Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Lash-tastic Texas
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The place we're in now isn't going to end up working out for us, and I'd been feeling sad and bummed about it since I felt like we were "stuck" here for the long term. We moved here intending to have some chickens, maybe a goat, in the yard. Our landlord (DH's boss) also owns the adjacent two-acre lot that has its own septic system, so we were intending to have DH's parents move their trailer down here and live on that lot. Well, turns out that this house is part of an HOA (even being out in the county), and they don't allow chickens or goats. (But horses are okay. Go figure.) It would take a vote to change the laws, and 50% of the homeowners would have to vote (which would be over 200 people), and then 50% of THOSE would have to vote yes. On a good year, they have maybe 40-50 votes. :/ And if someone is going to bring a trailer into the neighborhood, it can't be more than four years old. DH's parents' trailer is way older than that, but has new siding and a new roof and looks WAY WAY nicer than even 2-3 trailers that are within walking distance right on our street. He took pictures of it before a board meeting to see if an exception could be made, but he got denied. So his parents have to find alternate arrangements if they're going to come down, which they were in the process of doing, and will possibly move as early as January.
Meanwhile, DH's job has changed a couple of times, and he's now a truck driver (still same company) and will be getting his CDL and taking a small handful of overnight trips a month. He was stressed about this at first but is now excited about it since it will be a significantly lower-stress job than either of the two he had before at that place (the stress was through no fault of his own, but why those positions didn't work out is another story). Anyway. So we had a few more questions about the new job and also were talking just between me and DH about possibly looking for somewhere else to live (but were sad about that b/c our lease-purchase agreement included a hefty deposit that would be forfeited if we get out of it), and trying to stay here until a few months after the baby came (since the new place that we find would likely have its own deposit and whatnot), so we invited the boss over yesterday afternoon to ask our questions in person. He's a little scary to try to talk to via text, lol. We talk about the job for a bit and then he starts to mention a different house (before DH or I say anything) and interrupts himself and said, "I'm assuming you all want to stay here?" There was the opening we needed and DH and I spoke a bit about how this current place wouldn't work for us long-term. Then the boss tells us about a place just up the road, OUT of the HOA area, that he put an offer and some earnest money on. He was going to help his daughter and his son-in-law and their kids get into it, but they separated just a few days ago (that's another long story), so they won't be in there. It's another acre lot, same as we're on now, with a doublewide trailer, a brand-new aerobic septic system, a "shop" (I haven't seen inside it but it looks like a detached garage from the outside), a little playground, and a fully fenced yard. Downsides are that the shower in the master bath has a crack in the bottom and the dishwasher doesn't work. We're going to go tomorrow night to look at the inside to see if it will work for us, but just from what's been said so far, it's almost a sure thing that we'll be moving. Please pray for a smooth transition. If we do this, we'll probably move at the end of September.
Andrea , child of God, wife of Tim , mama of L, B,
I'm on a healthy mission.