And the road goes on forever...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Marc has been off slaying his dragons in North Dakota this week but before he left on Sunday we revisited looking at a lot for sale that I had seen earlier last week. Meeting directly with the owner and his agent we were able to have all our questions answered which was of great benefit and helped to solidify our decision. So, in our Waupaca agent’s office Saturday late in the day we wrote an offer. That has gone back and forth with a couple of counters but we have now come to a meeting of the minds and price so it looks like by the end of January we will finally have our spot! The offer is subject to a perk test for a conventional septic system but we expect no problems on that score.
It’s the perfect size for us, just a little over an acre of all level, sandy soil ground with a mighty big country feel yet only a mile into the town of Waupaca. It sits with 360 degree local views of rolling forested hills and pastures, flanked by an upscale subdivision of homes all on similar one acre lots. Some city services are available, cable TV and high speed internet and natural gas, yet the property has its own well and best of all the subdivision CCRs do not apply to this lot so we won’t be regulated as to RV parking or a particular size house. In addition, there is an older three car garage/shop and a small storage shed. Electric is already on the property but will likely require the power pole to be moved. To top it off, there are two mature apple trees! When we asked the owner what kind of apples he playfully answered, “One’s the cooking kind and one’s the eating kind.” All righty then…
We got a good dumping of snow on Tuesday (around 9 inches) so the kitties and I are just hunkering inside. Here’s Munchkin watching closely as I put some homemade bread together; I exclusively make all my own bread for about the past year—it is so much yummier and healthy than store-bought. Now just waiting for Marc’s return very late on Friday! Our next step will be to meet with the Blenker people to get an idea of actual cost to build the home plan we like.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Follies of Winter

Our new year has started with a bang of icy cold temps so it’s been a battle for Marc to try and keep the vehicles running. He returned from Yuma with the Dodge which he parked last night in front of the garage door blocking my car inside. His company car, a diesel Jetta, would not start this morning; in fact, the battery just rolled over and died, nor can he get the Dodge started. So the only car that might likely start, my Saturn, sits trapped inside the garage. I guess it’s a good thing I wasn’t planning on going anywhere today because this is what we are battling outside this morning: 
Things are back into the winter groove around here since Marc’s return and the holidays are out of the way. I’ve been spending lots of time researching properties and looking around the small community of Waupaca, which seems a good choice for our new home. In addition to considering building lots we have also started looking at resale homes. Waupaca is a charming town full of historic character homes but so far, they’ve all had some major issues which would require oodles of renovation and fix-up. 

I am likely driving my Realtor nuts, vacillating back and forth between things but this could be our forever home from here on out so we want to make the right choice. It’s particularly hard looking at things with snow covering everything and vegetation so barren but this is the better season for deals so I will keep up the pace with the search!