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November 26, 2005

A Cold Farewell

My hands are numb. I just spent the last few hours outside on the lawn tractor. Yes, I am aware that it is november 26 and most people do not mow their lawns this late into the season, but I am a different case. My job is to make this tract of land in the middle of the woods look like a golf course all year around. That involves mowing when the grass is growing and vacuuming the leaves off of it when it is not. At least once per week, I fire up the tractor and go out to spiff up the yard. I have been a caretaker of this large property for the past 2 and a half years, but that is all about to change.

I have not wanted to mention it for fear that something would happen and it would all come crashing down, but Lindsay and I are buying a house. We settle on Monday. We are finally finished pouring through years worth of tax documents, faxing miles of paperwork, and talking to bankers, lawyers, agents, and underwriters. Everything checks out (as we knew it would) and we sign the final papers Monday morning.

We have been looking for a house over this past year. We have considered everything from fancy townhouses, to gutted shells of rundown shacks on lots of land. The goal was to invest in a property that would make a good deal of money over the next few years, sell it and buy something we really like. Well, we were able to skip that whole inconvenient middle step.

We found an amazing house that was cheaper than most of the investment properties we were considering! We are buying a log cabin on 2 acres of land in PA. There are lots of gorgeous old hardwood trees and evergreens on the property and it feels like it is in a world all its own. The house has been impeccably maintained, and it is ready for us to just move right in. It has 2 fireplaces and a woodstove, and it is all wood inside and out. I really can't describe how beautiful it is (I am sure that pictures will be posted before too long).

We are just about finished packing. It is amazing how much stuff 2 very non-materialistic people accumulate in such a short amount of time. Linds and I spent our first summer we were married living out of backpacks, hitch-hiking around Thailand, and climbing mountains in the Whites (NH). When we moved in here, our moving van was a yellow 2 door ford festiva filled with boxes and clothes (Ian and Laura helped carry our bed and dresser with a mini-van). Now, two and a half short years later, it has literally taken about a week to pack up and we have an entire bay of a garage stacked full of boxes. I am astounded, but not disappointed as I would have imagined a few years ago. things like plates, chairs, tools, and toasters make everyday life a bit easier and more enjoyable.

It has been a great opportunity to live where we have been for the past 2 and a half years, but it has been a LOT of work. We can't wait to move out. Today as the setting sun was sinking into the cold november evening, I backed the tractor into the garage for the last time and smiled to myself. This has been a nice chapter in life, but I am sure the next will be even better.

Posted by collin on November 26, 2005 05:30 PM

Comments

Dude, you call yourself non-materialistic and you use a toaster to toast your toast? Whatever happened to toasting toast over an open fire? Or doubling the value of another appliance, like using a clothes iron to toast? Or throwing it in the dryer? You don't really NEED that toaster, dude. And don't get me started on why you don't NEED your chair...

Posted by: tater on November 26, 2005 08:42 PM

Here is a great picture of their new house for you.

Posted by: jason on November 26, 2005 09:31 PM

have your masters landlords found new slaves tenants to replace you yet?

Posted by: jason on November 26, 2005 09:37 PM

Yes. A single 42 year old woman. Hope she doesn't mind fighting leaves, running a chain-saw, and hauling wood.

Posted by: Collin - Band Member on November 27, 2005 11:38 PM

Congrats, I'm very happy for you guys.

Posted by: Jack on November 28, 2005 06:53 AM

that is soo awesome collin! i wish the best for you and linds! if you need help anytime let me know.

Posted by: Anonymous on November 28, 2005 09:44 AM

that was me beth

Posted by: Anonymous on November 28, 2005 09:45 AM

:-D Congrats!

Posted by: sha'uri on November 28, 2005 10:43 AM

If you need any help don't bother letting me know.

Posted by: Isaiah on November 28, 2005 07:15 PM

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