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You know our motto; “Once things start to settle down and become routine, shake it up!”  Well, it’s really not, but we are shaking it up anyway.  It just happens we found the home of our dreams and had an opportunity to purchase it cash.   It’s a Sears Roebuck home built in 1917.  Sits on a double lot on the outskirts of town, just 2 blocks from Richard’s job and has a great view out the front of Mirror Lake, farmland and mesas/buttes.  Lovely!  It’s a 2 story, farmhouse style with; 5 bedrooms – 2 on 1st floor, 3 on 2nd, 2 walk-in closets and 2 large regular closets, 2 full baths, large enclosed front porch, formal entry, large living room and open kitchen with pantry, small back entry that leads to basement.  It has many large Cottonwood trees in the yard and an operating well and pump so we have that to water the gardens we’ll put in.

We closed on it Friday, June 29th and that evening we began clearing out the rubble shown in the photos here.  So far we’ve removed the carpets and trash, taken off the paneling from the upstairs master bed walls, gotten the old stove out, removed the old electric meter base and panel box along with old wiring and associated electrical mess.  We’ve had the new water meter put in, so we do already have water to the house.  The lawn has been cleaned and mowed, garage cleaned out so we can start putting the hoards of junk in there to collect for trips to the dump.  We have scheduled the new ditch being dug from alley to the house for laying of new electrical, propane and fiber optic which is supposed to happen by this weekend.  The electrician that we’ve hired to dig the ditch is also scheduled to install the new meter base on the exterior of the house and wire it to the panel box Richard’s put up inside.  Once all of those things are done then the plumber will return and redo all of the interior plumbing to the tune of about $2,000.  Not bad for new plumbing on 2 floors plus basement, so we’re pretty happy about it all.  Richard will run all new electric wiring, beginning with kitchen, living room, 2nd floor bath and master bed first so we can get in sooner.  He’ll finish wiring and we’ll replace broken windows, walls, ceilings, whatever… over time, once we live there.

We still have to get a new water heater, toilet, sink/vanity combo & shower stall for 2nd floor bath, as well as counter tops, sink and faucet for the kitchen.  All of that will come in around $2,000.  We also have to have a furnace put in….so much to do!  These things will make it possible for us to move in and get this present place cleared out so we can finish painting and cleaning it so it can be put on the market.  Of course we still have 4 windows to put in this house and do some repair work on the mudroom and back exterior of the house before we can get it on the market but truly, everything is falling into place so we have a strong faith we’ll be in the new home by October and this will sell directly after we move.

Well, let us know what you think!  As soon as we get this house sold we are mortgage free!  We’ll get our loans paid off within the next 2 years and we are saving for retirement.  By the time it gets here, we’ll have earned it!  Starting your life at 47 & 48 doesn’t give a person much time to catch up, but we sure are trying!  We are so unbelievably happy with our lives, our future and our opportunities and thank God for each step of the way.  What an adventure we are on!


4 responses

  1. Ed Smelly

    Well, you’ve certainly got your work cut out for you. But when you’re done it will be exactly what you want. Tracey and I found that Winter time is perfect remodeling because the cold keeps the sweat at bay and the snow keeps the dust down 🙂
    Looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Wish I could be there to help.

    July 4, 2012 at 5:11 am

    • We are so excited about how everything is falling into place. It’s eerily like our entire relationship, a river flowing… I wish I could show you inside our heads and have you see what we envision as finished! Years from now when we get there, it’ll be like you cracked our coconuts open and peeked 🙂

      July 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

  2. Jeni and Terry

    Hi, We are so happy for you and can not wait to see eveything. However seeing you two is the most important during our visit. Our plans are to leave MT on the 24th and should be in Bowman on the 25th. We wish you the best in your new adventure.

    Love, Jeni and Terry

    July 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    • I love it, didn’t see this until today, after I posted the pics from your visit here! Love you both so very much xoxoxo

      September 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

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