Saturday, May 31, 2008

We have the keys! And we are loopy excited out of our minds.

But oh. my. goodness. All those papers we had to sign! Must have been at least 80 (I am so not kidding.) The neat thing was that there at the county courthouse we sat in a wing of the huge deeds room at tables along with other couples who were buying houses. I enjoyed that part--I was as excited for all of them as I was for us.

But the paperwork! And the lawyers.... sheesh. When we bought our first house in New York 15 years ago, we had 'just' two real estate lawyers present--the one representing us and the one representing the seller. Yesterday there were three--our real estate lawyer and a bank lawyer representing us, and a bank lawyer representing the sellers. And unfortunately the sale didn't go on the record yesterday because neither of the bank lawyers had even heard of a 13-year loan (and one of them was so ancient, the kind of lawyer who looks like he came with the county building when it was built eons ago). :) So some of the paperwork had to be tweaked, that required extra time and phone calls, and the window closed (literally), which made the sellers' bank lawyer quite unhappy for reasons I never did understand. In fact, I only understood a quarter of the jargon and the paperwork, just enough to get that New York state makes buying a house as complicated as it possibly can (Tom and I tried not to snicker over some of the papers we signed. The reasons for some were laughable.)

At one point, one of the lawyers, used some big, long words with the jist that Tom and I might have to wait until Monday to take possession of the house. Immediately I thought, "Oh! Just try to keep us from getting the keys today! Good luck with keeping my new old house and me apart over the weekend, especially because of typographical errors totally not our fault."

But it all worked out, for us, anyway, and we have the keys and we drove through the countryside to our old farmhouse, rejoicing. And this weekend we will be camping-out there inside the house and cleaning, laying shelf paper (I found two rolls of wallpaper upstairs--how fun!-- which I'll use), unpacking groceries and working out in the yard where the grass is getting tall so very fast.

So all this is to say my blog posts will most likely be few and far between for a couple weeks. Bear with me and keep checking back. I'd hate to lose any of you at this incredible time of my life... your kind, encouraging words have made this whole experience more special.

Thanks for all your interesting comments to my last two posts!


daisymarie said...

You won't lose me!
I'll be praying for you as you nest.
May God's blessing rest on every box, in every corner, and most clearly in your hearts.

Yay for keys!

Nan said...

The house is adorable. I just want to walk inside! And the barn is great, the perfect color. I'm so excited for you, Debra.

Pat said...

Oh, I'll be checking back! I can't wait to see your new life unfold in this beautiful new God given home.
May your blessings abound!

Jammie J. said...


I'm so happy for you, you're going to have such a wonderful, wonderful time! :)

Anonymous said...

HOW EXCITING!!! I'll be thinking of you and all your excitement as you settle in during the weeks that come. Congratulations!

Italian Gal said...

Dear Debra & Tom, Congratulations!!! Enjoy your new life. It will be filled with new adventures. God bless.

Mom2fur said...

Congratulations and best of luck in your new home. You really could drown in the paperwork, though, couldn't you? But I'm sure it was worth getting writer's cramp, signing all those papers to get your cute house!

Anonymous said...

Oh wonderfully exciting!!I've been following your journey for almost three years now...and am look forward to what you will learn in this place :)


jar said...

I don't think that you will lose any of us :-). Enjoy everything and we will be here waiting!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Debra and Tom! I'm so happy for you. I'm just back from a weekend at our cottage at Chautauqua with all three of my children and two grandchildren and one son-in-law or I would have read your entry sooner. But I'm catching up now, and send you my best wishes for joy in your new home!

nancyr said...

You are going to have so much fun "nesting" and making that house your home!

Judy said...

Oh, the FUN you will have!

I am SO happy to be ten months into our new place. The joy of watching another gardeners work bloom for me has been extremely rewarding.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. Looking forward to reading all about what you do with the house.