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We flew into Seattle last Saturday, saw four different houses on Vashon Island on Sunday, made an offer on one on Monday, and will be going off to the Inspection in about an hour. Financing arranged, insurance policy written-up, closing date set for July 15th. Whew!

I'm still too new at this LJ stuff to have figured out how to post a picture here, but if you email me I'll send you a jpeg.

It's a fairly new Contemporary single level house on 2.7 acres about five miles from the ferry dock and a mile out of town. Recently remodeled, the interior is beige. Beige carpet, beige walls, beige countertops. You name it. Good thing we have all those bookshelves to liven the place up.

During todays inspection I plan to measure out every room and have some idea of how many bookshelves we WON'T be moving from Chicago. A critical piece of knowledge before our Yard Sale on July 3rd.

I really wonder how this yard sale will work out. We have, besides a lot of bookshelves, quite a lot of books we won't be moving, giant piles of clothes and kitchen stuff and a fair number of old but working computers.

If you're in town, stop by 1935 W. Pratt in Chicago between 9 am and 3 pm on Saturday, July 3rd. We might even have cookies or something.


Jun. 22nd, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC)
A house in the country. That'll be a big change for you. Have you ever lived outside of Chicago before?

Much as I'd love to get to the garage sale, it's a bit out of my way, sigh.
Jun. 29th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
I've lived in other places than big cities, and had extended visits in places even smaller than where we're moving to. My grandfather raised catfish on a farm in southern Alabama, near a town so small that the one room Genereal Store (which had the only gas pump for miles) was also the official Post Office for the area. The listed population figure for the town was 23.

Mike and I have always been attracted to the idea of a fairly rural place that had a big city not too far away. The house we bought in Aurora back in 1984 was pretty close, but as the years passed, the fields were paved over and the city grew to reach what had been a fairly isolated area.

The change will be the biggest for Marty, who has always lived in this apartment building, and will soon have a mammoth yard surrounded mostly by woods. The thing we all expect he will miss the most is his cousins, just as I expect to dearly miss my sibs as well as all the friends we have in the Chicago area.

Having ponies stabled two doors down from your house doesn't replace all the friends he will loose on this move - but it is a nice consolation prise. And I have high hopes that with the crowd of relatives out of reach he may learn to make friends of his own.

So I'm really looking forward to having moved. But I'm not at all looking forward to moving.


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