Tuesday, September 28, 2010


We can't get the house.  I hate mortgage brokers.  I wish we had the money to just buy the house we fell in love with outright!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


We have been looking for a home for the past 3 years.  Yes, 3 years.  We moved here 3 years ago, with the intention of purchasing a house the first year.  Thus living only 1 year in an apartment.  God laughed, and well.... one more year in an apartment.  Same thing the next year.  But through this all, we've been looking at houses, and finally, we found what seemed like THE. PERFECT. HOUSE.  So we emailed our agent, I drove past, and we officially looked at it last night.  It was built in 1900, old farm house, built on 1.3 acres, surrounded by farms.  We drove up, and I completely fell in love.  So did my husband.  Great, right?  Yeah, not so much.  The foundation in the corner is crumbling, and there's something in the roof/attic that makes the ceiling upstairs bow downward.  Both of those things make the house not. so. perfect.  :(  So we looked at another house, on an acre, but it's a manufactured home, and it doesn't have much storage.  And I'm a freak about storms, like I am obsessed with basements.  So for me to go from "must have basement" to "sure, we can live in a manufactured house, aka doublewide, with no safe place during a storm, oh, and by the way, our house is actually dropping in price every day we live in it!" is kind of a huge deal. 

What we're dealing with right now, is that I cannot see ourselves living in any of the homes we can afford for more than 5-10 years.  They're tiny.  And while that doesn't bother me, I just can't deal with no basement for longer than that- I will go crazy.  But, it will force us to live more simply- that's for dang sure!  :) 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


So I got a book today from our local library about chickens!  I am so thrilled, I've found a few bulletin boards on raising chickens, and I am so excited about learning how to raise them.  And what kind of chickens to get.  I know I want some basic chickens, and some easter egg colored chickens, and probably some more rarer chickens.  I'm not sure how many I'm looking at purchasing, but I'm thinking 10.  Wow.  That somewhat is amazing to me.  I never in a million years thought that I'd want chickens, but here I am, prowling the internet looking for the best chickens, coops, where to purchase them, the best nurseries, etc. 

Monday, September 13, 2010


...we didn't get the house.  It's gone already.  Oh well- something better will come along.

We are still looking for a house.  Looks like we will be heading about 5 miles further north in the county.  It'll be considered rural, so we'll be able to get the USDA rural loans. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New house?

We have been looking for a house for 3 years now.  The first one sold from under us, the 2nd, we can't get a preapproval that high, and now this one- I've pretty much told my husband that if we like it, we're putting an offer in on it, depending on how much we can get preapproved for, and how much we will have to have for a downpayment.  As far as we can tell, it only needs cosmetic updates.  Which, whatever, we can do that!  It is an older home, so that's cool- we're not adding to the huge amounts of garbage that is created whenever a brand new house is built.  It's also on a lot big enough that if we put up a fence, or even if we don't, we can have a compost pile, a garden, and possibly bees and chickens.  Chickens I'm more concerned with because of the laws.  But I'll have to look into it, it's an older neighborhood, and bees probably won't be against the law.  I'm way more excited about bees than chickens!  And, we can string up a clothesline, there's no HOA to prevent that.  So we shall see.