For a long time now I have been writing here about having a forever home for the cats. There have been so many problems and setbacks over the years. Now, thanks to my late aunt, who I miss talking to every week, the goal is achieved. Tomorrow we are going to the attorney’s office. This old house will become our old house. This is one of the things that has kept me so busy I’ve found myself changing publishing times on posts. The house needs an awful lot of work and some of it should have been done months, if not years ago. But it will be ours and we can remedy the faults.
The delays on my poor aunt’s estate were inexcusable and almost everyone involved contributed. Like Charlie Brown with Lucy and the football, I have had the rug pulled out from under me so many times over the years, not just with my aunt’s estate but in other situations, I have been afraid to talk much about it for fear of jinxing it. But the money is in the attorney’s escrow account and all is set. Fortunately, my experience upgrading my former employer’s house when I was an estate manager makes the rehab process on this little house much easier for me. And of course the house is liveable, we’ve been living in it all along.
I’ve written about happily being able to do Feng Shui on the house and pick room colors other than white, which I’ve lived with for years in rentals. There is a lot more than that to do, though. When I went to the bank to wire the money to the attorney’s escrow I asked the assistant manager at the bank if they wrote contruction loans. Her reply was “We write home equity loans. How much equity will you have?” There was about a thirty second delay as she realized she was writing a wire for a cash purchase. “Oh that’s right. You’re paying cash!”
So not only will we have our little house but we won’t owe any bank or loan or mortgage company. What a relief! And no more rent! So I probably won’t be taking the bank up on the home equity loan offer. Why jeopardize that freedom? My focus once the ink is dry will be on fixing upthe house one step at a time in increments I can afford. Yesterday I took all the doors off the kitchen cabinets after Mi Sun got her tail stepped on and went and hid way at the back corner of the botton cabinet. I wanted to make sure she wasn’t really hurt but couldn’t reach her. I no more want to get down on my hands and knees to drag out food or pots and pans than Mi Sun. Those cabinets are coming out!! That corner is next to the sink and the perfect place for a dishwasher instead
Not only in the house but in the yard I can finally do as I want. The first thing to go will be all that useless lawn. I want gardens. I want a small herb and vegetable garden. The rest of the back yard I plan to turn into a Japanese stroll garden. At some point I will replace the concrete back steps with the gaping hole in the top with a proper porch. Ideally it would be partially enclosed and double as a catio with big windows that would have screens in the summer. I could buy a couple more of Furrwood Forest’s big cat trees to put in it. Maybe Steve would do a custom one for me.
Today’s post is a short one as I will be off to my storage unit to bring home some of the things that have been in there since my landlord first announced the house was for sale. Not knowing what would happen and not wanting to get stuck moving in a hurry with no help as happened when I first came here, I gradually moved as much as possible into storage last spring. Now it can come out and come home. I had the attic tested for asbestos and now know it is safe, although very dusty and dirty. The floor insulation is only cellulose, not even fiberglass, so I can use it for storage until I eventually finish it. I just bought plastic sheeting to keep the dust off everything. I need to do these trips in the morning before the humidity and heat bring on thunderstorms. And of course I have to do it on sunny days. The last two have been rainy and lots more rainy days are in the forecast. So I am leaving after I finish these last words. It’s goig to be a good day.