Long time readers know that we’ve been looking to downsize for several years. Some might say decades. There are friends who think we use that as a conversation opener and aren’t serious about it. We are getting older and the house and yard work gets harder or maybe the energy just isn’t there. Whatever the case I’m pleased to announce we finally bought a house. A smaller house.
You’d think I’d be overjoyed and I am. Sort of. The house is beautiful. Our bedroom is on the first floor so when I get doppy I don’t have to go up and down stairs on my butt. The yard work is significantly less. That’s the good news and the bad news. Some things that have tied us to our current home are the outdoor features – large screened in porch, pond, garden, privacy plantings. We could run around naked and no one would see us. Not that we would!
It’s exciting but extremely stressful. First there is the negotiation. The game. How little to offer without insulting. It’s a hot market here and homes are selling within days. Then there is the financing. We may have to carry two homes for a short period until our current home sells and settles. Outside I am a cool cucumber. Inside there is a crazy squirrel on the loose.
You know what made that even worse? For the first time in eons, Starbucks mistakenly gave me a caffeinated coffee. I spent the better part of Sunday bouncing off walls. It was conspiracy theories and what if scenarios. (No, the conspiracy theories had nothing to do with politics or viruses.)
Oh yes, speaking of viruses, who buys a home in a pandemic? Who puts their home up for sale in a pandemic? Not a neurotic hypochondriac for sure. We will stock up on disinfectant as I will wipe down everything after each showing.
My other dilemma is how to tell the cats. New house has no screened porch. My cats are inside only and will remain that way. The new house has a deck but it’s not enclosed so they will not be allowed on it. Fortunately there are lots of windows and that will have to do until the beloved husband decides about adding a screened porch.
When you are selling a home you cannot have cat toys littering the house. They will not be happy. We must all be neat. No hairballs either.
We are hoping to break some of the cats’ bad habits in the new house like napping on the dining room table but you know how that goes. In the meantime I’m trying to keep my inner squirrel calm. Settlement is December 29. Please send acorns.