Monday, March 30, 2009

It's Official

No music this morning. I've whiled away too many hours already catching up with all my blog buddies after nearly a week out of the blogosphere, and now the morning is getting away from me.

But I wanted to let you know we now own the lovely piece of dirt pictured above, and in the process of making the purchase we also met some sterling people who made us feel very welcome. To our real estate's office mates we're known simply as "the guys," and Edenton being the tiny town it is, we were greeted with huge hellos every time we ran into one of them in our perambulations. The lawyer who handled the settlement offered his services for whatever else we may need--I know he wants our money, but he's a straight shooter, well-known locally, and it's nice to have somebody like him in our corner.

We talked to three builders and saw their work. They're all top-notch in every way, so our decision on which of them to go with will really boil down to price. We should make that choice in the next couple of weeks.

In the little time I had left here after writing and then heading to North Carolina, it never warmed up and it rained pretty much constantly, so all that painting and washing I talked about last week still have to be done. And because of all the rain and the recent warmer temperatures, the grass is ready to be cut. It's not much warmer, alas, but at least we're promised a dry next couple of days, so my week's work is cut out for me, especially if we intend to get the house on the market a week from today!

It's nice to be back with you!

15 comments:

Mim said...

Ralph,
Hip hip hooray it's yours.
Next the builder.
You have done quite well in your switch in plans.
It's cold here too although I'm itching to get outside into my flower beds and get some landscaping done.
Yes it was good to go to SF as it always is. Rejuvenating for sure.
Thanks for keeping us up on your progress.
Although painting your porch spindles looks tedious to me. Bravo to you on them.
One week from today will surely keep you hopping all week.

Jeff said...

Good to have you back Ralph! And glad that all proceeded well with good karma all around! Good luck in the next steps! :)
- J.

Ralph said...

Mim, "tedious" hardly does justice to describve painting those spindles! Just a few more to do and it's done.

I HOPE we're hopping next week!

Ralph said...

Thanks, friend Jeff. Fingers crossed.....

Zoey and Me said...

Hey Ralph,

When was the last time we had a food friday around this joint?

Ralph said...

I'm sorry, Z&M!! It's been crazy here and IK haven't had the chance to cook up anything new and interesting. I do have something in the pipeline I hope I can do by Friday....

Zoey and Me said...

I know you been busy. I just like to give you a hard time.

Cuidado said...

Congratulations on your land. As I said previously, it looks like a dandy spot. We can wait till you're ready for music.

Ralph said...

I know, Z&M, but I do miss the old routine. I hope I can get back to it soon.

Ralph said...

Thanks, Cuidado. Yeah, my life's been a real estate soap opera and my blog buddies have gotten the brunt of it! I should be back to normal for a while anyway, later in the week....

Nan said...

Congratulations! We've missed you hear, but knew you were busy. Good luck with next phase...

Nan said...

oops- meant to say "missed you here!" or "missed you, dear!" Perhaps it means we've missed "hearing" the music. Hmmm. Or it could just mean I am too tired to be reading blogs after this full Monday.

Ralph said...

Nan, LOL! I understood what you meant. I'm tired too.

Jenny said...

Glad your plans have taken this direction. North Carolina is a lovely state.

Ralph said...

Hi, Jenny. Yep, there could be lots worse places than North Carolina. We'll miss the compactness of where we've been--Arlington and Delaware--but at the same time we're already getting used to the greater distances between points down there. It'll mean more wear and tear on our cars, but they've been pampered all these years and should have many more years of life ahead of them. We hope, anyway!