I'm talking about house hunting and selling our house - and dealing with the dreaded estate agents (having said that the two we have dealt with so far have been very nice). I have been involved in buying precisely one house - the one we currently live in. A had bought his house just when I met him so I wasn't involved in that in any way. We sold that to move to Australia and after renting for 6 months we bought our current home. It wasn't an easy process because we didn't know good and bad areas, and, if we had listened to some of the agents, we would have landed up in a house built on marine mud where whole streets are subsiding or in a dust bowl that gets all the afternoon sun and no breezes. But, it was an easy process from the point of view of being able to buy for cash.
This time around, it's not so easy - we need to sell in order to buy BUT A doesn't want to sell if we can't find somewhere suitable to buy - I feel like I am living the chicken or the egg scenario - which comes first - selling and hope we find somewhere to buy or buying and then hope like hell we can find a buyer so we aren't left with two mortgages and finding a suitable tenant.
Like I said before, first world problem !
Factor in a very fussy child (who will have some say but not a lot of weight given to said opinion) and parents who are going to live on the property with us, menopause cr*p happening and a husband who is now leaving on Monday for a month away - and my stress levels are probably reaching an all time high.
So, today I am thankful that I have a home to live in, that I have the opportunity to buy a property which may, or may not, have something suitable for my parents to live in, and, if there is nothing suitable to live in, we will build something suitable for them.
I am thankful that a typhoon hasn't come through and taken my home away.
I am thankful that my husband has a job.
I am thankful that I have the opportunity to have my folks live close by so we can keep an eye on them as they get older.
I am thankful for Rhianna who hosts Thankful Thursday because it makes me take stock of what is happening in my life and realise that, while there may be a lot of cr*p going on, I certainly have a lot to be thankful for !
What are you thankful for today ?
Have the best Thursday !
TFTD : People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours.