breaking the silence
monday, april 2, 2012
finally! on the one hand, i want to say "two months? is that all?" because it seriously felt much longer than that. on the other hand, i don't think i've ever gone so long without a whysper entry. but, really, no one missed much. for one, the last couple of months have been all stress and more stress. secondly, anyone who actually reads here (all three of you) probably also reads my lj, where there have been a few entries on the events causing said stress. and most of that stress has been over a house.
i'm sure all three of you remember the attempt to buy a house two years ago. we actually didn't start with that intent this time, but we have ended up with it. the idea actually was to find a place to rent to own, but the house we fell in love with wasn't under what we understood for a rto. instead, they wanted us to be able to qualify for a loan in 6 months, and there was no way to guarantee we would, so it was decided to go straight for the attempt to buy now. the big problem for us was getting this taken care of before we ended up being evicted since the money we had could only go to the down payment or to the rent, not both.
the long and the short of it all: the loan has been approved and i think all we're waiting for is the last $1300 we need for the down payment, but we've been allowed to move in. our $2000 earnest money will go towards the down payment if the sale goes through. if not, it'll count as our first month's rent and deposit. so, the sale hasn't finalized, but we've moved in. our rent is $200 less and this house is insulated, so we're expecting our utilities to go down as well. there have been a couple recent events that balance this cut out, unfortunately, but i'm going to leave that for another entry. this one is all about good stuff and showing off the house we hope will be ours. lol
so, were out of the dark, damp health hazard we were renting and into, well, this...
the front hall into the living room
back of the living room into the dining room
dining area into the kitchen; and yes that's a small "bar"
kitchen/bar with new dishwasher
new fridge and stove
master bath into HUGE walk-in closet
master bath tub
this house is wide open and full of beautiful windows and light. the bedrooms are small, especially the two up front, but it's otherwise pretty perfect for a family of three. the extra bedroom is going to be turned into an office. the big windows and sunlight are particularly wonderful. the old house was almost always dark, especially down in the living room. in this house, there's sun in the kitchen windows in the morning and sun all afternoon into the evening through the dining room and living room. it's absolutely wonderful. and even though it is smaller than the house we moved out of, because it's wide open, it doesn't trigger my claustrophobia. the minimal carpeting wasn't actually something we were looking for, but it's better for my allergies to live in a place without it. and taz LOVES it. he knew the address after seeing it the first time.
we just spent this last week getting our stuff, what we decided to take of it, from the old house and putting it into the new. we threw out at least a dozen garbage bags of "stuff". and we left behind most of our furniture. saxy and i are sleeping on an air mattress at the moment, and taz is sleeping on a cot. other than that, we have a few mismatched chairs, a couple couple of dressers, and the dining room table and chairs. the funny thing is the air mattress bother my back less than the mattress we left behind. lol this is a good thing, though, since it's going to be awhile before we can replace things like the mattresses. but i'm thinking, despite the unmentioned new hurdles, that we finally have a chance to do better.
let's end with the picture of a kiddo who likes his new home....