Midnight Movers

I’ve been a bit mum on the house lately, partly because I don’t want to jinx it and partly because I feel so incredibly blessed and full of gratitude about the grant and the loan, how everything came together that I just want to savor it. When I signed the disclosure papers, all my stressful worries about the money evaporated. We close on Wednesday.

Pinch me… is this real?

It is definitely a life changer. Oh my gosh… no more paying jacked up rents! My house payment, with taxes and insurance included, will be less than $220 a month. And, because the house is small, well insulated, and has the newer style “replacement” windows, it will be cheap to heat – gas company quoted $47 for a budget plan. That is a major perk considering Ohio can be a bitter wonderland when the cold winds blow.

This house is ideal for me… a one bedroom ranch/cottage with an office.

20160901_103610.jpgAs you can see, that second bedroom is way too small to be a bedroom. It is just the right size for a computer desk and chair, maybe a bookcase and a plant stand, and that’s it.

No, it is NOT a “spare” room… that’s my office.
No, it will NOT double as a guest room… that is my office.

Call me selfish, but I need private space to think and write, to work on graphic designs or whatever; a room that is off limits to grandchildren and random visitors. Overnight guests can crash in the living room, BYO air mattress if I’ve yet to buy some kind of Futon or Murphy bed.

Frown all you want, I’m not giving up my office.

It is not going to be a hobby room either… I’ve tried that before and it just became a catch-all.  An office must remain true to form and function, just like a bedroom must be a clutter-free sleep zone.

If all goes well and I get the keys when we close on Wednesday, the “Midnight Movers” will have me out of here this weekend.  Google if you want, but that’s NOT a moving company… these guys are friends of M’s who know about the elevator situation here, so they want to move me out in the middle of the night, when the only functioning elevator is not being heavily used.

That’s another reason that I will be so glad to be out of here… one very slow and cranky elevator servicing 173 apartments in a high rise building designated for elderly and disabled persons is not adequate. There are people on the 16th floor in wheelchairs, tenants missing limbs, every ailment you could think of, and only one functioning elevator, limited to 5 riders at a time, now for darn near an entire year.

They are working on it… uh-huh, yeah… slow as molasses.

I don’t know when M is moving… he’s got his name in for an apartment in another downtown building, thinks he will like it there. He talks about getting a VA loan to buy his own house, too.

I can feel change coming, not sure which way the wind will blow about that, perhaps bittersweet, time will tell. All I can do is take life as it comes, eh? But, right now… I can’t help but feel so incredibly blessed.

Thanks for reading.






Oh… Copper!


Sheets and pipes are boxed, but I just had to “pack” wire in a plastic bin for easy access as copper whispers ideas of little things I could make to sell at Art Walk in August.

I didn’t get the house I wanted. A cash buyer swooped in before the agent had time to submit my offer so I made an offer on a little house with a big treasure: an amazing workshop full of saws and machinery, complete with an old man’s lifetime hoard of hand tools. The work bench itself was impressive.  Even his wood stash area, with racks on walls, was a maker’s dream.

The seller countered with a request for more earnest money and a big fat NO on including all items left in the workshop.

Hey, couldn’t resist, I’m a tool freak… that room was like WOW, I couldn’t believe they cleaned out the house and forgot the workshop.

Since my original offer was more than their asking price and they said NO on the workshop, I took a chance by offering a lower price hoping they would think about how much of a pain it would be to haul all those big heavy machines up and out of that basement and counter back with a new price that would include the workshop but no… they just said okay, accepted my offer for the house without the workshop.

So, I’m buying a house.

It’s not a done deal yet… house must pass inspection for an FHA loan, so I will be cautiously optimistic until the keys are in my hand.

As for the house itself… It’s a one bedroom ranch with an office (second bedroom feels like an office, ideal space to write and/or design/make buttons), a big kitchen open to a table space, and a living room that will never be used unless I put an easel in there. Major perk: not one square inch of carpet. Kitchen and bath are tiled, other rooms have hardwood floors, and most (if not all… one of those details noticed but forgot if in all) rooms have ceiling fans.

 As for outside… It has a nice sized covered front porch with roll down sun shades (unless the seller takes those) and a brick patio out back. The detached garage also has a covered porch/patio with a porch swing (asked for that) and there are flower beds here and there and all around the edges of a fenced in back yard.

The house is ideal for me… So crossing fingers and hoping all goes well with inspections and everything.

Thanks for reading!