November 16, 2006


I'm not trying to turn this into a website of all quizzes all the time, but so much has been occupying my mind this week that I haven't been up for much else. We've been busy with homeschooling, of course, but on top of that it looks like we will be buying another house after all.

Without going into a lot of details, we have a contract on a big old house on the other side of town. It will need a lot of work, including several things that must be done before I will feel comfortable moving in (not even counting the kitchen which, at present is only a bunch of unfinished cabinets without electricity, plumbing or any appliances). It fell in our price range and is a good size for our family while still being close to town and satisfactorily old, and so we'll just have to take on the work and learn to tolerate the problems.

I love my current house and location, so the thought of moving makes me sad. We never really planned to move from this house, but although I think we could have done more to make our current house work better for us, I think ultimately it would always feel cramped and our children are just going to grow larger. The new house is also really beautiful and despite all the drawbacks, I really am excited to think of living there, fixing the place up and seeing my things decorating the place.

Assuming, of course, that the termite inspection doesn't tell us horrible things, we'll be closing in about a month and moving in as soon as we can have some of the necessary things, like rewiring, completed.


Big move. I hope the new house works out for you.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 16, 2006 10:49 AM

Well, you really did need something to occupy all those empty hours in your day. ;)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 16, 2006 11:00 AM

(Tentative) Congratulations!

It's difficult to be in the "waiting to buy a house but not actually having the deal done until everything is signed" zone, especially where them wood-chewin' critters are involved.

It will cost a few $$ extra, but have them fish through CAT-6 cable with the house rewiring. While wireless is nice, it cannot come close to a hard-wire network for speed and security. In a few years the technology for "video over the net" will be well established and available for the masses. It could also come in handy if there are play areas you want to monitor (yes, spying on the kidlets) while you are tending to other important matters, like blogging.

Posted by: Marc V at November 16, 2006 11:12 AM

Take some quizzes, dear lady. You need the distraction :-)

I shall be thinking warm and hopeful thoughts for you in all this, most especially with your holding on to a peaceful outlook in the middle of what is inevitably a chaotic time of activity and emotions.

Posted by: Patricia at November 16, 2006 11:38 AM

How wonderful! Old houses are the best, even when much work is involved.

I will be praying for a peaceful, worry-free transition for all of you!

Posted by: Diane at November 16, 2006 12:03 PM

How exciting!

Think of all the homeschool lessons you can provide while renovating.

Measuring, color and design, reading how-to books, shopping, etc.

Posted by: mary at November 16, 2006 12:13 PM

How exciting!
Is this the same house (minus kitchen) that you were considering earlier?

Posted by: Meredith at November 16, 2006 01:38 PM

Nothing like a little move thrown into the Christmas season, plus a new baby to make life exciting! I hope the house works out for you!

Posted by: chewymom at November 17, 2006 05:58 AM

Congratulations! If you're like me, you'll at least gain back your time. I've managed to curtail mine considerably, but the house we had a contract on is still on the market, and for $30K less than our contract was for. If we knew we'd have a source of incomeclose to Mebane, I might be doing some serious research into construction loans. As it is, I'm just bummed. I think you definitely need to start a houseblog ;) The Boy can do it as a homeschool project!

Posted by: Lenise at November 17, 2006 02:00 PM

... that's what my Missus wanted to do as well - buy an old fixer-upper... but I managed to talk her out of it just in time.. good luck with your move!...

Posted by: Eric at November 21, 2006 11:38 AM