Sunday, October 12, 2014

My First Home

Now I'm joining a new meme for Monday called Memory Monday at Retired Not Tired.  You can check this out to read other's stories on "My First Home" here.


This image from the internet isn't far from the looks of our first apartment.  My first husband and I were married when I was just barely 19.  We left Illinois and drove to LA where he had a job at an airplane factory, and had found an apartment for $75. per month on his then $62 week salary.  I was going to school, so needless to say, we had no extra money, except for what we had been given as wedding presents.  After struggling for a while on one paycheck, I left school and went to work for American Honda Motor Company in accounting, with just two years of school behind me.  The apartment was certainly adequate.  The city is so huge, that we were really overwhelmed with having to drive anywhere.  We had some fun neighbors, and a young pastor and his wife from our church, to spend time with.  Those were really crazy days.  But in our weekend time, we used to dream of having a place of our own.  The only possibility in those days was a mobile home.


This picture is much more elaborate than anything we might be able to get.  We wandered through mobile home lots and looked at all the possibilities.  My son-in-law likes to tease me about my "dream home".  But I recently saw something on TV about these elaborate homes in California that are converted mobile homes.  Check out this website.  Since SIL has a bit of property west of us in Texas, he recently thought maybe he needed to bring in a "dream home" to set up on the property for hunting friends and family.  It's always fun to banter with him, but I thought this was a great opportunity to remind him of the "dream home".  Life has changed for the better!

Happy Monday

Linda Kay

24 comments:

retired not tired said...

Our "dream" homes are always better in our dreams. Thanks for joining in. It is fun to read about other people and how thy got started.

Mike said...

Still in my dream home after 38 years.

biebkriebels said...

I am still living in my home for 35 years ans till like it. You were still a teenager when married, that was very young.

whiteangel said...

Lovely to read about your dream when you first married.

Kathy said...

I enjoyed reading your memories. Your 'newlywed days' sound a great deal like ours :) Not much money, but we had a good time! By the way, our first home was one of those mobile homes. Nothing real fancy, but it was nice and it was ours.

Bethany Carson said...

Enjoyed hearing about your days as a newlywed! My grandparents married young too (18+19), and their stories about their first apartments are quite interesting. One of the apartments had a problem with mice. When they were eating dinner once, a mouse scurried across the floor. Grandpa took his pocket knife out, threw it at the mouse, and nailed it.

Looks like you had a pretty nice apartment!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I'm in a furnished apartment and it shows! I supplemented it with cast-off furniture. Old-fashioned curbside shopping, as long as the weather isn't rainy.

Your first home looks nice!

Cranberry Morning said...

Those were the days, weren't they! I look at young people now who want a McMansion as soon as they're married. They've no idea what it's like to live within their means. Good post.

DeniseinVA said...

It was lovely reading about your early years. We lived in navy housing for many of ours and when we first bought a home it was small but a dream home, one I would have love to have kept. But as you said in your comment for which I thank you, life goes on and so did we, from the west coast to the east coast and we have been very happy in this home for 20 years and counting.

Roan said...

Great memories. Some of the most lean times are often the most fun times. I remember when my kids were young we had fun finding free things to do and a 10 cent ice cream cone from McDonalds was a real treat.

Linda said...

What a lovely post, Linda! I enjoyed reading this. Thank you so much for sharing.

bj said...

I've seen mobile homes that were just gorgeous...I wish I had photos of our first home...almost 55 years ago. :)
whew..took me awhile to find your blog.:)
xo

TexWisGirl said...

lots of folks in single and double-wides here in the country.

Janie Junebug said...

Our first apartment was just about big enough to walk in and turn around. It was married student housing at Kansas State University. It was razed quite a few years ago. Fortunately, not with us in it. The first house we actually owned was near Seattle. I think we paid 95k for it and sold it three years later for about 110. A friend who still lives there tells me the houses in that neighborhood now go for 350,000-400,000. Just for the record, I was not the one who wanted to move and give up that beautiful house on which we had a fifteen-year mortgage.

Love,
Janie

Gosia k said...

Your apartments are completely different from Europeans ones.

Michelle F said...

This was a fun post to read.
We have always rented.
Now hubby is only a few years away from retiring. I don't know what we'll do when he retires.

Have a fun week!

Amy at love made my home said...

It is funny how your idea of a dream home changes as your life changes isn't it. When I cannot sleep I design my dream/fantasy house in my head, but I would never really want to live there because it is far too big and would require far too much cleaning, but it is nice to fantasise! xx

Jeanne said...

Hi Linda, My husband to be was in college when we were married. We rented a home with his sister who was also in college. No money but we had fun. The college basketball games were free so we were able to go. It never hurts to live on a low budget. We learn to enjoy so much more when things got better. Like a job after graduation. Smile. Love your mobile home story. Especially about your SIL.
xo, Jeanne

Nonnie said...

It's interesting to me these days that dream homes for young people are considered dream homes to me! Sweet memories of how we all lived back then.The dream home on the property sounds like fun to me!

Ida said...

It's fun to look back on things like that.

Cynthia said...

My very first home of my own was an apartment in an old bank building in a very small town. You could see the bullet holes in the living room wall where the bank had been robbed and a gun battle ensued in the 1800s! I furnished it from garage sales and had the time of my life!

The Yum List said...

I'm fascinated by people who can make small spaces work. Storage, lighting etc are all so important. Unfortunately I don't have that talent - but am envious of those who do.

The Yum List said...

I'm fascinated by people who can make small spaces work. Storage, lighting etc are all so important. Unfortunately I don't have that talent - but am envious of those who do.

Rory Bore said...

I lived most of my life in tiny apartments, so when hubby and I bought our first house, it felt AMAZING!! even though, yes, we can afford little else now. ha

And I do know someone who converted a mobile home, and it is absolutely gorgeous inside. they did a fantastic job. you would not know from the inside, that you are in what started out as a mobile home.
Have you seen the converted shipping containers? those are really amazing.

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