It's been a while since Mollye made a post and I usually rely on her to tell everyone how things have been - so I guess it's up to me....
Contents of today's article:
Lela's High Chair
Jason and Diane
Kimi and Mike
So we were driving around a couple of weeks ago, scoping out "For Sale" signs and looking to see what was on the market, when we found this BEAUTIFUL (actually the color is horrible!) house w/ a big piece of paper on the front door that said it was a bank owned foreclosure... We looked it up on the internet and lo-and-behold the bank is asking $415,000 - they sold it to themselves for $525,000 (the value of the original mortgage + the second). We tossed around the idea of offering $300,000 and seeing what the bank would do. A national bank owns the house, and we both figure that w/ the economy the banks have enough inventory on their hands that maybe they are desperate... With that I scheduled a walk through of the house w/ the realtor we had met a couple weeks before when toying with they idea of buying a piece of property and putting a manufactured home on it. We talked with the bank this week about getting pre-approval - and they actually want to give us money! We'll have to come up w/ 5% or 15,000 plus closing costs (probably another 5k) but we'll have until May to do so (our lease isn't up until then and if we make an offer that will be one of the stipulations.
I immediately fell in love with the house. It needs work - a lot of work... Which could work out for us since it's enough that someone else may not want to buy it - and it helps to devalue the place.
It's a long friggin shot that we'd get this house - and if we got it - money would be tight, we'd be relagated to living in Seattle for longer than we had originally planned, and money would be TIGHT. But Mollye and I both think it'd be worth it, to live in this house.
So we'll see how things play out.
Short one here:
We had a fire (in the fire pit) on Friday night. Scott came over and we sat and drank some beer. I've come to the conclusion that sitting around the fire pit is good for my soul. It'd been too long since I've been able to stare into the flames and absorb some light and heat.
I've been qualified for about 4 months now and my rigorous schedule has paid off - I talked with the scheduler about cutting down on some of my watches so that I could have a more normal schedule (especially compared w/ the other guys) and he agreed. So in March I have only 8 watches, and I'll have to go in and day work (yay express buses!).
Lela's High Chair
We switched Lela out of her high chair into a booster chair after a recent night at the Jones' house in which Lela sat in a regular chair and ate her dinner like a big girl. It's made a hell of a difference in the amount of food that ends up on the floor! Yay!
I got a replacement motherboard from dad. It has no processor and no memory. I've got my fingers crossed that the components on my board are compatible - otherwise Mollye has pretty much kibashed the idea of getting a new computer. Sigh...
The Aerogarden is going strong, we've now got enough Cilantro that we could flavor a meal. The Jalapeno's are trodding along and the Tomato plant is over a foot tall already! I've had to raise the hood two levels so far to accomodate it. I've been pruning the tomato plant and from everything I've read expect it to flower soon!
The flowers in the pot (absorbing spilled light) are doing well - although their growth seems to have been stunted. I think I may not have been giving them enough water. Their soil was drying out rather quickly, so I put a clear glass over the pot to help retain some moisture while still letting light in.
The avacado didn't germinate. I got ansy and put the seed into a peat pot, and couldn't keep it wet enough for it's taste. I'll try again some day, but think I have my hands full for now.
Jason and Diane
Jason and Diane are coming! Yay!
We just found out that some of our closest friends are making the move from Key West Florida to just down the road in Oregon! We look forward to being close enough to visit on a long weekend and hope they are looking forward to it as well.
Kimi and Mike
Last night (Valentines day) we hosted Kimi and Mike and it occured to me how wonderful it is to live right down the road from people who enjoy us for us. They are an amazing couple and it's always great to hang out with them, whether it's sitting around the fire, chilling in the drinking hut, or even playing spades and hanging out inside - Kimi and Mike have proven to be great friends.
Note: I never had any doubt about this - but it's always nice when as a couple, you find a couple who you get along so well with. Know what I'm getting at?
That's all folks.