So the one thing that people always ask about living in an apartment rather than a house is about the yard. I love flowers and love gardens. But to be honest, I don’t miss the grass at all. The pictures are this years flowers, though it is only May, so I am hoping to see them grow quite a bit before the fall.
On the whole lawn question – I don’t miss it. I haven’t had one most of my adult life and when I did in Austin, it was more of a pain than anything else. Someone has to cut the grass. That someone is not me. I think of all the money we have saved over the years by not having a lawn – money I haven’t had to spend on paying someone else to mow the lawn, on equipment to mow said lawn, on water on lawn equipment maintenance etc.
Beyond that, from what I understand from friends on base, you can get ticketed if your lawn isn’t cut correctly at the right time. This seems to me like it would be a pain to deal with. And honestly – I am trying to think of what I would even do with a yard? All I did when I had one in Austin was sit on the patio. Which is the same thing I do with the balcony in Japan.
I guess that’s just it – a matter of perspective. Everyone is different. So what one person might regard as a necessity, another might see as an inconvenience. We choose an apartment – we were actually offered a house with a yard when we came and turned it down. Sometimes while we might think what would I do without…..? Someone else might be thinking what would I possibly do with…..? It’s just a matter of perspective.