Scott and I trimmed a few other trees. Scott told me the neighbors were going to call me, "Mr. T" (he's the actor who cut down a bunch of trees when he moved to Lake Forest, IL and the neighbors were in an uproar over that). The house had been vacant a while so many of the trees were touching the roof so I had to get those removed. I planted six flats of pink impatients and I put in new mulch. I still have some more yard work to do and I need to put in some sod on the side yard. Landscaping will have to wait until the spring however for now, it's mostly clean and neat. I had to laugh because many of the neighbors commented on how great the yard looked and all I did was to clean it up and put some mulch down. They will really be impressed when I actually plant something! I painted my front door (will post pictures once I get the address numbers on it) and in general still have some work to do outside. All of this while cooking from scratch and taking care of Matthew. On to the fun stuff!
Claudio Rayes iron headboards, with all of the scroll work, so when I saw this black/gold headboard, I wanted it. And the price could not be beat. $40. Yes, only $40. Sold! The headboard was so heavy it took 2 men to carry it down and then Scott stored it for me until I closed on the house. Here is a picture of the headboard without the pillows on it.