|'Screaming Eagles' patch of|
101st Airborne Div. (AASLT)
As many of you probably know, I met my wife when we both worked for Military Intelligence, in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
One off-shoot of this fact, is that we both grew used to an itinerant lifestyle. She and I lived many of our single-life years in army barracks. Before landing at the 101st, she spent time at Ft. Huachuca in Arizona, followed by a year in South Korea. I lived in Monterrey, CA for a year and a half, studying Arabic, then spent several months, each, at Goodfellow AFB, TX and Ft. Devens, Mass.
After my wife, Madeleine, received an honorable discharge, she moved out to where I (by then) was on an A-Team, so we rented an apartment in Fayetteville, NC, outside Fort Bragg, until I received my own honorable discharge. Arriving in Scottsdale, afterward, we were used to living in places we didn't own, so we continued to rent while raising our family.
A few months ago, though, we decided to use the G.I Bill and buy a house.
|Yep! This is the house. I know: It's pretty darn green. And the yard needs work. |
But, Mad likes the tree, and I'm not stupid, so the tree is staying.
As you can see from the photo, it's ... well ... green.
This has nothing to do with our military background. We suspect there was a sale on green paint, because several houses in the area are painted the same color. And, we plan to make some changes to the paint scheme, because -- frankly -- our years in the army provided enough exposure to the color green, as far as we're concerned. (Though we do like a nice green lawn -- something I'm going to get cracking on, next week, after we're moved in.)
|Nope, not this one!|
|Not Mine, either.|
The plan is, we're going to put my Backyard Writing Studio on this pad.
If you haven't thought of backyard offices, or studios, let me tell you: There are a lot of folks who have them these days, judging from what I found online. I've done quite a bit of research -- both in-person and online -- and posted some of the pics (above) that I found, to give you an idea of what's out there.
But, I don't think mine will look much like those. Not at first, anyway. We contemplated the idea of my building the thing, but I think there's an easier solution. We're still not quite sure yet, but I suspect my studio will initially look like this:
|"Duratemp Side Utility" building from Weather King. Interior unfinished. Priced about $4,000, including delivery.|
I don't do electrical work, so I'll hire an electrician to wire the place for plugs and lighting, as well as a window 110V A/C unit I plan to install on the side away from the house (and, an exhaust fan, of course, to get rid of my cigar smoke at times). I can handle the dry wall and flooring without any problem. In the future, we can decide if I want to upgrade the exterior, and maybe add a wooden deck around it or a pergola-type shade structure out front.
True, my Backyard Writing Studio probably won't end up looking as nice as those others, but the price is right, and it sure beats sitting out on my apartment balcony as the Arizona summer comes marching in!
See you in two weeks!