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I love to visit The Depot, a non-prof secondhand store in Decorah. It is, in short, a perpetual garage sale that takes donations from the community and donates its profits to local charity organizations. There are amazing deals on utterly …

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So, when Tim and I walked through this house, the previous owners were still living here. All their stuff was here (well, all the stuff the real estate agent let them keep after staging). I didn’t open cabinets and peer …

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(This entry is about August 10th, 2018.) We closed on the house! The day we were shooting for was August 15th, but the banker suddenly decided August 10th was better,  and was that okay? The response can never be “No” …

We still had a ton of paperwork to do. I pulled together every document I could think of to throw at the application, called various companies to request letters of credit, talked to former employers to have them fill out …

The Shelter Saga: Part 2

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A long concrete driveway without too many cracks in it leads up beside this brown gabled house. It’s set way back in the yard and three giant trees block most of the view, so there isn’t much to see from …

 

The Shelter Saga: Part 1

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I stopped blogging about our home-buying experiences because I felt like I’d jinx our progress if I told too many people about each step. I found the entire vexing, labyrinthine process too emotionally upsetting to process effectively, anyway. Thus, radio …

 

The Bomb In The Kitchen

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I have been watching the rise of the Instant Pot with interest. I like the idea of being able to cook a whole meal with one pan. I really like the idea of being able to put the frozen-solid roast …

 

Pregnant with a House

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Tim and I have been toying with the idea of home ownership for a decade or more. We’ve dreamed about it, talked about it, tried a little bit, and looked at other people’s homes. Suddenly one day, though, it was …