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Sorry for the late post (only two hours of Monday left!). We got back from looking at houses in Oklahoma this evening and I am just getting a chance to sit down at the computer. We left Saturday evening at bed time (so that The Gnome would sleep for the 5 1/2 hour drive) and then got home tonight around 7:30.
This is the driveway!
The good news:
We found a house! It’s cute and tiny (600sf!) and on a ton of land (40 acres!) which is exactly what we were looking for. The land is perfect, the house is situated right in the middle so you can’t see or hear any neighbors at all. We are putting an offer in tomorrow morning. The owner (he built it himself!) has two homes in the same area and said he can be out in a week so we asked for early possession in our offer. We wouldn’t be homeless at all! It’s way quirky but I will get to that if we actually get the house.
The bad news:
The owner has had two deals fall through because of financing. Apparently in Oklahoma they won’t finance as raw land with the structure on the land and they won’t finance it as primary residence because the tiny house alone won’t appraise for the asking price and they won’t take the land into consideration. We’re working with three different banks to try to make this happen.
It’s 40 miles from where Hubby will be working. That means (obviously) he can’t come home for lunch any more. And it means we would need to reevaluate the fuel budget for the challenge. $50/week just would not be enough. It’s barely cutting it now and he’s only driving 54 miles a day (to and from work twice), not 80 (to and from work once).
In other news:
For spending pretty much an entire weekend in the car, The Gnome was amazing. I can not believe how far he has come from hating the car seat so much.
It was nice to see my sister, niece, and brother in law this weekend (even though my sister is coming down to visit us in two days). The Gnome and my (12 year old) niece get along so well. I am thrilled that he is going to get to grow up with her, especially since neither of them have siblings.
You may have seen it on Facebook but somehow The Gnome got ahold of a year old wild bird’s egg that my sister had sitting on the end table as a decoration. And ate some of it. I FREAKED out. He was fine though. Then he got ahold of Natural House’s Trashy trash can deodorizer and scrubber and drank some. We called poison control and fortunately, it is indeed all natural and non-toxic. Parents of the year award to my husband and I.
I really missed the chickens. And my two “kind of favorite” hens have definitely become my two favorite hens. They were so sweet and snuggly and actually wanted to be held when I got home today. The baby Silkies are fluffing up nicely too. Both our neighbors (who kept an eye on them) and Hubby mentioned that they look like they’re wearing Uggs!
The new location where Hubby is supposed to work originally wanted him to start August 16th but today they called and asked if he could start on the first. Why is everything happening so fast?!
That’s all for now. Just a warning that the blogs may be neglected a bit while we move and get settled and all that. I will try to update but it’s getting harder to find the time. As long as all goes well with this house, we should be all settled by August 15th at the latest. If it doesn’t, I have no idea when things will settle down.