Monday, May 12, 2014

We Bend Our Rules

For the third year in a row, a robin is building a nest in our little backyard maple tree
We don't believe that life teaches us lessons by design. There is no greater power guiding us to make choices. We just wake up every morning and live our lives. So, Friday dawned like any other morning. There was a planned house showing between 1:00 and 2:00 that afternoon. The agent had called the day before and arranged it, just like we had asked. The house looked beautiful. We went to the co-op while the prospective buyers walked through and took a look around.

We came home after shopping and talked about taking a trip over to the coast for a few days so we could just rest easily while agents and buyers come and go and come and go. It was a plan that we both liked very much. My birthday is Tuesday, May 13th and if we headed to the coast, we could see my twin brother and celebrate our birthdays together. We've been doing that for the past couple of years, either here in the foothills, or there at the coast. So, Roger and I made the plan to go on Monday.

Friday afternoon at 4:30, the phone rang, and lovely voice said, "Hello Robin, my name is Lilyana, and I would like to show your house this evening." I said, "Oh so sorry to tell you that that won't work. We'll be home, cooking dinner, and not really ready to have the house shown. How about tomorrow?" She said, "My client is an ICU nurse. She's pregnant with her first child. She has a long shift on Saturday, and Sunday is Mother's Day, and we're all busy that day. This evening is the only time she can come." I said, "Let me talk to Roger. Give me ten minutes, and call us back."

There was something about an ICU nurse having her first baby that tugged at us. We live in an area populated with retired people. It's partly why we feel comfortable asking for 24 hour notice. Lots of people here have plenty of time on their hands. A hard-working nurse with a busy schedule, how could we ask her to wait or not come at all? That just didn't seem right. So, we bent our rules. We let her and her husband come that evening. We stayed home and met them. We fell in love with them, and they fell in love with our house.

Saturday morning we received the call that they had made an offer on the house. We accepted it. We are in ESCROW! There will be appraisals and inspections, well and septic tests in the next few days. Much can happen, but for now in the moment, we're dizzily excited and nervously happy about a new future for us, and for that beautiful young couple who will bring new life and energy here.

So, we will be driving to the coast on my 62nd birthday and seeing my twin brother and his wife. Reminds me of their visit to see us in 2011 on our birthday. Michael built a snowman on our deck. This year the temp is going to be 88 F (31 C).  Interesting times we are living in, such interesting times.

21 comments:

  1. That's good news on the house and the right people which is a big deal when a person loves a property

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  2. Oh, wow! congratulations! good to bend when it seems right.

    And Happy Birthday to you and your brother!

    Wow, the snow in 2011. And the heat wave now. Good to go to the coast. xoxo

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  3. Wow! Congrats on a really quick sale, to someone who is going to love "your" place.

    When Kali and I bought our retirement house in Colorado, we never met the seller, and negotiations were a little testy at the end. But, after we settled, we got the nicest letter form the seller with all kinds of helpful information about the house and vendors the seller had used over the years.

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  4. Perfect timing for all concerned! So happy to hear it. Hearty congratulations, dear bums. And what an excellent birthday present.
    Back in May of 2001, we put our place near Twain Harte on the market at the start of Memorial Day weekend and the first couple to see it went crazy for the house. By the end of that weekend, there was an offer and we got what we were asking. But then, that was early 2001, and much/everything was different then!

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  5. That's wonderful news about finding someone who will love your house and property. A sweet place for a young family. I had been thinking about Stick Robin up in Port Townsend and am happy to hear about the robins returning to your little maple tree to nest again. I've been seeing Black-head Grosbeaks at the suet feeder on my porch. I don't see them every year.

    And what could be better than a trip to coast and celebrating your birthday with Roger and Michael and his wife. Kind wishes to you and your brother for your 62nd birthday!

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  6. Just came across this after posting my comment:

    "The sweet robin"

    http://loisdahl.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-sweet-robin.html

    Lois Dahl is a splendid watercolor artist from Bellngham who sells her cards at the Bellingham Farmers Market. Take a look at some of her cards:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Whimrab?ref=l2-shop-info-name

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  7. A very happy birthday to you and your brother, Robin! And
    it's swell that the house deal is coming along so nicely.

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  8. Congratulations. So, where to next?

    Have a lovely birthday, Robin.

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  9. First of all Happy Birthday to you and your brother and congratulations on (hopefully) finding a buyer. I suppose that life is like any other teacher and only able to teach us things when we are paying attention and ready to receive the advice.

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  10. Happy Birthday and congratulations on the good news about your house. It's hard to keep up with you two.

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  11. Happy birthday to you and your brother. My own birthday is May 18, but unfortunately we can't make any plans for a trip until June. It's pretty neat how the house sale worked out.

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  12. Wonderful news! Proof positive that following your instinct is best.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and your brother.

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  13. WOOOHOOOO!! It's one thing to sell the house; it's another to know it's going to someone you like. You two did a lot of work on that property in the short time you were there. I'm glad it paid off in a quick sale to a young couple who appreciate the beauty you created.

    And happy birthday! Enjoy your trip to the coast and may you have a joyful celebration to remember!

    Finally, because of my name, here's a link to a raven cam. The baby's getting ready to fledge:
    http://www.wellesley.edu/ravencam

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  14. Wonderful. You bent the rules at just the right time for all the right reasons and it paid. Well done and what a cool birthday present.
    May you and your brother have a wonderful Birthday today.

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  15. Happy Birthday, Robin. May the coming year bring everything you might wish for!

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  16. Hi everyone! I'm going to a group response because we're here at the coast and tired from the long drive. It's so hot here, we're under a "heat advisory" from the national weather service.

    We're glad to be away for a few days to collect our thoughts and consider how to proceed. Much packing and planning lies ahead. For now, though, we're just going to rest and enjoy the view. I inadvertently left the wire that connects the camera to the computer back home, so no pics until the weekend. I'm hoping for something grand.

    Thank you all for your good birthday wishes. You guys are the BEST!

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  17. Great news on the quick sale and I hope everything goes smoothly. Funny how even tho it won't be your house in a while, you can still feel connected to it, almost protective. Have a great birthday celebration with your twin! PS/FYI, our SC house now has tenants-- an older couple with a small dog --and they move in the end of the month. Nice to have that out of the way so we can really get ourselves organized in SJ. Still can't park in the garage due to boxes!!

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  18. did you check the junk drawer? maybe someone left a camera cord behind... xoxo

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  19. Wow - that was an excellent choice. Happy birthday to you and your brother, Robin, and I'm sure you and Roger will have a lot of relaxed fun in the wake of a successful conclusion.

    Of course, it will also be fun to watch what you're going to do next!

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  20. Happy Birthday Robin!
    Congratulations on selling your house. It's nice that you connected with the person buying it. I'm looking forward to your new adventures as you move on to a new place.

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  21. Hi Everyone-- So sorry for not commenting sooner. We've been so distracted this week with travel and birthdays and babies. Thank you all for your good wishes. We had a great time celebrating at the coast.

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