No agility over the break. Everyone was doing the Red Hot Rovers USDAA this past weekend, but I could only remember being really cold there last year, and I am still not sure about doing USDAA – although I did enter one coming up at the end of January. It was probably good, for two reasons, 1) I could barely move my legs yesterday morning, my RA was really terrible. And my hands hurt really bad as well. 2) The roads up there got really slick by the end of the day yesterday. Oh, and 3) I would have missed a super fun Seahawks game.
So anyway, I was going to start writing some house hunting stuff down here. We are still 18 months away from retirement, but the plan is to be in a new home at retirement, so we figure although it is early, we are starting to look at homes now.
We looked at 4 properties on Friday. The first one was on about 1/2 acre in Gig Harbor. It was terrible. It was on a very busy road, there was mold, there was terrible old carpet, just a mess. Not a great start to our quest. The second one was a gorgeous home. It was perfect, nothing I didn’t like. Fairly new, open concept, stainless appliances, a nice big master with a separate tub and shower and a huge walk in closet. It was open and so bright. I just loved this house! But the property was a big disappointment, it sat at the very back of a half acre lot, so there was no backyard. The front yard was nice, and it had a nice view, but really not what we need. The third property was on a flat acre, fenced. The house was tiny. and really choppy, and the neighborhood was sketchy. The 4th property was an older home that had been completely redone. It was beautiful, the finishes were super, hardwood on the main floor, marble in the bathrooms, and the kitchen was a dream. The property was so sweet, a nice flat acre with a chicken coop, detached garage and a large outbuilding. The drawback to this one was the living area was cramped, and the main thing was it was on a very busy highway. So I guess we looked at 5 houses, because after this one, the agent remembered another house on the other side of Gig Harbor. We drove out there and it was a nice house, very similar to the newer one (house 2), but the lot was not flat at all and there was a gun club right behind it. Not great for shelties. ha ha.
The funny thing was that neither of the houses I actually would have considered, (house 2 and house 4) had no fireplaces and I didn’t notice until after the fact. I probably want a fireplace, I am a big fan of fires. House 2 was on gas and had plenty of room in the living area for a fireplace, so it would have been easy to put a gas fireplace in there. Probably no option for a fireplace or woodstove in house 4. Need to remember what I want when I go looking at these places.
I guess another thing was learned was that one acre is probably the minimum. We are on 1/4 acre now, and we thought that an acre would be more than enough, but after seeing what that looked like, I think we need at least that much, and hopefully more. This is going to be tough.