Diary

My Big Fat Greek House

The ants come marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah The ants come marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah… The pest guy came back today. Marc met him (I’m at work). Marc says the the pest guy “baited” the ants. He warned me that the ant problem looks worse but it’s actually getting better. I’m not sure how it could be…

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Moving…

Friday night, on my way home from work, Marc called to say that his Mother had gone into the hospital and wasn’t doing well. Instead of packing boxes and clearing off all the furniture for our move on Saturday, we drove 2 hours to the Gridley Hospital. We arrived at 8:30 PM. His mom died at 12:45 Saturday morning. She…

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Ideas

HGTV rocks!

They’re officially too cool for words. We now have a floor plan to work from. Marc measured the rooms yesterday and I laid them out in HGTV’s room planner at http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/pac_ctnt_wide/text/0,,HGTV_17897_23822,00.html. We came up with this: As mentioned. Too cool for words!

How-To

Lovely Window Trim

Someday we’ll be able to do things to the house that aren’t just to keep it from falling into ruin. When that someday comes I want to dress out the windows. Here’s a nice link to a how-to for dressing out windows in a victorian style. http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/finishcarp/victorian/case/install.html

Diary, What were they thinking?

If it’s not one thing…

This is precisely why I wanted the POs out sooner rather than later. Today the new fridge, washer and dryer were delivered. (YEAH!). Marc met the Sears delivery folks. The washer went in like a dream. Marc has already run a load through the washer. He’s thrilled with it. I think that’s the only thrilling thing about today.

Diary, What were they thinking?

Turning blue

Good thing I didn’t hold my breath. Without going into details, after a whole lot of back and forth in which I spoke to my realtor, Mr. O’s realtor, the county sheriff and a lawyer… Mr. O’s realtor agreed that Mr. O and family would be completely out by Saturday midnight and that Mr. O’s realtor would meet us at…

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Finally…

On December 5, 2005 the title company finally called to say we closed. I actually had to ask if there was anything else that could go wrong. Really, buying a house shouldn’t be this hard. The title agent confirmed that we are actually closed. It’s my house.. well sort of.

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Context

On December 5, 2005 we closed on our first home purchase. We paid $399,900 and considering the Bay Area home market I think this was a good price. Built in: 1948 Location: San Pablo, CA Home Size: 852 sq ft 1 story, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, detached garage. Dining room. Laundry area.