In the driver’s seat

09 Apr


They liked it.

They REALLY liked it.

(If you’re asking who? click here.)

With every turn they fell more and more in love.  Even after opening the refrigerator, and the cabinets, and the closet doors.  (so much for my secret hiding spots.)

But I know why.  It’s a great house. And it cleans up nice.

After they left, Hubby and I sat on our deck (yes, OUTSIDE!), thinking back 16 years ago when our home was just a dream.   Once we knew we wanted to live in B@rtelso, we drove around the small town often, hoping to see for sale signs.  One day, we came across an open lot on a cul-de-sac with only 5 other houses.  We knew immediately it was the perfect location and bought it soon after.

Then the hunt for a house plan began.  We flipped through books and walked through many display homes, and one day, just like with the lot, we walked through a house and felt the connection immediately.  We brought the house plans to our architect, changed a few things here and there to suit our needs, and then the building began.

With three young boys, and a very pregnant belly, I oversaw the construction of our home and acted as the contractor.  The boys climbed the mounds of dirt with their tractors and dump trucks, while I cracked the whip to keep the guys moving.  We spent our evenings burning wood scraps, hauling drywall pieces, and picnicking on the wooden floor boards.   We moved in on Sept. 9, 1998, Mario’s due date, and she was born 3 days later.

This house has been a terrific home for our family.  And we have certainly LIVED here.  We’ve recently replaced the appliances and the floors, slowly getting it ready for our “some day” sale.

So to have this young couple be totally enamored by it is heartwarming in a way.  Then again, it saddens me to think about leaving it behind.

At this point we’re getting numbers together.  Neither of us are in a huge hurry.  If we decide on a price that’s agreeable to both sides, they’re willing to wait until we find a place to rent that will house 2 kids, 2 pets, and a crap load of stuff.

An agreeable price is the key.  Knowing we have three more years before we can move south, I prefer not to settle for anything.  We have a number in our head that we think is fair.  If they’re not willing, we’re not selling.

Then again, if they don’t buy, we could find ourselves in the back seat.

Stay tuned…..



Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Everyday Living, Family


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10 responses to “In the driver’s seat

  1. territerri

    April 9, 2014 at 12:37 am

    It’s a sign! The fact that they loved it and the whole thing is pretty flexible means you’re headed in the right direction.

    • shadowrun300

      April 9, 2014 at 1:05 am

      I was thrilled that they liked it. I’d love to see our home go to a young couple who love it as much as we do. Right now we’re at a stand still, but I’m not rushing things. We got lots of time. Lots.

  2. llcooljoe

    April 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Glad they loved it! So will you rent until you find another house to live in? Will you be down sizing?

    • shadowrun300

      April 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Exactly. We’ll rent until my daughter gets done with high school and then we’re heading straight to Florida without looking back.
      If all goes as planned, of course.

  3. Abby

    April 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Well okay then! Seems like things might be falling into place. It’s nice not to be desperate in the back seat!

    • shadowrun300

      April 10, 2014 at 2:14 am

      Yes. Things seem to slowly be falling into place. Just not sure we’re ready for it yet.
      Then again, Mario brought us her schedule of extra curricular activities she wants to be in next year, all in the city of Br**se. Moving there in the next few months would take a load off my hubby who has to drive her back and forth all the time.
      I’m on pins and needles wondering what’s in the works for us….
      (And I never was a good back seat driver.)

  4. Ms. CrankyPants

    April 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Great news! When my husband and I sold our first house, the young couple were rather blase. It was disheartening, for sure. Then, months later, we drove by; they’d let the beautiful yard I’d cultivated go to hell. Wish I hadn’t returned. Anyway, your buyers sound MUCH better!!

    • shadowrun300

      April 16, 2014 at 5:34 am

      That would break my heart! In my case, I know my home would be going to a good home. The biggest change may be a shed in the back yard and a moose head on our living room wall.

  5. agg79

    April 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Good position to be (the driver’s seat). A lot of people have been in the back seat (or in the trunk) when it comes to cashing out their homes. You’ve got time on your side. A sign of good things to come. It sounds like they would be a great fit for your house but I imagine that, when the time comes, it maybe hard to let it go. Especially for Mario since this was the only home she has known.

    • shadowrun300

      April 21, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Yes. I’m sure it’ll be a sad day when we say good-bye. It was OUR house, made from OUR dreams.
      But like you’ve mentioned before, we’ve been thinking of leaving for a long time, so we all are gradually accepting we’ll have to let go. Even Mario. It’s especially helpful knowing the could-be buyers will appreciate it just as much.


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