Over the past several weeks I have found myself pretty heavily distracted by things that are going on in my life… Here’s what I mean:
My Mom is 93 going on 94 and although she is in amazing health she has come to the realization that it’s about time for her to sell her house and move in with us so as to avoid things like housework and cooking, not to mention driving and so forth; I’m sure that many of you have been through this same sort of thing.
I guess that all sounds simple enough, but at least in our case there are a few extra complications. We live in Illinois; she lives in California. We have a wonderful “mother-in-law’s quarters” in our house in Illinois. Sadly however, it is on the third floor, and at 93 stairs are a bit of a problem, so not only must we sell her house in California, but we must also sell ours in Illinois, and find one in which stairs won’t be an issue, and in this part of the world, that’s a tall order.
Oh, did I mention that I am one of those unwise people who bought at the top of the market, just a year before the crash?
Prices haven’t rebounded yet in this part of the world… Oh My!
For the last couple of weeks I have had painters and construction people through here almost every day sprucing things up in hopes to minimize our losses, and I’ve been trying to get the spring cleaning done out in the yard which isn’t an easy task during a time of year where it rains 4 or 5 days each week, almost like some kind of a plot to keep me from finishing up.
Now it’s time for me to head west and get to work on her house, so off I go. For the next week or two we will be going through closets and storage to thin things out and get her ready to move and her house put on the market. Fortunately out in California the market has recovered and by all accounts is moving fairly quickly and we don’t foresee any great difficulties selling her home of 30 years… which means we really need to find the right place back here in the next few weeks so she’ll have a place to live when her house sells… and so I can have two mortgages to pay.
To be honest with you, dear reader, this situation would probably make me crazy, except for the fact that I know that God is working in this somewhere and that at just the right time He will have a new place for us to go and a buyer for our house and everything will work out just fine unless I get crazy and try to force my own timetable into the situation and get mess everything up.
Yes, I must admit I’m tempted just to take charge and force my way ahead, but experience tells me that tends to be the wrong move.
God is in charge, not Don.
So why am I telling you this now?
Because I will be 2,000 miles from my work station for the next two weeks. However, I’m sure I’ll have tales to tell when I return, and who knows I might be able to check in a time or two. In the meantime, wish me luck and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!
Anybody looking for an historic Victorian in NW Illinois? Such a deal I will make!