Thursday, March 15, 2012
We have confirmed that our house that we are renting will be put up for sale the first week of April. So, I hit the bricks....I have searched, researched, read, spread the word, looking for a new place to live. We are at wits end. Yes, it's inconvenient to move again, but that's just the tip of the iceburg. We got rid of our stove, frig, washer and dryer as the house we are renting provided these. Because we thought we would be renting this house for the next couple of years (as the landlord had said he would like us to), we didn't feel it was economical to keep those appliances (move them, store them, will they work after we store them anyways....). Plus we downsized so much. Will we need these things now???
Our hope is to find a house that we can buy on land contract. Gives us a chance to put a little money down and call it home (including making any updates etc) while we get our finances in order for the next 2 years. Bob does NOT want to rent again, plus who the heck will take us with our furry babies? Yes I know, some people will say "they should just get rid of their dogs", but I cannot. We have lost so much over the past months, and not just material things; pride, sense of purpose, self worth, emotional and physical well being, the list goes on. I can't imagine looking at these dogs and letting them go. I made a commitment by adopting them and darn it I am going to do everything in my power to make sure they stay with us. They are the one thing in my home right now that make me happy. The kids are gone, all my old friends are a million miles away, I don't see my parents and my favorite Unc's (moved to FL 2 years ago).
As much as I feel that it was in everyone's best intererst to move to the beautiful northwoods at this point, it's sure not easy.
So after a couple of weeks of dead ends, doors slammed, looking at unliveable properties, we have our fingers crossed. We found a tiny house in Sayner 15 minutes NW of the house we are renting. Lots of potential, lots of work. BUT, it's reasonably priced, it has all of what we need; a garage, a basement, and some acreage. It's got "3" bedrooms and 1 bath, a mud room and comes with the appliances, even a washer and dryer. I use quotations for 3 because of this...guess where 2 of the 3 bedrooms are? Yes, upstairs, but how do you think you get to those rooms? Oh you will never guess. And I mean never. Through the bathroom. Bathroom, yep, that's right. At first Bob was like no way are we going to live here. But, after we weighed our limited options, we started re-thinking it. Bob is a carpenter ya' know. So we went back and looked at this house. It has so much charm and yet some updates (ok besides the whole bathroom with stairs in it issue). Besides charm, it has a newer metal roof, newer siding, the garage has pull down stairs with a 2nd story for storage and you can actually walk around up there! Knotty pine ceilings in the living room, knotty walls in the dining area and living room. A cute little front porch sitting area that is enclosed. It's adjacent to a tiny cemetery too. That doesn't bother me one bit. So, any who Bob took a look and found a way to re-configure the stairs to go through the front porch area up to the 2nd story, we could take the stairs out of the bathroom which would make the 1960's decorated bathroom even bigger. So the money needed for updates is mostly cosmetic. Not structural besides the stairs, which he would do. If we do close the deal on this place I will post pics of the bathroom/stair issue. No one will believe it.