on failed resolutions.

So, my new year’s resolution was to be a better communicator. To take photos and share them right away. To respond to emails upon their receipt. And to treat this blog kindly, as it’s our primary way of chronicling this (monstrous / awesome / terrifying) moment in our lives, and updating (those who care about) our progress.

Resolution failed. (At least for the moment).
Admittedly, we have have been quite terrible.

But life had other plans.
And updating a blog seemed trivial. Unimportant. An insignificant speck on everyone’s radar.
We knew we’d return to it; it would just take a bit of time.
My hope is to now resume that floundering resolution.

Just because we haven’t been typing, that doesn’t mean that progress hasn’t been made.
Finally (finally!), on March 4, we had settlement for our construction loan.
Tom and his crew have been there a couple of days a week making progress, and the whole house is almost entirely framed out, not slowed at all by the fact that Tom just had surgery on his knee. (That man is incredible).
And this morning, the bank was there doing an inspection.
Dare I say it, things seem to be moving.

We have many photos to share, and will do so soon……
(Here’s to resumed resolutions!)

and ps. Happy Birthday, Billy.

(un)settlement day.

We were supposed to have settlement on our construction loan today.
(I really wish that sentence read “we had settlement on our construction loan today.”)
But, alas, it was postponed.

So, the property we own is what’s left of a former 40 acre dairy farm.  The barn and the farmhouse were subdivided into their own parcels in 1976 and 1977 with the rest of the neighborhood.  The only map of our property we were ever shown and have ever seen was the one from ‘77.  Apparently, information on our property was either poorly (or not at all) recorded before or since then, and now we have to wait until we can put the pieces together.

We just found out about this last Friday, and needless to say, it didn’t get straightened out in time for us to close today.

Unfortunately, it looks like we’re cleaning up a mess 35 years in the making. 

……we just hope it doesn’t take too long.


We don’t feel particularly patient, but I suppose we have been.  Today was a very (very) long time coming, but worth the wait.  The farmhouse is sold, a huge milestone in our project. Essentially, all of our renovation money has been tied up in that house, so since we bought it and the barn back in April, we’ve been doing (delicate) demo, and waitingwaitingwaiting.

But today was our closing, and the farmhouse is officially sold. 

Not only is it sold, but it’s sold to really rad people.  Who will be our future-neighbors. And we can’t be more excited.

It’s a bizarre dynamic, selling to people who will be your neighbors. 

Most real estate transactions are:

“Hi, nice to meet you, sign here, thanks for buying our house, good luck and we’ll probably never see you again.”

Ours was more:

“You like our house?  Cool, cause we love it too.  ps. We’ll be living next door, in (six/seven/eight) months, when construction is done.  How do you feel about dogs / composting / split-rail fences?  Sure, you can borrow our tractor / chainsaw / driveway.  See you next weekend!”

We’ve been in touch with them a lot leading up to closing, and we think we’re off to a great start.  We’re pretty pumped about it.

So, the farmhouse is officially sold. 

And all that’s left to do is……… everything.