I wanted to bring you all up to speed on my disappearance lately…

The last three weeks have been some of the most intense and stressful of my life. Selling our house in Arizona and buying a new house in Michigan during this buying and selling frenzy in the U. S. has been interesting. I’m exhausted!

I always thought I could write through stressful periods but have found that not to be true. I know I haven’t been around lately. Hopefully, this will change now that some things have settled.

We sold our house in Arizona—it is under contract. That part is at least dealt with. Now, all I have left to do is finish packing, set up a pod’s move, and have Ron drive cross-country. We will leave Arizona the first week in January.

Buying a house in Michigan has been the most frustrating and unusual experience we’ve ever had. Currently, the U. S. has some of the lowest mortgage interest rates ever, and that has spawned a flurry of buying and selling (us included). People are listing their homes for $25,000+ below market value, hoping to create a bidding war to drive up the sale of the home. Of course, the RE agents love their commissions increasing, as well!

In the last two weeks, we’ve found and bid on five or six move-in ready homes, fixer-uppers, and homes that are somewhere in-between. Every house has been the same… multiple bids.

This bidding process is really stressful. Once you place your bid, you wait until the owner decides which bid they will accept. I’m sure the highest bid wins out. That’s logical. It usually takes a day or two to find out they rejected your bid. Then, the house hunt starts all over again.

Yesterday, we found out that our bid was accepted on a move-in ready home in Michigan. The owner works at GM, and they are paying for their relocation move. That adds a bit of extra paperwork (60 pages, our RE Agent told us) so the final approval on the sale has a NLT date of acceptance on Wednesday, this week.

We have two good friends, Dustin and Molly, who have gone on these showings with the RE agent in Michigan. We couldn’t have done this without them.

There’s another aspect to this move. On Monday, our seven-month-old kitten, Freyja, will move to a wonderful new home with a family in our present neighborhood. The mom and her two kids came over Friday evening and played with Freyja for a few hours. For this visit, we all wore masks and had a great time. Freyja played with the kids and loved all the attention. This is the best for Freyja and for us. Moving a cat cross-country would be difficult. Five days in a car is hard for us, let alone a kitten.

So things are moving along. I have plenty of time to pack and get ourselves situated. This move will set us up financially for retirement. We will be in a much better place near some of my dearest blog friends: Debby Gies, Charli Mills, and Annette Rochelle Aben.

Thanks for reading.

I’m grateful for your friendship!