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At last. We found a house, our offer was accepted, and we are well on our way to home ownership once again.
House hunting is a process of balancing needs and wants. You need a roof over your head, and a place for your stuff. If you want a spacious home, a large artfully landscaped yard, and cute, you will pay extra. In our case, the primary want is to stay out of debt! So, we found a house that is a little bit of a fixer upper. I think our choice left our realtor confused after all of the more perfect homes we saw.
On the main floor are cozy bedrooms, a kitchen and living room. Small, but we moved from a doll house. I think of this house as a nest. I think we will be comfortable. Before the house really fits us, we will have to claim part of the basement as living space. Well, not exactly living space, but play and sleepover space for the grandchildren. The house has a great garage, space for our camper, and a small, easy to take care of yard. Perfect for a couple of little old people, and remarkably like our first home starting out our life together.
We want a nice deck off the back. A little landscaping will increase the curb appeal. The house should give Hubby many projects to keep him happily occupied in his retirement. He has his choice of work spaces, but a great big saw was left in the basement. Hubby can’t wait to see how it works.
I thought we could relax now that a choice has been made. Take the time to enjoy our time in the wilderness. In fact, I would be perfectly happy to go exploring through the woods, or on the lake in my canoe.
We have taken the canoe out and gone on a hike, but Hubby is more concerned about how quickly we can get our stuff, where to put it, and fixing all the things noted by the inspector, in addition to the purely luxury projects he would like to do.
Frankly, most of our hikes have been back and forth to the bathrooms in the rain. (I just hope the weather clears up for my three grandchildren coming to camp with us for the week.) We spend our rainy days shopping for appliances, a lawn mower, and obsessing over how to handle moving into our little nest, and turning our nest into a home we love.