What just happened?

April 28, 2009 at 8:51 am 4 comments

I took Sis to Wichita Sunday evening, and put her on a plane home early Monday morning. Her visit was long (27 days) and enjoyable, but I woke up this morning thinking it went much too quickly.  Her last few days here were a whirlwind of activity (even if you don’t count the tornado scares)—with circumstances changing by the minute. 

Sis wanted to look for a house while she was here.  Not necessarily a “move back permanently” home at this point…more like a place so that when she comes home for extended visits, she will have a place of her own. She wanted something near us and near my dad’s place, and she wanted an older home with some character rather than a new cookie-cutter place. Because she has dogs, a big yard was also on her “wish list.” We inquired about the property next to ours (house and 10 acres), but it was undergoing work and being prepared for a renter.  *sigh*  We contacted a realtor friend and started looking at houses.

Fastforward to the Thursday before Sis left to go home.  My phone rang, and suddenly the property next door was for sale, but we had to act quickly. (To put this into context, I’ll add that Sis and I were preparing to host a wedding shower for 30 people at my home on Saturday. Think cake, snacks, tables/chairs, decorations, punch, etc.)

Well, husband and I had some rapid conversations, as did Sis and I.  He wanted the land; she wanted the house and a yard. We all prayed about it, and ultimately decided to go for it. Husband and I signed the contract (to purchase) yesterday, and the seller will sign today.  (Ummmm, we hope he doesn’t change his mind!)  Part of our terms were that their contractors STOP work immediately and that we take immediate possession. We’ve worked out a deal where Sis will buy her part from us later.

So this morning I stood in my driveway, drinking coffee and looking at the property next door with a whole new perspective.  Just five days ago, I stood in the same spot and had no idea that I was about to own the place.  What just happened?  😀

PS: This is the view from the dirt road we live on…not the view from my house.


 Don’t laugh…the house is 102 years old and needs work! It is a 4 BR, 1 3/4 bath, formal dining room (on the back side) with a large bay window, a huge kitchen, a separate utility room, a partial basement and a “fraid-y hole.” Much of the original woodwork is intact.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan  |  May 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Does that style of house have a name? I’ve never seen one like it in the northeast. This will be an adventure for your sister–and probably for you, too. Congratulations!

  • 2. okwriter2  |  May 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I think that style of house is known as “old cobbled-up farmhouse with a widow’s walk.” 🙂

  • 3. Whitney  |  May 4, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    How perfect for you all! I love it, and I am so excited for you guys!!! Hope you will post pictures of the progress.

  • 4. Leslie  |  June 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    That’s is a great little house. 4 bedrooms? and a fraid-y hole. LOL. My DH used to call them scardy holes. You need them in Oklahoma, and Nebraska.


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