WASHINGTON (AFP) - The newspaper comes late, there's no kitchen table, and chairs have to be borrowed from the Secret Service agents next door. For former first lady Laura Bush, life does not always seem easy after eight years in the White House. Since turning over the White House to President Barack Obama on January 20, George W Bush and wife Laura have had a bumpy start on their new life in one of Dallas, Texas' poshest neighbourhoods. They moved into a new house, but things aren't quite right yet. "We have very little furniture. We don't have a kitchen table or a dining room table," Laura Bush told ABC News in an interview. "Friends loaned me a kitchen table and the other night I had 16 people for dinner and I had to borrow chairs from the Secret Service next door." She still hasn't had to cook dinner herself, though. Friends have brought by meals to welcome them back from Washington, she said. Another little annoyance: they can't get home delivery of the local newspaper. "It has been slow to get The Dallas Morning News delivered," she said. "People bring the newspaper to us later in the day. It's just not being delivered yet." She said she keeps up with goings on back in Washington, but she didn't watch Obama's speech to Congress Tuesday night because she "totally forgot about it." "The next day I thought it was so ironic that for eight years I would be a nervous wreck before the State of the Union, and for days before, as George would be preparing his speech, worried about it and thinking about what was going to be in the speech. "And this time it came and went and I didn't even think about it," she told ABC. Her new life has not kept her from following Obama's approach to Afghanistan, however. She said the United States must continue to have a presence there. "What we see is it's very easy to destroy something, but very, very difficult to rebuild. And that's what we're watching now," she said. Bush said she will continue to be engaged in issues close to her heart, like poverty, disease and illiteracy, through the Freedom Institute, an organization her husband created as part of his plans for a presidential library at Southern Methodist University.