Monday was the closing on the old house. Do you know that we put in an offer on Radiance Manor the day after Thanksgiving in 2013? Then there was the whole closing fiasco with that and then the long winter where nobody was looking at our house. In our area, the real estate season seems really short and we got the offer right when the market heated up again. We only had 4 showings on our house believe it or not. Anyway it has been a year and a half for this whole process to finish. 540 days, give or take. 540 days.
What a relief. Those of you that have held 2 properties at the same time know what I am talking about. Double everything. Double mortgage, double utlities, double taxes, double property maintenance. Then there is the worry of owning a vacant house and hoping nothing happens to it while it is empty. It just gives you a level of stress that is constant and, frankly, quite wearing.
I think it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
We went to dinner to celebrate this whole shebang being done. We decided to go to Bistro Leroux, which is where we like to do special dinners. They do the half portions, which not only is easier on the wallet, but the waistline! And it allows us to try an appetizer as well. We started with a goat cheese en croute that had a dried cherry and vanilla sauce drizzled with honey.
I don’t like cherries, so John ate those 😀 This is very tasty.
John’s entree was the Eggplant parmesan risotto, which had a little parmesan crisp on it with a tomato herb cream sauce.
My entree was the Buttered Lobster Risotto with a corn salsa, potato crisps and topped with a fried lotus root chip.
The lotus root tasted pretty much like a root vegetable potato chip. Really good.
Anyway, it has been a few months since I did goals – and part of that was because it just felt like we were spinning our wheels in a lot of ways. A lot of the major landscape heavy work is done, which took up the majority of project time. Now that has slowed up some, I can concentrate on a few more goals for June other than just trying to not go crazy from waiting.
1. Trying new recipescipes. I have been pinning some new recipes and darn it – I am going to make them!
2. Finish my trunk. I need to get this one done and up for sale since I have a couple others waiting in the wings. Need to just carve out some time and get the last bits done on it. I might move it out to the back patio to work on since I don’t like being indoors when the weather is nice.
3. Get away weekend. I have not even had a weekend trip in an entire year – not even an overnight anywhere. That changes this month.
4. Ride 47 miles for my 47th birthday. I’ll be doing that hopefully on Friday 😀