There’s No Place Like Home

Friday after work my guys drove home for the weekend. It was so good to see them! I love for the weekends!

Saturday we drove to the home improvement store to buy paint so that I could paint the garage, back porch (inside and out), and front porch. I was really looking forward to beginning these projects this week, but then I saw that it’s supposed to rain and get colder this week so I will have to delay my work.


JJ hates going to the home improvement store, but he set up our new GPS for us and wanted to test it so he went along with us. We had to give our GPS a name. My sister-in-law named her GPS “Gracie” after George Burns’ wife. I think that’s a cute name. We decided to name our GPS VIKI after the artificial intelligence in the movie I, Robot. She felt that humans were a danger to themselves so she sought to “protect” them by tightly controlling them so they could do no harm. If the GPS had had a male voice we would have named it “HAL” after the murderous computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odessy. No sweet little GPS personality for us. We like science fiction and have watched too many movies about computers taking over the world.

As we drove along, VIKI called out directions. EJ, who rarely gets lost and doesn’t need VIKI like I do, disregarded her directions and drove the route he wanted. JJ and I told him that he was making VIKI upset and if he wasn’t careful he’d turn her into a controlling psychopath who twisted Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics to “protect” us. I think we are going to have fun with VIKI.

During Saturday afternoon, EJ and his friend worked on his pick up truck, to get it running. Once we get it to our new home, we will use it to plow our driveway in the winter. While he was off doing that, I washed the guys’ dirty laundry.

Today EJ and I drove to the city to get the tires rotated on his “Buggy”–the Xterra. None of the tire places were opened today, however. It would have been a totally unsuccessful trip except that EJ and I had a pleasant drive together and I got to play around with VIKI so that I could get familiar with her before I have to depend on her for real.

Friday EJ asked the realtor to write up another offer on the house we are interested in. We waited all day Saturday to hear from the sellers and all this morning. Nothing. I told EJ this morning that since life has not changed for me–I’m still living down here, still in our old house, still walking Danny the same route, still shopping at the same stores–going to the Emerald City seems like a dream to me. It’s like when you say that someday you will travel the world, but you can’t imagine it ever becoming a reality. It’s just something you dream about.

At 2 p.m. EJ and JJ packed their stuff into the Buggy and prepared to leave. I said my goodbyes and then went into the house and checked our email. Then I rushed outside, just before my guys began to drive away.

“We got an email from our realtor!” I shouted. “We have a deal! They accepted our offer!”

If everything goes well–the inspections and financing–we will close on June first. WHOO HOO! Soon our dream will become a reality for us all.

Our house has everything we wanted. It is a one story house with three bedrooms that need little work. We will just need to replace the carpet and paint the rooms the colors we prefer. It has a huge pantry, and a huge garage for EJ. It is located on five beautiful acres. This is what our house and property looks like:

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I can’t wait to get there and begin my new life.


6 Comments on “There’s No Place Like Home

  1. Oh my goodness, this was so good, I felt like I was watching you run out of the house and stop that vehicle. I am so happy for you to have the new house. Good luck painting.


  2. And your adventure continues, so happy for all of you your posts have been wonderful and thanks for sharing with us. love ya


  3. I finally am at my large computer and can look at the slide show. I am anxious to see the inside. Your new house looks great from the outside and all that area around it to just enjoy the outdoors. I love it, and can’t wait to see you in it. Wish I could come and help you paint and pack. I will be sending you good “vibs” through the blog to help you with the work left to go.


    • I wish you could help me paint and pack too! The pictures on the real estate site were not all that good.

      The kitchen looks pretty nice but it’s red and I don’t like red so we will paint it. There are no pictures of the living room, but EJ says it’s a dark blue. Yuck. So I will paint that too. I like earthy colors, like a light sage or a yellowy brown. Not sure if I will go for those colors or just a neutral off-white. EJ says that other than the colors, the house is tremendous.


      • I remember moving into the house I just loved in Jamestown. My first plan was to change the wallpaper in the dinning room. It ended up being one of the last things I did, and what I missed most when we left there. Happy moving!


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