Friday, August 17, 2007

The Ultimate Impulse Buy

I dragged myself up at 5:00 a.m. this morning so that I could squeeze in a few hours of work before an appointment mid-morning today. I answered a few e-mails and drank some coffee before preparing to head down into my workshop, when I suddenly realized that I haven't posted on my blog at all since Monday. Oh my! I'm so sorry. I have a good excuse though.

I'm in the midst of what may be the ultimate impulse buy: a house!

It's not entirely an impulse buy, of course. It's been clear for a while now that my little business is growing way too large for our current home, but our plan was to wait until Spring '08 to take the leap and start house shopping.

My husband's little venture into making sock blockers was what really spurred us forward. He loves woodworking and really has the bug to get seriously into it again now, but we just aren't set up well for that. He mentioned in passing last week that perhaps we should start looking for a house now.

That's all it took really. I decided to head to the bank in the morning to get a loan prequalified. I walked out an hour later with that in hand and next thing I knew, my husband and I are were driving around town looking at possibilities. A day or two after that and we decided to sit down with a realtor and get serious. Much to our surprise, we think we may have found the right place for us already. It's a definite project house that will need a complete remodel, but that's what woodworker husband wants. It's in the right neighborhood for us, the house is the right size and a good layout for us, there are options to convert the entire upstairs to a workshop for me or possibly to convert the large garage, there's an enormous separate workshop building which is split in two areas large enough for my husband to have a full woodworking shop and large enough for me to have a completely separate yarn drying room, and on top of that it's on a good third of an acre (which may not sound large to some of you, but in the area where we live, it's very unusual to get that size lot).

Anyhow, I'm running around like a nut this week, trying to keep the yarn production going without interruption, while also trying to squeeze all of this house stuff in. I hope you will all forgive my lack of blog updates this week now that you know I have a good excuse!

More news to come next week. Everyone have a great weekend!

16 comments:

sprite said...

What exciting news! Good luck!

Stacey said...

Ooooh - congrats!! very exciting!!!!

aija said...

Congratulations! How awesome! :)

~Tonia~ said...

How exciting!! House hunting/buying, etc takes so much time.

Chelsea said...

Congrats! I am thinking I will have to look into buying a house within the next couple of years and it freaks me out!

Oiyi said...

Congrats!!! We also have been looking to move to a bigger house. House hunting can be overwhelming. It's great that you found one you liked so quickly.

Lynne E. said...

Probably the only thing worse than househunting is moving! :-) It sounds like you'll be staying in the same general area, though, so you won't have to find new grocery stores, routes, and such. Good luck with this exciting project!

Pam the Yarn Goddess said...

Congratulations, Deb! It's such fun finding and then buying the perfect house. We're saving for a down payment right now to buy our perfect house. I hope that everything goes well for you - we need to keep seeing that lovely yarn and incredible sock blockers come our way! Maybe Hubs should try his hand at some other things, too - like a storage box to hold all my stuff in while I sit in the Monster.

Joan said...

Good luck! And I know just the thing to help you towards getting the down payment for your perfect house.... I can't be the only one coveting some of that lovely merino laceweight in the "Rubicund" colorway that Ann mentioned in her blog this week!

Karen S said...

best wishes with the house buy!! It sounds so exiting, and I could really envision the endresult when you described it (= heaven)
Looking forward to hearing more!

Micki said...

Wow, congratulations! I'm about to start house hunting too, so I hope some of your good luck rubs off. :)

MonicaPDX said...

Fantastic, Deb! Good luck with everything going smoothly and the deal going through. The place sounds just perfect.

And start training your ears to the sounds of electric saws, sanders, hammering and such now. ;) I grew up in a house that my dad had built (and kept adding to). Once he couldn't squeeze in any more additions, it was sold and we moved out between Scappoose and Vernonia, into an old farmhouse that needed new foundations and the kitchen and bathroom completely remodeled. After that, Dad decided to build a log home up in Washington.

It's addictive. Make sure hubby has time to keep making a few sock blockers here and there! [vbg]

DragonsChest said...

How exciting!!! Best of luck with the whole process -- it's daunting but oh so worth it. Hugs!

~Suzy

Kim said...

Hello,

I would love to try your yarn. Is there any chance you would ship to Canada?

Deb for Fearless Fibers said...

In response to Kim's question above, see the "Profile" section of my Etsy shop for shipping info for folks outside of the U.S. Just go to my shop at http://fearlessfibers.etsy.com and click on the Profile link.

Thanks for all your kind words!
- Deb

Namaste Knitter said...

Very Exciting! It sounds perfect! I hope it's still close enough for you to visit the FH!