MrZ was going through some of the papers from when we bought our house and he discovered that there are evidently “rules” for our subdivision. We didn’t even know this! It’s funny, we’ve always said we’d never want to live someplace where they tell you what you can and can not do with your home, and then it turns out we do live in a place like that!
It’s not exactly enforced, though. There’s no “home owners committee” or anything. We don’t have to get paint colors approved or anything like that. And from what we can tell, most people in the neighborhood probably don’t realize it’s there either. Turns out it is attached to the LAND, not the houses, which is all very weird. We get the impression that the “rules” are there so that if one of us gets annoyed by something someone else does, we’ll have legal ground to get pissy about it. I guess. I really don’t know.
But one of the things listed in the “rules” was that any window coverings that hang in front of windows seen by the street need to be white, unless otherwise approved. Now, first of all? I would have no idea who to talk to in order to get something approved. Second of all? Our curtains came with the house and the ones in the windows that face the street are white. So – no big deal! We’ve been following the rules and didn’t even realize it!
Unfortunately – now that I realize there is a rule? I totally want to break it. I totally want to go all “Happy Harry Hard-on” and throw my pearls in the microwave and watch them blow up the kitchen while I munch on popcorn. (Name that movie.) I want to get RED curtains for one window and PURPLE for another and just see if someone tries to stop me. I suddenly want a big statue in my front yard (someone naked maybe?) and some sort of obnoxious flag for my flag pole. I didn’t want any of these things before I found out that there were rules against them. But suddenly? I’m feeling rebellious.
Luckily my husband is a bit more mature and will stop me before I spray paint a photo of my left boob on the roof.