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August 23, 2008



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No we did not fall into the toilet, as you may have assumed since you have not heard from us in a couple months. Sorry for the toilet scare but we were overwhelmed with wedding and moving preparations. 

We are now officially wed and relocated to Philadelphia. Our honeymoon was the 29 hour drive from Denver to here that we did in 2 1/2 days. Since we didn’t kill each other we figure that we can survive anything. We really like our new Philly house but have yet to totally unpack. The kitchen is the only room that I could safely say is totally unpacked. But after eating take out or sandwiches getting that done was key. The rest of the house is mostly setup although we haven’t gotten around to hanging anything up on our walls. 

On a green scale I’m not sure how well our house would do but since we rent we aren’t going to be able to make many changes. It’s all original hardwood which I suppose is good since there is no nasty carpet and while I’m sure the wood wasn’t sustainably harvested it has lasted 60 years and still looks great. The toilet and shower are low flow owing more to the plumbing then anything else 🙂 We don’t have central air, instead we have fans and two window units (one upstairs and one down). We do use them intermittently but when not in use we make sure to unplug them from the wall. The backyard gets lots of light but well it’s only about 10 feet by 10 feet and completely concreted over so I’m not sure how our container garden will do next summer. Thankfully there are some rooms that I think will get enough light to grow some things indoors and I finally have a kitchen window that would be suitable for growing herbs. The front has a covered porch which is the best place to sit owing to a nice breeze and the further shade of a large tree that helps keep the entire house cool. Philly does curbside recycling pickup which is great because there are no places to drop stuff off unfortunately they don’t accept plastic. While we limit our plastic use we do still generate plastic waste and it really upsets me that Philly sends that stuff straight into a landfill. As for farmer’s market well there are many, there is ever the Reading Terminal Market which has some “local” (Lancaster County) stalls that are open seven days a week. Public transportation goes just about anywhere and we have downsized to the one car and haven’t had any problems. Eventually when we get more familiar we will be able to bike around. Our house though in a residential area is only a couple miles from the most historic sections of Philly. We also have a church, small grocer and library within walking distance oh and a small park which our dog loves. 

All in all we think we will be quite happy here and now that we are pseudo settled we plan on blogging again. 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2008 1:40 am

    Congratulations on Marriage and the move to Philly. Wishing you lots of Happiness, Good Health, and Wealth in your Marriage and the time to enjoy it.

    You should be able to grow quite a bit in raised containers in your 10 by 10 backyard. Have you checked out “Path to Freedom” and how much produce they produce in the backyard. Make note of how much sun each spot gets as you will need at least 6 hours of direct sun to grow some things successfully.

    Good Luck and looking forward to your post from your new home.


  2. August 24, 2008 9:02 am

    Those peppers look fantastic. I love Farmer’s Markets. Good luckin settling in, It’s been 6 years since Mr Chiots and I have moved (before that it was once a year for 9 years). Hopefully you’ll feel at home very soon!

  3. becky permalink
    August 26, 2008 9:49 pm

    i think i owe it to your readers to mention that N. has a company car and J. has a motorcycle in addition to the one car they have downsized to. other than that i’m glad you two finally decided to entertain me again with your blogging and i guess i will also add that not only is san antonio superior to philly in that it doesn’t smell like feet when it is hot out (J.’s opinion) but we also recycle plastics 1-7 🙂

  4. August 28, 2008 7:27 pm

    I really like your blog including the great, perspective photos and interesting topics. What caught my eye was your photo of the frog since I recently wrote a post about chemical and frogs as they are often the precusor to climate change.

    Again, great work!


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