I have been on blogging hiatus for the last week because we were in Jackson shopping for a new house. The good news is that we were successful. We bought a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 5.5 acres just a few miles east of Union. The house is beautiful, the land is beautiful, the whole area is beautiful.
The house is fourteen years old and was built by the couple from whom we purchased it. It's a single-story, split plan, meaning that the master bedroom is on one side of the house and the other two bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house. The details are amazing...crown molding in every room, a whirlpool tub in the enormous master bathroom, a door that shuts off the wing where the two "other" bedrooms are located, a full size laundry/utility room just off the kitchen. It isn't decorated to our taste, but there's nothing that needs to be addressed immediately. We can take all the time we need to remove the omnipresent wallpaper and repaint the walls.
And the land...oh, the land. Much of it is wooded. And there are areas of open grass, areas with small stands of trees that provide ample shade, and in the back is an area that's already fenced off for whatever menagerie Jay may choose.
But the real coup...when we went back to see it a second time the owner was out mowing the lawn on his John Deere riding mower. While talking to him, we found out that he and his wife are moving to a house on a tiny parcel of land, so I asked if he was going to have any use for his mower. He said that he had planned to give it to his son-in-law, but that if we really wanted it, he'd give it to us for a reasonable price. So we wrote it into our contract and they agreed. Joshua gets his John Deere tractor after all!
So it was a success, but not without its stressful moments. More details to follow.