Friday, July 11, 2008

Finally, ...

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for the 7th step of AA

that I have a Higher Power to help me through the rest of my life

that Mary Christine introduced us to Steve E yesterday. Drop by and say howdy.

that Hayden and I are the new owners of a very nice home in the most eclectic part of the 4th largest city in the United States. This is the most recent picture I have. There's a wrought iron railing now on the 2nd floor in front of the doors.

that although we had a somewhat difficult time in closing yesterday, I made it through without losing my temper (not even a little bit). Our builder and his agent decided to wait until closing to present us with over $14K worth of surprises. More than two hours of negotiations ensued, after which we were satisfied with the outcome. These matters should have been brought to our attention long before the closing date.

for Hayden and his no-nonsense negotiating skills

Aim for the moon...even if you miss you'll land amongst the stars.
-Unknown

14 comments:

Lee said...

Congrats on the new home and surviving the closing!

Pam said...

Oh, I'm so glad y'all are starting the new house adventure. YAHOO

Trailboss said...

I can hear your sigh of relief all the way up here in Kentucky!

Mary Christine said...

Your house looks beautiful. May you have a sober, happy, serene life there.

Scott W said...

At first I thought 14K worth of surprises were presents, then I reckoned they were things you had to pay for. Not the same thing at all.

craftylady said...

When's the housewarming party?
Congratulations on keeping your cool - you wouldn't have done that a couple of years ago!

♥Shann♥ said...

Good job on NOT loosing your temper! and I am sooo glad for you that you got in your house with Hayden!!!!! YAY
Happy Friday

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Ahhhh, home sweet home!

recoveryroad said...

I hope you and Hayden are very happy in your new home. Pass on my regards to him.

"I made it through without losing my temper (not even a little bit)."

**grins at Dave**

Syd said...

I could feel my own anxiety reading about closing and closing costs. Sounds like your builder has some ethics issues. I like no-nonsense negotiating but prefer to deal with sensible people so that I don't have to use those skills.

Zane-nawwaa said...

And the Fat Lady Sang. CONGRATS for the closing and not losing your cool. When is the move IN?

AlkySeltzer said...

Well now, without unveiling one of my defectivenesses (projection) =grin= I usually lose my cool tomorrow, or next week, after one of those hefty trials, where someone is "taking advantage" of me. For me/us resentments are the #(fill in the blank) offender!
It's truly a pleasure to know ALL youse guys!
Steve

Bill said...

Now you and Hayden can be like The Honeymooners in your new home!

Who will play Alice and who will be Ralph?

dailypiglet said...

bravo to you for not losing your cool at the closing. that kind of stuff sends even earth people to the moon. can't wait to see more pics of your new home, "it's purty from nearest i kin tell".