House No. 11, Bristol, Rhode Island, Age 24
|You can see the apartments behind and to the right of the sign.|
House No 12, Gautier, Mississippi, Age 24-25
|Magnolia Oaks Apartments|
House No. 13, Newport News, Virginia, Age 25-27
This was a townhouse that we rented while Jim was stationed in Nortolk, Virginia. I was going back to grad school at William and Mary so we chose a place that was in between our two jobs. It was actually closer to Williamsburg which was a good thing because again Jim was gone about half the time. I felt sort of like two people when we lived here. One was a grad student with grad student friends and activities in Williamsburg and the other person was a Navy wife with Navy wife activities mostly in Nortolk and Virginia Beach. Jim and I didn't spend much time in this house together (in fact Jim was away on deployment for almost 9 months during the first Gulf War 1990-91), but I do remember having grad student friends over for Chili and to take advantage of my air conditioning. There was no air conditioning in the grad student dorms way back in 1989-90 believe it or not. We had our own furniture in this place for the first time and I also inherited my old Piano when Dad upgraded to a Grand Piano. I had my office in the back bedroom and the walls were so thin that I could hear my neighbor singing "I'm a little Tea Pot" to her daughter in her bedroom on the other side of the wall!
House No. 14, Newport, Rhode Island, Age 27-29
Jim's first shore duty took him back to the Naval Base in Newport, RI. This time we rented right in Newport ,since we could sign a year long lease it was affordable. We rented the top two floors of this wonderful Victorian house right on Broadway about a mile's walk from downtown Newport. There was a doctors office on the main floor -- and they were great neighbors--very quiet in the evening and on the weekends. We had this incredible front porch which was hexagonal with three open sides and three closed sides. I remember dressing up -- Jim in his Navy dress whites and me in my little black dress and toasting our relationship on our Fourth wedding anniversary -- the first one we'd been able to spend together!! We followed this by dinner at the Inn at Castle Hill. I was going to grad school at URI for library science and Jim was home a lot so we spent lots of time riding bikes and walking downtown to explore. I also cooked my first Thanksgiving turkey ever in that kitchen when my sister and my Grandparents came to visit.
House No. 15, Middletown, Rhode Island, Age 29-33
|Not our actual unit. We were on the ground floor at the back.|
Our landlord in Newport decided to raise our rent and only rent month to month so we ended up having to move during Jim's time at the Newport base. It was kind of a pain and we didn't have much time to find a place so we ended up back in more boring garden apartments in Middletown. So while we were no longer in walking distance of downtown Newport we could still bike everywhere and it was still near the base. It was a comfy apartment in a quiet building with a nice porch so it was fine. We actually had a dishwasher and laundry facilities in the building so that was a plus I'd started working too at Roger Williams School of Law Library so we bought our first real furniture which we still have and I remember spending lots of evenings drinking wine, and sitting on our great new couch with Jim.
House No. 16, Belmont, Massachusetts, Age 33-37
|You can really only see the house next door which was pretty much the same.|
Jim decided to get out of the Navy and go back to Graduate School at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Sommerville right near Boston. We found a great two family house to rent in Belmont. It was right on the bus line to my job at Harvard Law Library in Cambridge and and easy commute for Jim to Tufts as well. The landlord welcomed out first dog -- Maggie -- as well. This house had lots of character and built ins and great woodwork and our one bathroom had an old claws foot bathrub. I remember having fun planting daffodils and watching them come up for the first time, and taking Maggie for walks. We also loved the sounds of little kids playing in the park behind our house. This is also where we lived when Emma was born so it will always hold a special place in my heart.
House No. 17, Athens, Georgia, Age 37-43
|Front view of our house in Athens|
|View of the screened in porch|
|Milton road in snow|
House No. 18, Barrington, Rhode Island, Age 43-present (age almost 49!)
This is where we live now obviously. Jim got his dream job as a Professor at the Naval War College in Newport. We had a school age daughter to think about in this move and everyone told us that the schools were great in Barrington so that's where we decided to look for a house. We also already knew a family there who were great and helped us out a lot in this move. We ended up in our third choice house -- but I believe it is actually a better fit than the two that fell through. We have a terrific dead end street where all the kids play outside together and we live right next to a park and close to the bike path. Emma had friends to play with from the day we moved in which made this move a lot easier for all of us. My favorite memories here are probably again sitting in our Living room which is the coziest and my favorite of any of our houses, and watching and listening to all the kids play outside the window at the end of our street. I also love sitting in my adirondack chair on the back patio and reading and enjoying the garden. For the first time in ages I am only working part-time so have some extra time to do these things.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far. I'm above average in the number of houses/apartments I've lived in. Hopefully we are pretty settled in this one at least until Emma graduates from High School in June 2018 -- so soon!