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About Laura B Scott Photography

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I am a northwest Florida based photographer & artist. My two dogs & I love to travel & photograph new interesting people. My favorite things include the outdoors, hiking, chocolate chip cookies, a comfy down comforter (any time of year!), and flip flops!

Here you will find posts from my adventures & travels, both personally & professionally. Since I love to travel, do not hesitate to ask about any destination. Special discounts are available for Philadelphia, PA, Charleston-Myrtle Beach, SC areas & San Diego, CA destinations.

I also own an online handmade gift shop with my mom, featuring many different types of lovely & unique jewelry, pottery & home decor. (link at bottom of the blog)

This Isn’t My First Rodeo

Philadelphia

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would ever move back to the northeast again, I would have laughed and then complained about the bad weather & the grumpy attitudes of the people. I would have also pointed out that it no longer felt like home and I was done with it.  But in the last year or so things have changed for me.  My visits to Philly were fun. I spent time reconnecting with family & old friends and filling my belly with good food.  The city has changed – new buildings, stores, restaurants & new activities. There is a new energy there.

I’ve decided I want to be part of it.

So my last trip to Philly was actually not for fun & food (although I managed to sneak a few good meals with friends via Whiskey Village & Lazaro’s )  I spent the long weekend looking at as many apartments in this area as I could schedule in one weekend (10+).   And man did I forget how frustrating that can be.

I got lucky with my last few places – they just sort of happened. This time I decided to go it alone (no roommate) and go with a smaller budget to help with savings and allow me to travel more.  Sounds simple enough. But when you get spoiled having a nice kitchen, laundry and lots of storage, it’s not so easy to replace that in a city that’s old.

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Where to begin . . . there was the ‘weird layout apartment’ with exits from both the hallway and the bedroom. It had a big decent kitchen but an odd plastic shower and a tiny living room with a doorbell in it.

Then there was the dark brown 3rd floor apartment with only one! closet. It had a kitchen smaller than the bathroom, no where to put a table & the laundry was in the living room. Guess I know why there were no photos online. Oh and it smelled like cats. aka the ‘cats apartment’.

There was the ‘dark basement apartment’ -great kitchen space, lots of closets but no windows. The ‘ all utilities include apartment’ had no laundry or outdoor space & was in a weird location.  There was also the apartment I ‘never actually saw’ who cancelled on me when I got there after rescheduling & confirming 5x.

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Then the ‘garage apartment’ with the landlord who said he was ok with dogs on the phone, but then I got there he wasn’t really. The 2 bedroom ‘window apartment’ was nice. It had great hardwood floors, a  big window and parking in the back.  But the location was noisy from traffic echoing around the hill.

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One of my favorites was the ‘boring house’ It would be hard to pass up having a whole house to myself. It had a big yard and hardwood floors – two of my ‘would love to haves’. But I know that that landlord isn’t going to fix things around there that needed it – (broken back door, cracked countertop & the too gross for words laundry area).  This was going to be up to me. But it’s a whole house!

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And last but not least was ‘Fred’s Place’. It was old. It had dirty carpeting, a small crappy kitchen & bathroom. The yard wasn’t really a yard – rather it’s a porch with grass/sidewalk around & a broken chain-link fence. The building is old (did I mention that?) with that all the things that are wrong with a place that tons of people have lived in over the century. It’s street parking & has neighbors above. And not a full house all to myself.

I am under no pressure to decide. I am a freelance agent as far as where I live and when I move. So picking the right place that feels like home is important. So to decide . . . .

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Since I graduated high school, I have lived in 4 different states, 3 different coasts, 9 different apartments/houses but never changed my cell number.  I know what I am looking for in a place. This is not my first rodeo.  I know how to relocate. I know how those apartment/house hunters feel when weighing pros and cons. And I know there is always one that will stand out in your mind. The one place that you see potential & can picture all your stuff in.

For me ultimately that was ‘Fred’s Place’.

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I know. I know. How could I give up a house to myself and a yard for the dogs?

It came down to character & location. (plus it would save me $1700 a year)

I saw this place the second day of my trip.  Every apartment I saw after was compared to this space.  I instantly had ideas on how I was going to make this my own.  The landlord seemed straight forward – how I like it.  The lease is one year then month to month. This of course appeals to my nomadic spirit. The previous tenant was an artist – who apparently had more that one DIY fails the landlord was attempting to undo – stick down flooring that wasn’t measured correctly, bright orange kitchen cabinets, a royal blue bathroom, spray paint on the basement floor– to each his own I guess. But I can see her inspiration. The place has potential with its tall windows & ceilings that allow natural light, and the large porch & fenced area will be nice for the dogs to hang out. Plus with a full basement & laundry I have plenty of storage space and room for larger projects.

If you can’t tell, I’m excited!  My move in date is only a few weeks away!! I plan to share all my DIY projects here on the blog . So stay tuned!

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