Closing done and June goals.

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.

goat cheese

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 😀

Welcome June!

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21 thoughts on “Closing done and June goals.

  1. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    Sound the trumpets! Loud cheering and clapping and even some jumping up and down coming from here for you. The celebration dinner looked wonderful! Remember to take some deep breaths and let all that house tension GO! So happy for you Lori.

  2. Joanne

    Glad to read all the house stress is done. Take your deep breaths and enjoy your new home and your gardening. It will be beautiful – you have a green thumb.

  3. Fran

    So happy for you you finally sold the house. The housing market here in Holland is slow too and a lot of people sell their house first, then rent something till they buy another house. They just can’t afford to pay for 2 houses.

    The food looks so delicious! It’s funny that if those are half portions, it’s a normal portion you get in a restaurant here.

    I like your goals and keep my fingers crossed for good weather next Friday so you can get your birthday ride in. Can you believe we are already 47 years and still looking gorgeous 🙂
    Fran´s last blog post ..Monday, June 1, 2015: Mishmash

  4. Leah

    Yay for house closing!!! My husband is in the process of buying his first dental practice and we’re getting a taste of what it’s like to make a big purchase. Wow. We’ve never even bought a home yet to date, so this is all new to us.
    Leah´s last blog post ..The Eating is Going Well

  5. deb

    I notice your goals don’t have much to do with weightloss or weight maintenance…maybe now that biking season is here and the stress is gone (congratss!)from that other house things will go smoothly in that department.. A getaway…ahhhh i need one…. Hugs! deb
    deb´s last blog post ..Won’t You Come Inside……………….

    1. Lori Post author

      I didn’t put a weight loss goal because I have already been plugging away at that and it is going, albeit slowly.

  6. Helen

    I don’t know how you guys managed. I know for a fact that we could not hold two mortgages, there’s just no way. Thank goodness that is over and you can really begin to enjoy the new house and bit less stress!
    Helen´s last blog post ..I’m Still Standing

  7. emmaclaire

    Congrats on the final, final closing of the house! That must be a huge weight off your shoulders. Just in time for biking season as well, so you can enjoy it and not have the nagging house worry in the back of your mind.

  8. Kathy W.

    Yay for the closing!! And it’s also great that your buyer got the house she really wanted!

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