What Does a “Forever Home” Mean To You?

 

Last weekend, we went to look at a house. It was unexpected and premature. We’re not at all ready to move (especially with an adoption in progress), but the house seemed so incredible that we felt we had to look “just in case.” It had all the things we thought we really wanted in a
“forever home.” So for, like, 24 hours my brain opened up to the possibility of moving way sooner than we had planned.

It turned out to be nothing. I’m one of those people who can tell within seconds of walking into a home whether it’s a yes or a no. I was honestly relieved because of the timing, but it definitely opened up a part of my brain and got me dreaming about the future. I wanted to share my thoughts on it and discuss with you today!

I hear people toss around the term “forever home” quite a bit. If you’ve ever watched HGTV you know what I mean. I’ve wondered if it’s realistic for me to find a home we’d live in “forever” and my husband, Jeremy, thinks it’s an absurd idea for someone like me to stay planted forever.

Still, the idea of planning for our own “dream home” appeals to me. Sure, no home is ever perfect … but I feel like good planning can get you a lot closer than poor planning. And I realized that if I don’t take the time to figure out what “dream home” or “forever home” means to ME then I won’t know what I’m searching for.

Our current home is perfect in so many ways. I always say if we could pick it up and move it to a different school zone I would. We are extremely attached to this home and the memories we’ve made here. It feels good to know we’re in no rush to move and that we can take as long as we want to shop and be really picky for our next home. Especially since we chose our current home after one day of shopping BEFORE we even lived in Nashville … that felt really risky! Four years later, we know the neighborhood options so much better and have a lot more perspective on where we may want to live.

Our current plan is to adopt our baby, enjoy our home and STAY OFF ZILLOW for the rest of 2019. Haha! But in the meantime, I want to use this time to really dream and plan what we would want in a future home—hopefully one we can stay in while our children are in school and plant some roots, even if it’s not literally “forever.”

I have a running list of random features that I would love in a home. Some are things we love in our current home and some are things we wish we could add (like SIDEWALKS in our neighborhood), but can’t.

I have a list of things we’d like to be near including schools, shopping, food, and a gym with an indoor pool for our little swimmer. Life with a toddler is quite a bit different from our life before and the things we’d like to live close to have changed.

This one is really specific to me, but I’ve identified that having renovation projects on the horizon is really inspiring to me (as opposed to doing them all before we move in), so I don’t think I’d want to build a home or buy a new build—but never say never! That looks fun too.

Choosing one style feels semi impossible to me! I love so many different types of homes and can visualize us in all of them. A part of me thinks I should narrow that down and a part of me thinks it’s better to stay open to possibilities. What do you think?

Do you believe in the idea of a forever home? And if you do, how do you decide what that means for your family? I’d love to hear your perspectives! xx.

  • I once read a Tweet that said Zillow is just Tinder for married couples. 😉 It’s fun to feed the fantasy, but sometimes you need to remember how happy you are where you are.

  • I know it’s not a perfect metaphor but I view a “dream home” kind of like a “soul mate” . It’s never going to be 100% perfect, but the important thing is that you appreciate what you have and see the beauty in where you are…otherwise there’s always a reason to be discontent!

  • I love the idea of a dreaming up the perfect home for me and my husband. I don’t like the idea of living in one place the rest of my life though, but dream homes don’t have to be forever!

    For us we want a house in the woods on 5+ acres with river access. I really want a bedroom that has a huge window facing east so each morning I wake up with the sunrise. And for there to be plenty of trees and walking trails on the property. A swimming pool would be great too (one of my house goals is to be able to swim nude, ha ha!).

  • Well I had a vision, a totally unrealistic vision, because of the way I was raised (I’m 65). I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, both sides, but way more on the maternal. I knew all my aunts, uncles, cousins, all the way down the the greats. I’d spend weekends and weeks at my grandparents and I loved it. I had the same vision, that because unrealistic when my parents moved us to Fla. And even when I was old enough to move back I stayed. Fast forward – I married and my DH family is all up north. NJ, PA, NY, NH etc. AND my vision was to have the grandkids hang with us like I did with my grandparents. WELL that is totally unrealistic because NO ONE is moving to Fl. LOL. So DH & I are selling our house, our new forever home is 38′ motor home and we’re going to hang with them some of them time. So my vision is sort of happening LOL!

  • We built our dream home 6 years ago, and while it was SO stressful, it definitely resulted in our forever home. My husband lives to remodel though. So what we did was prioritize finishing some rooms before we moved in (e.g., 12 foot tall great room with amazing custom built-ins, fireplace, and box beam ceiling), while leaving enough “undone” that he has tons of projects. So the pantry was left empty, and the first year, he built an unbelievable custom pantry. Next year was outfitting the garage with storage. Year after was custom woodwork in the guest bath. Last year it was ripping out the builder grade wood exterior steps leading to the backyard and replacing with gorgeous custom stone steps (and putting in an amazing pool and backyard landscaping, but we used a 3rd party for that!). This year, he’ll build a custom outdoor kitchen. Still on the list are replacing a fireplace mantel with an antique one; custom molding in the upstairs hall; a built-in desk in a nook in the family room…. Not to mention the 2200 square foot unfinished basement that will be done one of these days. So you can have both worlds, if you want them!

  • We built our house 3 years ago and are still making changes/renovations to it, but just before I was due with our fifth baby, I started searching for a house with about 500 more SF. I realized I like our neighborhood, and I’m not willing to move (yet). Our current home works while our kids are little, but we’ll need a little more room down the road. I couldn’t say what my dream home is, but I have a list in the back of my head.

  • This really got me thinking! I used to believe in this idea…but my family has a history of selling off our “forever” homes, even though we’ve lived in the same city. Since a lot of my life purpose is not only my immediate family but extended family as well (parents, siblings, and their children), I envision myself having a family estate like the one on Dallas (haha!) but I don’t think my entire family is ready to settle down yet. Or if they’ll ever be “ready…”

  • I can’t picture moving. I think it is so fun to look but without a bigger budget, I doubt I’d look seriously. We bought our home in the Boston suburbs and I said “we never have to move again!” The yard being abnormally large for the neighborhood and shady is my favorite part and location of walking to a few things: commuter train/library/convenience store make me want to stay put. I do hope we can make a beach house happen once we’re not paying for daycare anymore!

  • My parents still live in the house my siblings and I grew up in. They’ve talked about moving several times before when the neighborhood was in flux, but they were always depressed by the thought of looking for a new place when the house they were in was full of so many memories!

    It was actually my brother who picked out the house. He was just shy of three when we went to view the house. The building we all originally lived in was sold out from underneath them so they had to move quickly. My brother ran through the house shouting “I LOVE THIS HOUSE!” My dad looked at my mom and said, “Well, I guess this is the one then.” And it was! The realtor and his wife ended up being our godparents too! 34 years later there is still plenty of work to do be done on it. But ohhhh if those walls could talk! 🙂

    • Jenna – what a beautiful & heartwarming story…I can see why your parents would have a hard time leaving that home too! My parents have lived in the same home for about 40 years now, which is an old farmhouse that they restored on a 400 acre farm, and I don’t know if they can picture ever leaving it either. One thing they did do is buy a small vacation home about a decade ago in a warmer state, and every year they go there to get away from the snow and the cold…and they’ll get visitors from back home once in a while that are also there to get away from winter, which is a lot of fun for them! Perhaps that’s something your parents could consider to scratch that itch. I know my parents sure enjoy that!

  • I definitely believe in the concept of a forever home, but then you never know what life is going to throw at you that might change what makes an ideal home for you and your family! I definitely understand your needs changing with children. I just adore your current house so much. It is beautiful and warm and I feel like you’re creating a magical environment for Nova (and soon Marigold!) to grow up in. If you do ever move, I will be sad to see this house go but definitely excited for your new home because you have such amazing taste!

  • I always dreamed of buying our “forever home” because I just loved the way my grandparents house felt. They lived there their entire lives (it was the house my grandma grew up in even!) and I just have so many memories there… and want the same thing for my kids and grandkids someday! I know it’s a little unrealistic, and maybe I’ll feel differently in the future, but I just LOVED their lives, and that house. I smile every time I drive by when I’m back in my hometown.

  • I want to believe in a forever home! My husband definitely does, but I’ve been trying to coax him out of that mindset a bit, only because it seems like it can cause some decision paralysis for him. We are realistically about a year away from buying because of where we’d prefer to be financially at that time, but are beginning to look so that we know what our options are in our budget range. We have a broad idea of what we’d like, what are must haves and can-live-withouts but I love the idea of making an actual list that would keep us on track once we’re seriously searching. And bonus: the hubby loves lists and analyzing, so I think I have our over-wine-and-dessert activity for the weekend! 🙂

  • The term “forever home” has always made me cringe. It came off so privileged and precious. As a military kid, I was used to the idea that no home is “forever”- you never know what life will bring. But now that we’re looking for our next house to be our home for the next 15-30 years, I have more sympathy for the term.

  • I had never thought of what “forever home” really means. I know I’m the kind of person who believes life changes and I need to be open to those changes. Your idea about having a home for a specific time in life is really a neat one. I think our first “dream home” is one where we want our kiddos to grow up and then I think our “dream home” for retirement is much different and probably smaller. Something that gives us the freedom to travel and explore without a lot of responsibility. This was a fun, thought-provoking post. Thanks!

  • I definitely believe in forever homes and I think I already live in mine! By forever I mostly mean until our kids are grown, then we plan to travel RV style and/or get a condo on the beach. My husband however looks at our house value often and I worry when it gets to his magic number he might convince me I do not want to “die in the house” which I said when we finished unpacking.

    Since you mentioned school zone does that mean the kids will attend public schools? If that’s invasive sorry! I just find t fascinating to pick peoples brains on their preference.

  • As we are 4 years into the process of building I’ve realised that there is a huge gap between our dream home and our forever home. Our dream home has a long list of features and quirks that are things we covet. Our forever home is about all the things we can’t easily change like location, neighbours, essential structure. We are trying to build the forever home in the knowledge that it will become the dream home through the passing of time and creation of a family history.

  • We’re currently getting ready to sell our first fixer and shopping for our next home – our “forever” home but not really 😂 My husband and I had this same discussion and concluded that we want this next home to be in our family until our kids are done with school (unless of course if we decide to finally move somewhere warmer 😉). Like you said, having kids changes our perspectives of what’s important, so I expect that same transformation to happen again once we’re empty-nesters.

  • We have problems staying off of Zillow too, and it resulted in us buying a new (old) home just 6 months after completely renovating our old one!!! I love Zillow, good luck staying off it. ha ha ha!

  • I absolutely believe in a forever home! My parents and I moved into their house when I was 5. They live there today (I’m 35), and my husband I bought a house two blocks away.

    Having my roots literally where they grew is so, so grounding to me, and my parents house will always be “home”. I love taking my kids to play there, and I love how my toddler has a crib in “my room”.

    My parents never repurposed our rooms, and we always feel welcome to return whenever we need. When my husband and I walked into our home, we instantly fell in love and made an offer at full ask 6 hours after it hit the market. Only later did we realize it was built by the same builders that built my parents’ home 80 years ago.

    I hope to offer my kids the same gift of a forever home they can always return to.

  • I believe in a forever home. But I am also working hard to stop participating and the more is better culture. Constantly wanting more and never feeling satisfied and content and happy is the worst part about American culture. Dollars seem to equal worth. kids need to have a good school system, so that’s a good reason to move. But otherwise it’s never going to be satisfying to have more or new, it will always be a race for the next thing or next home. And nothing is ever enough. Not a good feeling.

  • I like to think about the concept of “forever home,” but I am not sure if there is really a forever home I reality. Life is full of adventure depending on where you were born, where you grew up, or social contest/ culture, economic status. People all desire to live in a happy home where you can create memories with loved ones. But in reality, the unfortunate truth is there are so many people do not even have a basic home to sleep in or rest, like they have no family support… their forever home look a lot different than you and me. “Home is where your heart is. Growing up in China, I moved so many times (for different reasons). Then come to the states. Moved over and over. There is no really forever home for me. I am just thankful for having a room to sleep in, rest and relax and keep growing as a person. No one knows what will happen in next minute. Just hope everyone has a home where they can rest and relax….

  • When I think of a forever home, I think of giving our child “roots”. We are legal guardians to a now 13 year old. She lived in several homes before the age of 4 and joined my husband and I while we were living in Chicago. We made the move to Nashville 4 years ago and never looked back. We took our current home for a “test” run before buying it last year, we were able to rent it for 2 years. It gave us an opportunity to think about all the things we would update to make it our own. We love our neighborhood, and it will allow us to not be tied down to an outrageous mortgage so that we can still do all the things we want to do as we get older.

  • Home and house are different. I don’t think I will ever have a forever house, I love change and embracing seasons and saying yes to adventures too much to invest in staying in one spot.
    When a chapter is done in my life I feel the need to move to a new location.

    But when I hear forever home I think in terms of adoption and foster care.
    I like the term ‘forever home’ rather than ‘forever family’.
    Families ebb and flow and change. (divorce happens, birth families are can be lost and then found, death happens.) Adult adoptees get to pick and choose how they define family (which may be different than how their adoptive family defines it).

    But the idea that they were given the stability of a home as a child stays with them forever. The stability of parents who cared them, who made sure they had food and education and love, that’s what makes a forever home.

  • I think this is a 100% American thing. As in the need to even come up with a term forever home because in Europe if you BUY a home, it takes years of saving up and years of searching to find the flat/house and most people plan to live there forever then. Its only if you manage to buy a tiny flat before your 30s and later get a family that you sell and buy something bigger. I find it very crazy and wasteful how people change homes in USA. However i understand that for you it’s a job/hobby/passion to renovate old homes so that we could enjoy looking at your creativity – that’s totally cool!
    So to me “forever home” concept is natural – every home is beautiful if you have your family in it, it gets sentimental and hard to sell off years of memories.

  • When I first had my children I did think we would be in our home for a long time but then an opportunity came up to live overseas and when we came back we decided to move near the sea where the pace of life is slower. Now my children are teenagers the needs of the house changed. I hope we are in this house for a long time. For me it is learning to be happy and content where I am but also having a house that can nurture my family and be part of my community. Sometimes this means you out grow a house or area and need to move. I treat every house as a forever house until I need to move as it means I really invest in the house and life there until it is time to go. Otherwise as an incredibly restless person, I’m always looking for the next thing and this is not good for my family. Hope you enjoy the next part of family life with your little family.

  • I sometimes think we are already in our ‘Forever Home’, HA! We are also going to check out another house next week and although we LOVE it, it doesn’t have the same qualities this house has. We have an extra kitchen, a big yard where the kids can play and which has an amazing view, which is rare where I live. Next to the house there is an extra room where my husband works out. All those plusses we can’t seem to find (yet) in another house. So I think we will sigh next week over that pretty 1700’s house and go back to our 1960’s house. It still has room for renovation though and I think if we will stay, we will renovate our kitchen and do a whole new paint-job on the inside. We’ll see. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t!

  • Haha… that`s quite funny… In Germany it is common just to have “one forever house”… sure, when you have to move away, you change your house. But actually everyone else plans to built/buy/plan a house for a lifetime… 🙂 We`re planning our house now for our family with two small kids (5years an 9months old) and i tried to plan the roomfloor of qur house with a lot of possibilities to change when the kids grow up or even move away for college… Greetings!!!

  • We’ve been in our house for 3 years and are planning on probably about another 10. It’s not a forever home but it’s not a short term thing either. We’re over halfway now through a BIG restoration. The house is over 300 years old and needed a lot of love.

  • We are already in our forever home. It’s nothing fancy, a semi detached 1930s 3 bed. But it’s plenty big enough for us forever, it has pretty much everything we want and aside from an enormous lottery win happening I don’t see us ever moving. We bought it from the children of the old couple who had lived here for fourty years. My goal is to be happy here and grow old here like they did!

  • So, I’m from Germany and it apperas to me, that finding your “forever home” is way different here than in America. I do live in a smaller town in the southwest of Germany. The next kindergarten and school are a five minute walk away from our home. Also the gym, grocery store, gas station, library and everything else that’s quite practical to have around. And as long as you don’t live in a super small village, this stuff usually is directly around the corner, no matter where you live – as all in all, everything is much smaller than in America here. So in Germany people mostly don’t move to have a better or more practical environment. The main reason why people usually move is, that they either want to live in a bigger flat/house, or they want to buy their own home. And as the real estate prices (and rents!) are extremely high here (I mean, BRUTALLY!), you don’t really have a wide range of possibilities. Most of the Germans are rather desperately searching for a home they can afford. I’d say that in Germany most people only buy a home one or two times (maximum!) in their live. So I’m finding it quite fascinating, that you are probably going to sell your house again. Especially because I think that it’s absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

  • My parents are still in the house they built before I was born, and my husband’s parents are in the house they have had since he was a child. Neither set plans on moving anywhere, and my kids have had the joy of seeing where mommy and daddy grew up. And it is special seeing photos and such from way back when. My mom would talk about someday having her grandkids come, and now they do! It was always so comforting through the fluctuating circumstances of life to have that known, comfortable home to go to.

    Our home now isn’t my “dream home”, but it is my joyful reality home. Smaller than I might choose for now, but won’t be too big for just the two of us when we’re empty nesters. Yeah, some of the finishes and such aren’t to my liking, but I enjoy dreaming about making them more perfect. Our location is great, our neighbors are great, and we fully hope to be here for the long haul. And maybe, someday my grandkids will come to see our forever home, too!

  • My husband is a seminarian (soon to be priest in the Episcopal church) and I’ve had to let go of the idea of having a forever home. We’ll likely move around a lot. But I’ve learned that I don’t need to be somewhere forever to feel like a house is a home or to introduce creature comforts. I’m working on being more mindful and being grateful for the things around me no matter how long I get to hold on to them. 🙂

  • In Germany it is quite common to have a “forever home”. Often people decide to buy or even more often build there forever home.
    From personal experience I can report that a forever home is not perfect but even as an adult it feels so soothing to return to the parents forever home. All the neighbors are still living there and even if the house changed over the years (of course you keep improving it) so many beautiful childhood memories are coming back visting the house.

  • I think a forever home to me is especially important once you have kids. Mine are now 17 and 20 and our home is the farthest from perfect but it’s where they grew up and where their memories of their childhood are. I too, love so many styles and feel I could make most any house feel like a home but a home is somewhere they feel safe and loved. I’m sure that whatever you choose to do, your girls will love it all.

  • First time I comment! 😬
    A Forever Home to me is like my dads house, I lived there my whole life and even though I’m now moved out I always feel like home when I walk in. I could be blind and still know where everything is. This I know is a forever home because my dad said he would never sell it, my mom lived there with us before she passed away and therefor to preserve her memory he feels that house should be forever. My brothers and I decided that even in the future we will keep that house Incase anyone needs to be there no matter where we move we can always come back Home.

  • I’m in more of a “10 year home” situation, but I love the idea of a forever home. I definitely love the idea of a longtime neighborhood! My son is already in rec. center activities at 14 months old with kids he could go all the way through high school with if we all stay put. That’s mind boggling to me! Even though there are people out there I went all the way from K through 12 with, myself. And, yes, having a kid changes what you want in a home SO much! We had THREE stairs out the door in our apartment we brought our son home to. Lugging his car seat carrier to the car around the corner or maneuvering the stroller down THREE stairs was SO BAD. I couldn’t believe how much THREE stairs could affect me.

  • We live in a nice neighbourhood but without sidewalks which drives my husband nuts. When we pay our property taxes, he goes off and threatens to go door to door with a petition to get sidewalks on our block. It makes no sense that a few blocks down other people have sidewalks (and probably take it for granted)! Sidewalks make a house look more polished and finished, but without it’s kind of blah. We also live in an area where people do for walks, also with dogs and kids, and sidewalks would be so much safer. So in a long winded way, Elsie, just sayin’ we hear you 😉 about your sidewalks wish! Thanks for the post.

  • Our first 3 houses all had two stories, but now that we’re well over 70? Our house has no stairs and we like it much better. It’s important to realize that needs change and you should be flexible.

  • You have found your “forever” home. It is Nova, Jeremy you and your new daughter. Wherever you choose to unpack your “stuff” has nothing to do with the forever home you all have, in your hearts.

  • I have always been super sentimental about living spaces, so I’ve never really thought very hard about the idea of a “forever home” because I just couldn’t imagine not living in a place for a long time, but it is so interesting reading all these comments on other perspectives. I never really leave long comments but I’ll indulge on this topic 🙂

    I remember when I was in high school and a house went up for sale across the street from my aunt and uncle’s forever home and my parents seriously considered moving for a bit. I adore the house my parents and I have lived in since I was 5 (I’m 22), so I was devastated at the idea. Our home is nearly 100 years old and has only had two former owners. The previous family left us notes about their memories growing up in the house and the kids (now grown) still drop by occasionally to see what the house looks like now. We have gradually renovated it over the years and still have a lot more we could work on, so it never really gets boring. My mom’s childhood home reminds me of your house, Elsie. It’s a sprawling split-level ranch built in the ’50s with a huge yard and gardens and with eight kids and 21 grandkids, my family all loved gathering there every holiday and had a big, sad goodbye party when we eventually had to sell it a few years after my grandparents passed. It was a total time capsule, too. The backstory and before photos of your Nashville house always make me think of it. My dad’s childhood home is now in the process of being sold, and it is teeny tiny in comparison, with barely any yard, yet it’s where he and his four brothers grew up and where we all squeezed in for holiday gatherings without ever considering anything different, though it was updated and added to a bit over the years. Most of my family members also have really lovely “forever homes” of their own, so I have pretty traditional and sentimental ideas on the topic, and will be looking for my own someday (preferably a good old one) when I have my own family. It always makes me a little sad to hear people talk about moving, but I will always look forward to getting to know a new space and see how you make it yours 😉

  • I have to say I’m not too invested in a forever home. We’ve moved countries three times in the last 10 years (UK, Canada, Germany) since our son was born and there are things I’ve loved about the places we’ve lived. We’re not military so these were all choices we’ve made. I moved around a bit as a kid, and I think this has made me less attached to the idea of one place forever. I like to dream about where we’ll live in 10 or 20 years… the countryside in France? On a houseboat in Amsterdam? And that brings me joy.

  • How very interesting all the different perspectives! We’ve owned three homes in two states and I don’t know if this is our forever home. It’s the one we’ve fixed up the most, the one we became retired in, and now the one our family and grandkids can gather in. I don’t know what the future holds so for now, I choose to be quite content and enjoy all the things I love about it! But darn, I do love HGTV and it gives one lots of ideas. To me, a forever home is where your family enjoys being together and it has most of what you need. So making sure I pay attention to relationships as much as design and decorating! What an interesting discussion- thanks all!

  • I agree with the concept of walking in a home and just “knowing.” My husband and I got married 20 years ago. We lived in three different homes (kept outgrowing them with kids), but I always knew that those were NOT going to be our forever homes. Our realtor took us to the home we live in now on a whim, and when I walked in the front door, I said “Yes. This is it.” It felt more like home than either of the other three houses we had lived in. We’ve been here 8 years and don’t plan on ever leaving.

  • I think ‘forever home’ is a silly concept. I would love to believe it’s real! But you NEVER know what the future hold or circumstances that will arise that will push you to other places. I believe that ‘home’ is where your family is! I have lived so many places but my ‘home’ is wherever my husband and dog are. I am hoping that by the time we retire is when we will have a place we never have to move from!

  • I love this question, because you’re right people throw that term around so much it’s become cliche. I love the idea of a “for a very long time” home, and I love my current home so much! But knowing me, someday I might want to live elsewhere closer to my kids when they are grown.

  • My current home was never meant to be my forever home…it was my in between home that became the home that I raised my three children and has been a labor of love for the past 25 years. So in the end it looks like it was my forever home or should I say the home that we had most of memories made. Having said that, not sure if you ever have a forever home, because once the kids are gone you find you need a change…maybe something smaller or maybe a new place. For us its a new place. The plan is to relocate to Arizona…in fact one of my children already lives there and the other two are not far behind. It does help that my husbands family is also there….but it has now become our dream and one day, sooner the later, we will have are new forever home. The hard part is saying going by to my current home…so many memories I want to hold on to. However we are Looking forward to retirement and new making new memories.

  • Home.Wow! What does a home mean to me. My beginning . The point at which Life as it should be can begin.To look forward for.A place where I can unpack and get with life for the very first time.And be able to really shine,without stiphle.To take a breath,a long one.I like breathing.It seems that I have been holding it for fifty years now.That place that I could have the first real situation of that sign on the wall;Home Sweet Home.And next to it ,me in a comfortable chair with a content smile on my face.A place where my rescue cat,Sheba can Rome outside without being attack by a pit bull.She has been attacked by three pitbulls. In the right years she’s been with me she has never jumped up on the countertops or pottied in the house .I can even defrost meat for hours without worries.Hey you know what?
    I bet I could even bake a pie and let it cool in an open window on the first floor.

    Kellie Wyant
    Yuma,Az.

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