Sunday, August 28

House Hunting

Well, this week, along with packing, we have been house hunting. No, we are not moving in with Mom. I just wouldn't be able to take that kind of abuse all the time. This is not the mother I've known all my life. I'm suspecting that she is having dementia problems or the beginnings of Alzheimer's as my friend Sarah pointed out. Sarah is a nurse and I'm sure she could be right. The anger, the childish behavior and the way she is treating everyone is just not like her. She has a different favorite person everyday of the week.

Now, to tell you about hubby's and my experience house hunting. We have looked at about a dozen places. Out of that number, I would probably only live in two of them. One is a beautiful little cottage. It has a storage shed, a workshop, four bedrooms, a huge pantry, all appliances included and a freezer. It has lots of cupboard and storing space. It is $1050 per month. That is high for us, but it is to die for. The second place that was acceptable was a townhouse. 3 bedrooms, an unfinished basement, one full bath, two 2 piece baths, a pantry and carpeting, which I'm not keen on. Too much vacuuming, which I can't do because of my spinal injury. Hubby is not real faithful about vacuuming. We can take Dakota to both of these places.

Other places we have looked at are semi detached houses, townhouses and single family dwellings. We also looked at one apartment in a building. Most of these were more than the two above and many of them were in deplorable condition. They still want $850 to $950 a month plus utilities. In two of those places the floors were only half there, tiles were torn up, holes in the walls and other damage done by tenants. One man wanted me to move in to a place that was filthy, clean it, lay a new floor and paint the entire semi and didn't want to allow us anything on the rent. Afraid not.

So the search goes on. There is a perfect house out there for us somewhere and we're hoping it shows itself before the end of September. That is when we have to be out of here.


  1. I think you've made the right decision. Not, what to do with Mom, who seems to be slipping?

  2. I think this is the right decision too, and I think Sarah may also be right. I had missed the post below somehow and when I read it, it sounded like dementia or Alzheimer's to me as well.
    Praying you find the right place and get your Mom taken care of too.

  3. Sounds grueling, Mary. I hope and pray you find the right place for the right price. I know looking at rentals can be discouraging. And how distressing to see your mom changing before your eyes. My mom isn't the same cheerful person she used to be, but I don't think she's going that route yet.

    I didn't read why you have to move. I know you've done a lot of work on that house.

    Best wishes for this week!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom.

    The two houses you like sounded wonderful. I hope you find the perfect house soon! Good luck!

  5. I hope you find a great place and are able to get Mom settled....

  6. Mary, I also think you & Dwight made the right decision about not moving in with your mom. After reading what you had said of her behaviour in your previous post, I seriously had doubts that it would work out. I'm so sorry I haven't had a chance to call yet, I ended up being gone most of the day Friday and now E is off for the week and always around. By next week once he goes back to work and all my company is gone, I'll call, I promise:-)

    Fingers crossed that you guys can find a house soon...unbelievable what some want for rent considering how much the place is falling apart and dirty. xoxo

  7. Oh Mary....... I am so sorry about your Mom and you not being able to go there..... I understand very well.. It sounds like the rent there is as bad as here.... I pray that the Lord send you just the right place.... HE has a plan for your life...... I could not get into your blog yesterday ..... don't know what was wrong, but glad that I am able to visit now!

    Chin up girl...... keep the faith....

  8. Mary....I swore I wasn't going to sit at the computer long today because of all the scanning and editing I've been doing all week, but I checked my blog and saw your troubles getting into your own blog. I then tried to come here...and got an error message also. So, I went out to google and typed in the error message I got....and a forum told me it was blogrolling that is giving the error. I logged in for you, and found a page element that had blogrolling as a link....the "Green Thumb" Blog roll. I deleted it, saved your template...and I'm in!!! I understand that BLOGROLLING doesn't even exist any more.

    Hopefully, you can get in also.
    Let me know.

    Now, I'm getting away from this computer and not to come back until Tuesday!! I'm pooped!! LOL

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