Sarah is gaining her first experiences in becoming a home owner. Last December her intentions were not to own a house but only to find a place to live. Even though the economy is still depressed in our county, rental property is still high. Having pets make it even more difficult to find a place to call home that is affordable. We suggested that she look into buying. What a difference! She discovered that a house payment would be much cheaper than paying rent. Of course she fell in love with a house. A house with character. A house near an used book store. A house near a bakery. A house with a lamp post. A house near a river to launch her kayak. These were signs we thought. Bid placed. Bid accepted. Financing good. Closing set for February 26th. February 26th came and went. No closing. Apparently the government (HUD) has decided that $18,000 more is needed for paint “repairs”. The house had already passed inspections. Contracts had been signed. I have one disappointed daughter and two disappointed dogs. One very disappointed and depressed dog. (Miss Ellie) “You just have to dream yourself in a different house.” I tell her. It’s hard losing your first love though. Hunt is on again. Yesterday we spent the day looking at properties. I’m discovering that Sarah and I both fall in love with old houses. I think it is because you know that those walls hold stories…of laughter, tears, and life. Younger houses have stories too but…
All of this reminds me of Virginia Lee Burton and The Little House written in 1942. A classic tale that has stood the test of time just like the beautiful older homes gracing our communities. This story would be wonderful to use for the ideas of change, the effects of urbanization, restoration, and more.
Did you know that in the early to mid 1900s you could order a house through the Sears catalog? A family’s journey into ownership of a mail order house is chronicled in A House in the Mail. I was fascinated when I discovered this piece of history. Prophetstown State Park is a must road trip. One of the many things to explore is the replica of a Sears catalog home complete with a working farm. Beautiful park that is loaded with Indiana history.
Happy Reading and Road Tripping 🙂