Today is our anniversary and a little after 6:00 this morning, before we knew Sunday’s House had been pulled from the market, I got this email from Vince. The subject was “Happy Anniversary”.
Good morning Dear,
Maybe today we will finally have a contract.
He was thinking the contract from last night would be accepted and everything would be fine. But, that didn’t happen. Here’s where the fun begins!
In the beginning, Vince didn’t want to be more than 15 minutes from work. Here he’s 2-1/2 miles from work and in KY, he was 6 miles from work. I found the Monday House online early in this process and even though it was way over what we wanted to spend, I kept thinking about it. As we got farther along and weren’t able to find a house, and we increased the amount we were willing so spend, I kept watching the Monday House. The price dropped some but was still over what we wanted to spend. I really loved the kitchen and finally, I said “Would you consider Comanche?” And, he said NO! But then, at some point, a guy at work told Vince there was a house in Comanche that he really should see. He told Vince that the owners built the house and spared no expense! He said they got a divorce, the wife got the house, the wife remarried and moved on and they need to sell this house. Vince went to look at it and when he sent me the pictures . . it was the house I had been wanting him to look at . . the Monday House! Even though it’s not very old (built in 2005), it needs a little TLC and Vince called and said “That house needs a lot of repair!” and he wouldn’t consider it.
After a few trips to Comanche, Vince decided he liked Comanche a lot and might prefer to live there. He’s looked at quite a few houses and made offers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and you know how that went. Sunday before he looked at the Sunday House, I asked him to please go back by the Monday House (though it had not been named yet) and see if the damage was cosmetic or serious. He called me and said it was mostly cosmetic. Walls need repair and paint, some light fixtures need replacing, all the carpet needs to come out. When he had seen it first, the pool was a mess.
During the past couple of months, someone else tried to buy the house and got the inspections done and a whole lot had been fixed and cleaned up. The pool was drained and cleaned, the heater was fixed. Not sure what happened but the deal fell through, but before that happened, a whole lot of things were fixed, including brand new insulated garage doors, the electric gate at the front was replaced and I can’t remember what all else.
The only reason I wasn’t begging and pleading for this house was . . this is the house my friend Tracey wanted to buy. She assured me that she had no problem with our buying it. She doesn’t know when her house will sell. She’s friends with the current owner who was real anxious to get it sold. So, with Tracey’s assurance that she was ok with us buying it, Vince made an offer. There was a bit of back and forth but before Vince left work, we had a signed contract. We’re pleased with the deal and the sellers are pleased with the deal.
Since the inspections were already done once, we shouldn’t have any problems, though I’m sure we’ll have to have more inspections done.
So, Happy Anniversary Vince. Thank you! You think I’ve been through a rough time with all this . . Vince is trying to find a house that’s a good buy, the right size, in good shape, something we’ll both like, all the while sending me pictures and talking to me on the phone about it. And, he’s doing his job and still getting a few “I can’t do this any more” calls from me. You think men don’t deal well with women crying . . it’s really bad when it’s long distance crying. Just like I know you’re all thinking . . everything worked out just the way it was supposed to. If we had found a house right off the bat, we wouldn’t have gotten this house because (1) the price had to come down and (2) Vince had to fall in love with Comanche. I’m going to go look at my roots and see how much more gray hair I have now than what I had in February and then I will tell you if this was all worth it! 🙂
Now, would you like for me to quit babbling and tell you about the house?
It’s on right at 20 acres. It has a well (only source of water though I’m pretty sure we could get county water if we wanted to). I can’t even tell you how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has. It has a room large enough for my longarm. Oh heck . . I’ll just show you some pictures!
I have loved this kitchen since I first saw it. A stainless steel sink! I’ve begged for one of those for years!
An electric stove but I’m betting I can get a component that’s not glass top for that side that is glass top. For now, I’m not going to say a word about it though. There’s no microwave on top of it and that makes me so happy!
One more kitchen shot. I do love this kitchen!
A nice corner stone fireplace. Vince loves stone . . and the outside of the house has some stone on it too . . maybe. I can’t remember!
The laundry room is so nice! You can’t see it in this picture but the sellers have three kids and there are three sets of closet type things with a hook for a backpack and a jacket, a drawer for “stuff” and a shelf for shoes.
I think this should be the master bedroom but somehow, I doubt Vince would agree. I could sit in the little playhouse and read or knit!
And even though a pool was something I didn’t want . . it came with one and Vince will love it. I can see us sitting out here during the evenings, watching the sun set, swatting mosquitoes, drinking a glass of wine . . living the good life!
There are some pictures I wasn’t going to show you but heck . . you might as well see it all! Vince said “What were they thinking?” I said . . with some lime green walls, that might just be the perfect shade of pink or orange or red . . we’ll figure something out.
And did I say that since the house is empty, they’re going to let us move in when we get to Texas? I love this house but most of all, I’m so happy to be off this roller coaster we’ve been on for the past few months. We leave on August 12 and it makes such a difference heading to a home I know we will love.
Thank you all for your support, prayers, perseverance through this stressful time. I will get back to sewing and quilting and cooking . . real soon! There’s a very bright light at the end of this tunnel.