Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Phase Two!

Our realtor called several times this afternoon with questions during the inspection. They asked a lot of things that made us very nervous. We gave honest answers, but were a bit stumped by a lot of the questions. Just when we thought this might not go well, she called again to say we passed the inspection with flying colors - they found no issues whatsoever!! She said we could begin packing, but wanted us to wait until after the appraisal because she didn't want boxes piled up around the house. Why, we don't know, but that's fine - as long as we know the sale is proceeding smoothly!

We decided to go to dinner tonight at a much recommended cafe in a small town, population 1200, abut 25 miles from the Squash House. You can see from the photo of the sign outside the name of the restaurant - WhoopemUp Hollow Cafe. We had the best dinner out that we've had in a very long time! Who would have thought that this tiny town surrounded by wheat fields could produce such incredible food!

Below are two metal sculptures outside the restaurant. You can see that I took these photos in the darkness. It was pitch black - no street lights or any illumination. I turned on my flash to see what would happen - and voila - fantastic photos! They reminded me of huge balls of yarn!
You can get an idea of their size by the car parked next to the first ball!
Today we had new windows installed at the Squash House. It didn't go off without a hitch, though. Turns out after measuring twice, they still managed to order three of them the wrong size! They have to be re-ordered which will take a couple of weeks. The windows that were installed are fantastic! We will no longer have to deal with old storm windows - now we have energy efficient double paned windows!

Tomorrow we meet with an electrician and also will be painting the remainder of the kitchen cabinets. Slowly but surely we're making progress! I'm doing my best to catch up on my blog reading - more tomorrow for sure - I go through withdrawal when I'm not able to see what you all are up to!

16 comments:

Ulla said...

Congratulations for passing the inspection! Now you can really start planning your first Christmas at the Squash House, with new windows and all.

*karendianne. said...

This is great news but golly I picked up on some nervous energy there in the beginning. If I were a healthy person and could drink, I'd honestly say I'd be drinking now. Well, not at this early morning hour but this would be time I'd allow myself some liberties. But I'm not healthy enough to drink so I'd have to do something profound like, I don't know, become a Buddhist. Hmmm. No. That would really stress me out. Can't just up and change your orientation. Well, I reckon it's down to deep breaths and prayer. (...pull out the mala beads, meditate and there's a good combo)

Stephanie said...

What a fun cafe`! You just never know about these small towns. I'm just thrilled at how everything is progressing for you and Mr. Squash.

Cindy said...

Sounds like things are progressing in a possitive way on the house..great.

Have to ask, what are the two "balls of yarn-looking things" supposed to be, or represent?

onlymehere said...

Woohoo Candace! That's a hurdle passed and a worry you won't have to have anymore. We try to keep our house in good repair too but you just never know what may be going on you don't know about yet. You're almost home!

Quilt Hollow said...

Yeah....flying colors inspection!! You were making me a tad nervous those first few lines of your posting and it isn't even my home...but you are a friend so I want the best for you.
Squash House....oh....home alas!

Mary said...

Great new! Your house passed! And it looks like your new home town has interesting night life. That's two home runs in one day.

Shakerwood Primitives said...

We've lived in the same house for 25 years. I can't imagine how nerve-racking this must be. Shopping is great therapy! Hope everything works out well.

Linda said...

Such exciting news Candace, I'm sure you must be thrilled at the prospect of moving into Squash House. Have they given you a date yet? Small towns are usually the best for good eating establishments, tye need to attract the locals year long, glad you enjoyed your meal.

Kaaren said...

The inspection is the biggest hurdle, Candace. You're 99.9% there.

I think the realtor wants the house looking as pristine and as perfect as possible for the inspection...hense the 'no boxes' comment.

I can hear "Jingle Bells" playing at the Squash House...can you?

And what did you have to eat? You neglected to tell us that important bit of information! My stomach really wants to know.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh I am so happy for you that things are moving along. You needed to go out and had a Rip raoring time!!! and it sounds as if you did!!

Libby said...

Yeah for a successful inspection! The appraisal request is a puzzler, thought *s*

Jackie said...

Everything is going to be smooth sailing! I know you're anxious to pack. The appraisal must be coming up pretty soon and I know your house is going to show beautifully!

Love the name of the cafe and the sculpture is unexpected.

Carrie P. said...

Yeah, for passing inspection. It makes me nervous when we have done that in the past.
I love the sign at the restaurant. Very vintage. Those giant balls are cool too.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you and Mr. Squash...You should be settled in by the holidays in your new nest. What a glorious photo of Mt. Ranier. A week ago we took the steam train ride out of Elbe/Mineral to the base of Mt. Ranier for glorious fall color but alas no view of the Mountain..ah shucks..Remember to dig up St. Joseph once the escrow has closed..He may come in handy for a friend trying to sell..congrats again and thinking good thoughts that all will continue to go well for you. Louise

Karen said...

I like your house numbers. I should get some new ones, myself!