Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Will our new place have a ledge for a window box like this one that I saw in France?

We have a contract!! Just three weeks after putting our house on the market, all of the i's have been dotted and all of the tees have been crossed. We're pending!! The negotiations have been going on for over a week, and I have been walking around with my fingers crossed, but all parties agreed this morning!!! Yippee!!!

Now it is time to start the dirty work. I need to locate boxes, find a temporary apartment where we will live while our new place is being remodeled, find a new place, and pack, edit out stuff, and pack some more. (Insert deep breath here).

When we made the decision to down-size, we decided to not buy anything until we had a contract on our current home. In this iffy market and economy, we didn't know how long it would take, and we didn't want to have the pressure of needing to sell. So, we will move into a temporary place on January 1 and live there while our new place is remodeled. We already know that we will put our personal stamp on the new place with new or updated baths, kitchen, paint, etc. Dealing with an architect and builder could take months.

Also, we will be in southeast Asia from mid-January to mid-February doing a building project (more on that in later post) and riding our bicycles from the capital of Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam (more on that in a later post, too). That will slow down the process.

But it is time now to focus on the holiday and spending some quality time with my family. We will start visiting townhouses this coming week-end. We have seen a few in the area where we want to live. This process is going to be a lot of fun.
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