Friday, April 04, 2008

[Almost] Homeless in Texas

I haven't mentioned much about the house this week because it's all been so depressingly unpredictable. Each day has brought some new weirdness into the deal, but today we received the good news: we have at least two offers on our house, with a possibility of a third. Our realtor has given all parties involved until 7:00 p.m. tonight to submit their "highest and best offer." Oh, how I love the sound of that phrase!

With that in mind, I went back to our New Small Town and toured the paltry selection of homes.

AGAIN.

My friend Cheryl went with me and saw our top two choices - both on beautiful lots, but one of which needs a complete remodel, and the other of which needs an addition, just so our son does not have to hang from a hook somewhere in a closet (which he would gladly do, all for the privilege of being able to shoot off fireworks ad liberatum, and/or shoot vermin with a BB gun without fear of neighbors calling the cops on him).

So...

What does a person do who should be packing, should be doing something useful, because she is about to be desperately homeless, but she is too nervous to sit still and too ADHD to think a sane thought?

She bakes cookies.

Yup, a big batch of Oatmeal Cookies. But first I went around my yard and checked on all my perennials that are starting to bloom.

Rats, I'm getting all nostalgic, remembering the nothingness that used to be there, and how much I've loved making this yard my own. It's all a part of the crazy mixed feelings that are swirling in my head over this move.

I'm excited, scared, sad, hopeful. It's all good.

(This is "Annual Phlox" that self-seeds prolifically. It comes back year after year and fills my yard with a pansy-like scent).
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
Psalm 46:1-3, NKJV

10 comments:

Jen said...

Oh man... we're in the midst of this, but weirdly backwards. (We have the new house, but we need to sell this one). And every time I get overwhelmed at the thought of maintaining the "staged" look of our house all the while trying to entertain a two year old and take care of my 35 week pregnant self, I think of you with FIVE kids and a whole lot of patience.

It helps me to have some perspective. :)

Let me know if that cheesy potato smell worked... right now I'll do about anything to get people to just come in here and see what we have.

As for nostalgia, I'm right there... But just think about how amazing of a garden you can make on a land plot that's scores bigger than what you have now.

If it were me, I think I might go with the one that needs a remodel... that way you can do exactly what you want. This is, of course, assuming that it's livable as it is now... Otherwise, it's the other one with your son sleeping on a couch for a few months while an addition is completed, (which should be for YOU and hubs! :)

But then again, I have no idea. :) (We bought the house that dearly needs a remodel... livable, but stuck in 1976 )

Hugs and prayers to you!

Jen said...

I cannot wait...post soon. I'm praying it sells and you find your dream come true.....hugs.

Deidre said...

We've only been in our house 5 years and want to move to have more land. I am super nostalgic because this is the house I brought my babies home from the hospital. I battle that daily, but wouldn't they love a big yard to run and play and not trip over our neighbors?

I hope all works out for you. You'll have an even bigger, more beautiful garden at your new place I'm sure.

Susanne said...

I think I need some of that annual phlox around my place. Anything that seeds it's self is a good thing. :v)

Moving really brings out the memories doesn't it? Hang in there. It's almost over!

Katrina said...

Oh, hooray about the offers! I'm so excited to hear that!

My mom has phlox in her garden and I love it -- I really should put some in ours.

Beck said...

You know how lives in a nice small town with lots of affordable housing and winsome people for you to befriend?
MOI.
Just sayin'.

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

we ended up renting in our transition time, oh and of course now have decided to continue renting to quickly attempt to pay off school loans.

PastorMac's Ann said...

I come by often but don't often comment but I just wanted to tell you that I'm praying for your house sale and move. etc. etc.

jd said...

OH I hope you get a good bid! To the point they war over your house!

Pro
Shooting vermin with no neighbor consequence.

Con
I got nuttin' for this.

julie said...

Hi Katherine,

I am so happy your home is almost sold and you can quit living in the "museum". Just think you can just throw your laundry piles on the floor again like the rest of us.

I'm sure it must be hard to leave the memories behind.

Julie