Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Salt of the Earth.

It was nice to go back to the City today.  At the car dealership they didn't charge me for labor so my bill was just 2.00 for a tail light bulb.  That was just the beginning of a great day.

I went to the Designer Fabric store.  They are having a step down sale.  Starting in July the fabric just goes more and more on sale.  This stuff is normally 40.00 a yard.  IT goes to like 20 then 10 then 5 and 4 and 3 then after Aug 11 the fabric takes it's final step down to 2.00 a yard.  I bought some today for 3.00 that matches my living room perfectly.  27.00 for wool living room curtains.  

I went to Decades.  If I had a wider readership I would not be breathing this name out loud for fear it will become too picked over, but I pretty much know who tunes in here.  Decades had about fourteen dresses, six hand bags, a wool coat and a tweed suit I really wanted to buy.  Cornflower blue beaded dress I was in totally love with?  32.00.  I didn't have enough cash, sadly.  (And isn't a beaded dress a bit much for a pasture wedding in the Colorado mountains?  I'm still thinking about making a dress of my creme eyelet wedding tablecloths.  You can wear off-white to a wedding safely, right?  Maybe not...)

I got donuts and Pepsi at Wayne's Corner Market and he told me a funny story about his wife having kids every 20 months to the day, to the hour!  All born at one in the afternoon like clockwork.

I went in to Cosmic Pictures and got a pleasant surprise.  Backstory:  I felt suddenly inspired in Legoland to sell our house.  Until that point I was totally certain this was the house we were supposed to raise our kids in and felt forced to make it work.  But I could suddenly see that selling it would pay off all our debt and leave a bit for a down payment and fix up the next one.  I thought of the house on the corner of Timpview Dr and 3950.  Just west of our current house.  It was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.  I love it.  I get it.  It functions.  I can see my family there.  I can see friends over.  I get this house and it gets me.  My friends own it.  I'd love to give money to people I love.  BUT- others have told me they tried to buy it and my friend didn't want to sell.  I called him a few weeks ago and left a message and he didn't call me back.  I left him a note.  I really had little hope but knew that if this was a real feeling, this feeling that this was supposed to be our house, that it would work out and I didn't have to keep calling him.  I let it go.   

So I went to Cosmic Pictures   And there is my friend that owns the house.  I've not seen him there in all of the four years I've been with them.  And since it was a surprise, I wasn't in my head about saying anything stupid or wrong, I just asked if they would want to sell us their house.  He said they used to want to keep it as a rental but he's tired of working on it.   With them not living in the same town, he can't just stop by and do the work.  And they would use the money to put toward their other mortgage.  He seemed to be excited to do it.  But he has to ask his wife.  He's a good man.

Now, keep in mind I don't feel like this was my idea.  I just downloaded the concept.  One minute I'm hanging out and the next minute I have this plan completely formed and already there in my consciousness.  The next part of the idea is to call the realtor that sold us our house.  At the time he told us that if we wanted to turn around and sell it, he had a friend who fixes and flips homes that was really interested.  We told him no, but he brought it up a few times so I know he was serious.  I remembered this and totally feel like it's worth investigating.  (Unless you want our house...)  If it all works out the way I see it we will be out of this house without our doing any serious work to it and into an adorable house, in the same neighborhood, on the same street, in the same school and ward, with a lower house payment and all our debt...gone.  (Other than the mortgage, of course.)  Can I get a booyah!?!  

Oh, and the gas extender we've been trying totally works.  (Unlike the last one...)  If you want some, we are trying to get more free samples.  Brett just made a web site so others can order it, too.  (I'll post it's address once I remember what it is.)  So I don't feel guilty going to the city.  And that's great because Decades has layaway...


Lisa said...

I love it! Keep us posted. . . anything that keeps you in the same neighborhood. . .SERIOUSLY.

Also, my sister is coming to town--will you take us on a "fashion tour" of the city? Decades included?

Hailey said...

Amelia--did you know that the house in question was the other house we looked into renting? We thought it was awesome, but we would have burst it at the seams, so to speak. You guys would fit perfectly there.

Shawn said...

Great to hear about your day... Love great fabric, and have TONS of costumes I have found at Brimfield---its a flea market/antique show in MA---you will have to come some day.

As for the house---don't get it, sorry. I don't like anything earlier than the 1890's. Yes, I'm that weird...

Amelia Merritt said...

Lisa-loooove to! But if I think she is out here when we will be in Boulder? I hope she stays past the 19th! If not, I guess you will just have to, sniff, go with out me.

Hailey- Can't imagine you guys being in there, either. Oddly I love smaller houses because I like the cozy feeling they have. And I love that this has big windows and feels bigger. It feels like the backyard is part of the house.

Shawn- I'm not sure what gave you the impression it was quite THAT old! But I must say I had a house that was 113 and I loved it. Once you update the HVAC, and plumbing they are awesome houses. Solid and charming. But this house is just mid-century. I can say will never buy a 60's 70's house again. The building codes were too lax. I think this one I'm in was put together with cardboard and scotch-tape.

theJorgies said...

hi ... i'm a bit late on this one, and don't really have much to say other than the fact that i admire the clever post title and i miss salt lake.


theJorgies said...

...i rescind the "bit late" portion of my comment. silly me, today is only aug. 6

wow, it's been a l o n g day.

The Bakers said...

Hope it all works out for you!

We've actually looked at buying in that neighborhood too. My friend's old house, second from the corner across from Timpview. Her mom has done an amazing job of renovating...but alas, she can't quite bring herself to let it go.