Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Status of Things

I guess we really meant it when we said we wouldn't update this blog until there was something to report. There's almost something, so what the heck, here's what we've been up to in the nearly two weeks we've been silent.

At 10:00 am this Monday morning we are meeting a surveyor at a piece of property we are in the process of buying. There is one last bit of boundary detail that we want hammered out before we affix our very important initials and signatures on a thousand pieces of paper that will finally make this 4.7 acre piece of land and lovely house our home. We made a ridiculous full-price offer on this place, and realized later that it was a little like proposing marriage after a single riotous speed date. But we've gone back and continued to fall in love with all the very good and beautiful things about the property and house. It's really surprising to us that we have no regrets about our impulsive affaires du coeur. Sometimes things just happen that way. It's very much like the beginning of our own marriage! So we proceeded.

Still that's all we're going to say about it at the moment. Things have a way of falling apart or blowing up or disintegrating even with the very best intentions. So, just wanted to say hello, we're still here on earth watching the birds, jack rabbits, and deer. All is well.

Above photo is of a Pileated Woodpecker we heard and then spotted on the property. A very good omen we thought. We're not even going to mention the heron we saw in the pond... Ooops!

25 comments:

  1. Sounds really promising. Can't wait for the details!

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  2. I'm keeping everything crossed for both of you and the house -- it may mean that I walk around a little strangely and that I have difficulty typing, but after all you guys have been through it's the least I can do! Hoping the next post has the news we're all hoping for!!

    Sylvia

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  3. wanted to pass along this wonderful online news source for your community if you haven't found it yet. Especially valuable during fire season. Great news source!

    My SIL & BIL live off Brunswick Rd in GV and love it. I'm guessing you will be significantly higher. Be prepared to get snowed in every couple of years for several days.

    Best of luck on living your dream!

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  4. GOOD luck!! and show me the heron; they're my favorite!

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  5. Good luck! I hope everything went well with the surveyor.

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  6. We had a Pileated who nested in the back tree line a couple of summers ago. They are an awesome bird to see. That is indeed a good sign.

    Good luck.

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  7. The process sounds completely right.

    I'll keep you in mind as I spend the next days doing family stuff in the furthest corner of the continent (S. Fla.) with limited connectivity again.

    Oh I hope all will be well.

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  8. Pond!?! I don't dare think of the wonderful things you will see there.

    Sue mentioned fire season. If that woodpecker photo is any indication, it looks like you have some yard work to do.

    Good luck! I hope this one works out.

    (My word verification is "luckiess"!)

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  9. I am so hoping this is "the" piece of property to become yours. Can't wait to hear it is a done deal and that pictures will follow.
    All I own is crossed.

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  10. now you've gone and done it. you mentioned the pond. damn you. damn you all to hell! :-)

    I think this is it, guys. I thin this is your new home: home of future commune and safe-haven during the shitstorm. And a darned lovely place to spend your days.
    xxxxxxxxoooooooooooo

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  11. A Pileated Woodpecker is an auspicious sign (-:

    As I wrote that, the sun broke through the clouds up here!!

    Yesterday I saw the first hummingbird of the season out on my porch.

    Peace and Love,
    am

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  12. Pileateds, ponds and herons...you PH levels are doing just great! Hope all goes well with the purchase of home (another PH...)

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  13. i can only imagine ho great a place it must be, to thrill you so! xox

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  14. Yes, yes, fingers crossed. Toes crossed. It sounds SO good!

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  15. Well, I'm curious about that boundary detail. when all is settled and your offer is accepted, do tell us about it! Coincidentally, I contacted some surveyors today. Must be something in the air.

    A full-price offer sounds like what you need to do in that part of the world, given the difficulties you've had finding something you like that isn't astronomically expensive. If the property's that nice (and I'm sure it is, given how you've described it), you can bet that other folks will be making offers as well, but no doubt starting with lowball offers. You did the right thing.

    That's a great photo of the pileated woodpecker. I foresee many great photos in the near future.

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  16. Ooh, I'm glad I dropped by today to catch your update and the woodpecker . . . keeping my fingers crossed for you guys!

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  17. excellent Robin and Roger! good luck with the new house!

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  18. "affaires du coeur" are always perfect in themselves and in memory. Good luck!!!

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  19. Fingers crossed and heart filled with good wishes. You definitely deserve to find the right place.

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  20. A pond! A heron! A P. Woodpecker! affaires du coeur!
    We bought our Asheville house in precisely that manor and we haven't had a moments regret. Now, if we can just get that kitchen finished!

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  21. Touching wood... May that woodpecker bring you good fortune and success!

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  22. Blessings, blessings, blessings.

    I still await the return of the Pileated since the tree annihilation by the Neighbor Who Frightens me. I see hopeful signs recently -- downy and hairy have both visited this week, and squirrels are now nesting in my trees where they have not nested before.

    Pileated is always a good omen, I think.

    Life and decay -- there is a poignant balance. Your new home seems able to offer this, and so I shamelessly envy you.

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